Sayville Residents Fed Up Over Loud LIRR Trains

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Some Sayville residents angry about the sounds and smells coming from idling trains parked near their houses are joining forces against the Long Island Rail Road.

The LIRR trains zipping past Bill McCarthy’s Sayville home are loud and he’s been putting up with it for 22 years.

Now, he says, he and his family must cope with something new — locomotives idling at all hours in his own backyard.

“Literally the diesel engine is directly behind…the patio and my den,” McCarthy told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan.

McCarthy and his neighbors said earplugs won’t do. Their properties are located near a spur where a double track transitions into a single track.

Recently, idling eastbound diesel engines sat waiting ten minutes at a time for the westbound track to clear up.

Kathleen Young said she can’t enjoy her deck and garden.

“At this point we almost have to lip read,” Young said referring the noise.

“Worst on Fridays and on weekends, especially Sundays,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy said he has contacted the LIRR and a representative was sent one year ago, but no action was ever taken.

“My wife is a recovering breast cancer survivor and I said…you’re polluting the air in addition to the trains just sitting there. Enough is enough,” McCarthy said.

Residents hope to see the diesel engines moved 300 feet west to idle behind parking lots of businesses, rather than in their backyards.

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  • Jack

    Why not use the latest technology in a heavily populated area like Long Island? Like HOTSTART add on 13 HP diesel engines to keep engines warm while idling.

  • V

    It’s like the people who want those noise abatement walls build along highways that have been there for 60 or 70 years.
    If the highway noise bothered you why did you buy that property?
    Because it was CHEAPER than any other home in that school district and as a result had lower taxes.
    So you moved next to the highway or railroad to get your kid into a better school.
    I understand that.
    What I don’t get is why after moving in for those advantages, you then complain to the governbment to use EVERYONES taxes to build noise abatement walls, or move railroad siding tracks.
    I would never approve noise abatement walls along highways or spending railroad money to move siding tracks UNLESS it was for NEW highways or railroad that were not there before.
    The LIRR has been where it is for over 150 years.

  • Gill Bates

    One reason for this is the LIRR’s lazy performance. If the trains ran On Time they would not need to stop at the ‘Y’ an idle. In fact they do NOT run on time – and the Eastbound train must wait. This is 100% the fault of the LIRR and IS correctable.

  • Al

    Diesel trains are not regluated like trucks. It is not practical to re-start the large engines after only a few moments waiting for another train. On LIRR the diesel supplies the lights and climate control for all the coaches so no engine/no lights, no air for the brakes. LIRR has been around for a very long time. Don’t live nearby if it bothers you. They were there first. Modern diesels are far cleaner and qiueter than the old steam engines were anyway.

  • John

    I myself have heard the locomotives idling for days on end during track clean up! i had so shut my windows because of the diesel fumes, and the horns blowing all hours of the night is the worst, i have not had a good night sleep since i moved to sayville thanks to the lirr! they complain about not having money and fare hikes, well SHUT THE DAMN ENGINES OFF when not in use! the fuel savings alone will help! in nys diesel trucks by law are to be shut off after 10 or 15 mins of idle why does the lirr not have to obey the laws?????

  • mike

    hmmmmmmmmmmmm – he has been putting up w/ the lirr for 22 years then why buy a house next to tracks. stop your whining – i live directly across from the lirr tracks and i pay far less taxes than the same house down the block away from the tracks. a house adjacent to or very close to lirr tracks will sell for less. If worth less – less taxes. stop your whining and move!!!! i bought a house w/ low taxes across from lirr tracks and will never complain about the lirr because no one forced me to buy my house or forced this man in report to buy his house!!!

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