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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 24, 2014

Quiet zone brings ‘incredible change’

By Roy Tonnessen | Dec 06, 2012

To the editor:

Fairfield has entered a new era. The era of silent trains. For those of us living close to the railroad tracks, this is an incredible change. I find myself sitting up in bed, in the middle of the night, just enjoying the peace and quiet.

I believe the quiet zone will be very beneficial for attracting businesses to Fairfield. I also believe most of the people who live here or who visit us will enjoy the town even more than before.

I am amazed at how quiet it is now. Of course the train horns are largely gone, but also the sound of the trains moving along the tracks has been greatly diminished after the tracks recently were upgraded. When a train comes by now, it is just like a swoosh — and it’s gone. No constant clinking and clanking as when the wheels hit the seams on the old tracks. Thank you to the BNSF Railway Company for that.

I am writing this mainly to thank those who donated time and/or money to move this project forward. First and foremost I am writing to express my deep gratitude to Bill Blackmore and his wife Martha — who had the vision, courage, foresight, energy, conviction and staying power to bring this from a thought to manifestation. You worked at this for a number of years. Thank you both from the very bottom of my heart. What a fabulous gift you both have given to our community.

I also want to thank the general Fairfield community. This was also a community effort. The majority of the project was paid for by money raised from private individuals and businesses. How wonderful it is to live in a community where people care enough about their quality of life to open their pocketbooks to do something about it, instead of just complaining. This is one of those occasions which make me very happy to live in this community.

 

— Roy Tonnessen, Fairfield

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