'Monster train' fears rising in suburbs

'Monster train' fears rising in suburbs

There are 666 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 10, 2009, titled 'Monster train' fears rising in suburbs. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Amid fears of monster trains running through their communities, residents saw the first two Canadian National Railway trains roll down a suburban line Tuesday, one of them a nearly mile-long freight that will ...

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Chicago Tribune.

First Prev
of 34
Next Last
Safer

Evanston, IL

#1 Mar 10, 2009
What the suburbanites’ argument boils down to is that they want the trains to stay in the congested city with the poor people because they think trains are below them and have no place in their rich town. I guarantee those tracks were there long before they moved in, and it should be no surprise that they want to run trains on the train tracks.

Trains are a good thing, they keep trucks off the road which eases traffic congestion and slows wear and tear (less potholes and construction delays). It is also one of the most economical and green ways to move things around. This keeps prices low, and uses less fuel.

If anything we should be building more tracks.

Judged:

93

80

44

Reply »
Report Abuse Judge it!
John J Coughlin

Chicago, IL

#2 Mar 10, 2009
So you're suggesting that Chicagoans have a right to trash suburban neighborhoods with your polution so that you can claim to be green?

It was much easier when you guys just outright admitted that you were pursuing a Communist (today called a socialist) agenda.

Judged:

71

55

4

Reply »
Report Abuse Judge it!
Hank Paulson

Chicago, IL

#3 Mar 11, 2009
Trapped!
David

Wheaton, IL

#4 Mar 11, 2009
John J Coughlin wrote:
So you're suggesting that Chicagoans have a right to trash suburban neighborhoods with your polution
It is not Chicagoans "trashing" suburban neighborhoods. And it is not our pollution. If anything it is more likely suburban pollution as suburbanites tend to drive more, and consume more per capita. In the city we have smaller houses, and buy less stuff from places like walmart. In fact those trains are going from Mundelein ( a suburb) to Matteson ( a suburb) on a canadian owned railroad. And instead of going through the city they are staying in the suburbs. So tell me Mr. Suburbanite how this is Chicago trashing your suburb? And whats with this communist agenda talk? The government is constantly building roads and fighting wars for oil so you can drive and pollute the air. But somehow thats not socialist? Because if it is a handout or heavy handed government action in support of your car driving suburban life style than somehow thats okay?
Bob Raymond

Chicago, IL

#6 Mar 11, 2009
News flash...there are train lines in the suburbs. There are trains on them.
News flash2...people in Barrington are whining about trains. They're ok everywhere else but Barrington.
Like the tools in Long Grove who have blocked Route 53 from going north and wasted thousands on legal fees, it's time for progress.
JLB

Pompano Beach, FL

#7 Mar 11, 2009
Tired? Instead of counting sheep start counting box cars!
Ken in Aurora

Atlanta, GA

#8 Mar 11, 2009
The whole "monster two mile long train" thing is a deceptive statement by the antis. The 130 car train seen by the Trib is about as big as you'll ever see.

Some idiot at TRAC counted the maximum number of containers and added the measurements end to end either without mentioning the containers are stacked two high - or it's intentional deception by TRAC.
CPS Graduate

Batavia, IL

#9 Mar 11, 2009
JLB wrote:
Tired? Instead of counting sheep start counting box cars!
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,uhh,uhh.
Dave

Hickory Hills, IL

#11 Mar 11, 2009
Boo hoo, I grew up on the far southwest side and now live in Evergreen Park. These 'monster' trains have been rolling through this area since before I was born. They aren't that bad. Why should we be the only ones that have to deal with this minor inconvinence? I like having less trucks on the road any day.
Boxcar Willie

Spring Hill, TN

#12 Mar 11, 2009
Another report on a non-story. The anti-rail crowd lost the lawsuit. The good of the many won out over the minor inconvenience of the few. End of story.
Hammer Head

Vernon Hills, IL

#13 Mar 11, 2009
I personally love the fact that a foreign owned company gets to run freight thru the U.S.however and whenever it wants!
GreatWhiteNorth

Porters Lake, Canada

#14 Mar 11, 2009
Would it be so difficult to put in at least 1 underpass in Barrington?
Kenny

Glen Ellyn, IL

#15 Mar 11, 2009
"I have this vision of kids walking to school, not paying attention, not having seen a lot of trains," Darch said. "Now they may be taking risks they shouldn't. That's a huge fear."

I love when reporters go out and spend a day trying to find the stupidest people they can. There is another set of tracks in Barrington that is a lot busier than the CN and it's been there for a few decades. By far the stupidest comment of the day by a public official!
Thanks for the humor Trib.
Makes Sense

Chicago, IL

#16 Mar 11, 2009
I have this vision of kids walking to school, not paying attention, not having seen a lot of trains," Darch said. "Now they may be taking risks they shouldn't. That's a huge fear."

Does she think her stupid kid is going to see a train for the first time and try to run up and hug it or something. Give your kids some credit lady, if they can handle crossing the street, they can handle crossing train tracks.
The percentage

Chicago, IL

#17 Mar 11, 2009
Don't stand in the way of progress and business ya burb people. Choo-Choo!!!
u gotta be kidding

Hoffman Estates, IL

#18 Mar 11, 2009
Does this mean Rodan and Godzilla will be on the road? What time?
JOHN

Elmhurst, IL

#19 Mar 11, 2009
Who cares...bigger money than Barrington won out...case closed! Next story please....
Brian

Hartsville, SC

#20 Mar 11, 2009
If Barrington and the other NIMBY's in SW Lake County spent more time and money on mitigating the impact rather than fighting anything resembling change, the area would be a lot more efficient, and they would not have these concerns now.

Trains are the least of Barrington's problems. Because they won't allow a bypass, and love their little buggy lanes rolling through the hillsides, Barrington is one big traffic jam during rush hours. Wake up people! Your quality of life is going down, and your country lifestyle is a mirage.
Jim

Osprey, FL

#21 Mar 11, 2009
Dave wrote:
Boo hoo, I grew up on the far southwest side and now live in Evergreen Park. These 'monster' trains have been rolling through this area since before I was born. They aren't that bad. Why should we be the only ones that have to deal with this minor inconvinence? I like having less trucks on the road any day.
Amen, brother. I too grew up with the same trains.
Iknowthatguy

Oak Brook, IL

#23 Mar 11, 2009
Mr. Coughlin, you are off the subject and a tad irrational.
John J Coughlin wrote:
So you're suggesting that Chicagoans have a right to trash suburban neighborhoods with your polution so that you can claim to be green?
It was much easier when you guys just outright admitted that you were pursuing a Communist (today called a socialist) agenda.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 34
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Canadian National Railway Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Spadina coach yard limited edition print Apr 9 Joe 1
News The CNR viaduct in Port Hope, Ont. was built in... Mar '17 Pierre Berton was... 1
Diversity is White Genocide Mar '17 Thomas 2
News CSX to Hire Hunter Harrison as CEO Mar '17 Thomas 1
News CN strike could affect GO Transit service on Tu... Mar '17 Thomas 1
E. Hunter Harrison Earns $29,281 PER DAY !!! (C... (Feb '07) Feb '17 taggart 167
News Canadian National suspends former CEO Hunter Ha... (Jan '12) Oct '16 Anonamous 8
More from around the web