Aug 18, 2014
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A Point Richmond intersection is quieter now that BNSF Railway installed a “curve lubricator” to muffle the screeching noise made by train wheels, according to City Manager Bill Lindsay.

The Port of Richmond has been working with BNSF to reduce rail car wheel noise near the intersection of Cutting and Canal boulevards, Lindsay reported in his weekly newsletter Monday.

“BNSF’s Maintenance of Ways Department has recently installed a curve lubricator which should be reducing ‘wheels squeal’ at that location,” Lindsay said.

But that won’t solve the problem raised by Councilmember Tom Butt, who has for years been trying to reduce the noise caused by train horns. See here and here for recent stories on the effort to lower the volume on the horns, which Butt says are loud enough to cause hearing loss and sleep deprivation.

The map below shows where the curve lubricator was installed (notice the curved trackway just south of the intersection.):



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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.