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East Bay (Oakland CA area) residents are seek relief from Train horns. The article has good discussion on many relevent issues, including residencts not being informed about the trains before buying the homes, and safety issues. It’s also interesting to see an on-the-record comment by a Union Pacific representative support the use of wayside horns.
A related article from the Christian Science Monitor also discusses some of the same issues. Les Blomberg from the Noise Pollution Clearinghouse states: “The FRA did not study whether more train-horn noise would actually cause more deaths by creating fatigued drivers”