Montreal's health agency is sounding the alarm over the increased noise from CN trains in Point St. Charles.
The CN tracks run right through the neighbourhood, and have been there for decades, but a recent derailment close to homes and a school haven't stopped the railway from making changes to the way it operates — allowing trains to switch on the tracks.
Resident Peter King says he's noticed an increase of rail traffic, and the size of the trains — and they make lots of noise when they bang together.
"Whenever the train stops and starts, all the wagons bang together," King says. "It could be completely quiet, and then all of a sudden, there'll be this rolling thunder."
The health agency says that rolling thunder exceeds 55 decibels, which it says is enough to cause serious health issues.
Municipal councillor Veronique Fournier says CN's operating procedures need to change.
"We've been asking that for almost two years, when there was a derailment here in Point St. Charles," Fournier says.
Citizen's groups have been trying, so far without success, to have a meeting with CN officials to discuss the problem.