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South Tampa residents want an end to late-night train horns

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Orlando Ramirez says the train horns jolt him out of bed. And it's not just once, but several times – nearly every night of the week.

"To me, it sounds like it's the end of the world because I need to wake up pretty early in the morning," Ramirez said.

He and his neighbors say it's loud enough to wake the dead.

"Hearing the blaring sounds of the horns has been a little crazy and a little obnoxious to be honest with you," he said

"When he comes through it's disturbing, especially if you're not prepared for it," said Jerry Tackett.

Tackett's lived in Tampa for 25 years.

He said the trains have never been much of a bother, until lately.

"The last 6 months to a year ago, it seems like maybe they've switched engineers," he said. "I don't think he cares one way or another. He just lays on the horn whether he's crossing the highway or the alleyway or whatever. It doesn't matter to him."

The CSX train runs Sunday through Thursday, carrying everything from chemicals to paper supplies for customers along the Port Tampa line.

It runs at night from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m.

CSX says federal rules require them to blow the horns at intersections, no matter what time it is.

"Go back to the old engineer or teach this guy some manners," Tackett said.

Some are now pushing for a federal quiet zone in south Tampa.

Ramirez and his partner setup a Facebook page hoping to rally support.

"We actually talked to a few neighbors who tell us 'we're moving out because of the trains,'" he said.

He says he knew about the tracks when he bought a townhome a few months ago, but says he was told they were hardly ever used.

"We feel a little kind of duped in the process in kind of knowing now that's not really happening, how we thought it was going to be," he said.

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