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Why do train tracks make a tingling or ringing noise when a train is approaching?

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Question by G.: Why do train tracks make a tingling or ringing noise when a train is approaching?
Whenever a train is approaching, the tracks emit a sound I describe as “tingling”. At first I thought it had to do with electric current being passed through the third rail, but I hear this sound on non-electric tracks too. A cursory web search revealed no information about this.

My theory is that the sound is due to structural resonance from the train’s vibrations. Does anyone know for sure?

Best answer:

Answer by squeaky guinea pig
Welded tracks carry the sound of the train, the steel from which the tracks are made is a good conductor of the vibrations from the wheels, traction motors etc.

Hence the ‘singing’ sound when a train approaches.

What do you think? Answer below!

My lionel train doesnt make noise? Its a Canadian Pacific. ?

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Question by Jay B: My lionel train doesnt make noise? Its a Canadian Pacific. ?
My Lionel Canadian Pacific train doesnt make noise anymore. The “railsounds” such as the man talking, or the whistle or bell. I have both switches on at the bottom and the volume is at full. HELP ME! Please….

Best answer:

Answer by Ben H
Do the sounds come on at higher track voltages? Normally, Railsounds won’t work until the track voltage gets above about 10 volts or so, unless a 9-volt battery is installed.

So, you might try installing a fresh 9-volt battery. Check your manual for the exact location of where to do so.

More than likely, if this doesn’t fix the problem, it will need to go back to the factory for service. Barring a loose wire somewhere(either supplying power to the board, or to the speaker), the board will probably need to be replaced. Of course, you could have a bad speaker also, but there again it’s hard to say.

Lionel service is really great to deal with, and has improved immensely since they hired a new service director a few months ago. The best thing you can do, aside from replacing the battery, is picking up the phone and giving them a call.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

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