BEACH, N.D. (AP) _ Residents of the western North Dakota town of
Beach say they're looking forward to hearing fewer train horns in
The city is establishing a ``quiet zone'' for railroads next
spring. Passing trains won't be required to sound their horns
unless there is an emergency.
Beach is located near the Montana border in southwestern North
Dakota. City Auditor Kim Nunberg says residents have been asking
for a quiet zone since the tourist town of Medora set one up more
than two years ago. Medora is about 25 miles east of Beach.
City Engineer Terry Boehm says that safety improvements to railroad
crossings are needed to establish a quiet zone.
Several other North Dakota cities have quiet zones, including
Grand Forks and Fargo.