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I'm currently planning a move to a location along the Norfolk Southern Chicago(to Toledo) line in northwest Ohio, less than half a mile from the tracks and a gated (though, according to the FRA's list, not a silent) crossing. I'm very new to trains/train enthusiasm in general, having taken only Amtrak and commuter rail a couple times. I've never lived this close to the tracks, so I'm mainly concerned about the noise level I could expect, not wanting to lose my hearing because of frequent passing trains. Is the horn substantially louder (such as twice as loud) than the other noises of the train (engines, wheels, brakes, other equipment, etc.)?

I'm aware that train schedules vary due to shippers' requirements, but I'm just kind of looking to get a general idea.
I know the Amtrak comes through twice a day (once each way) at night.

I've read online that the NS Chicago-Toledo line is an extremely busy route, with 80 to 100 trains a day. Is that pretty accurate? How does that compare to other rail lines around the country, if you know?
Are the trains on this route more or less evenly spread out over a 24-hour period, or is it just extremely busy for a few hours a day (for example, back-to-back trains for several hours)?
Is train traffic heavier or lighter at night rather than during the day? Trains during the day would be easier to deal with (and enjoy the sights/sounds).
Do a lot of coal trains travel this line compared to other products?

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