Wow, this sucks!
Did I tell you we live beside the train tracks? We do! Not THESE ones in particular and in our case, there is a city street and a chain link buffer, but we're pretty much nestled against a multi-ton steel torpedo. Good times.
I used to think living beside the tracks would be annoying. Just hearing the words conjures up thoughts of rattling dishware and consistently misaligned art on the walls. I used to know someone who rented an beautiful apartment beside train tracks. He said it actually never bothered him. He told me he imagined the sound was the ocean.
When I was a kid, there used to be train service that went through my hometown. It's long gone now, but I have memories of lying in bed and hearing the train whistling in the distance, hearing the rumble of machinery over the tracks. It was very far away from where we lived - but you could still hear it.
I guess that's why I get a certain comfortable feeling when I hear that train go by. It just rumbles past gently. Most times I don't even notice but when I'm aware of it, I can feel the vibration.
In the morning, I get a ride in with my friend Mat from work. Sometimes when I am waiting outside, the train goes past. I watch it approaching, rolling busily toward the downtown core with it's cargo of passengers. As weird as it may sound, I like it. I think it's a unique thing to see from your front door. Maybe I will take a picture for you someday.