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Idle trains irk Clifton Park residents

CLIFTON PARK -- Several residents along Tanner Road complained to Canadian Pacific about trains they say are left idling on a side track near their homes for hours.

It was always noisy and in the winter it's louder because the foliage is gone. Lately this spring its been more intense all night even into the morning to 6am, said Anthony Casapullo, who lives nearby. When I've got the windows open, like Ive had a few nights, all of a sudden when they slam the trains together it startles you. You jump because you're half asleep so I had to actually close the windows.

Casapullo did not make a formal complaint to the railroad or other agency, but other neighbors have made complaints.

Across the street, Frank Popolizio, Jr. has complained to the railroad and government agencies.

We've gone to the state. The state pushes us to federal because railroad tracks are federal territory and then the federal pushes us back to the state or local so it's a ping pong reaction, said Popolizio, Jr.

Some of his concerns are about pollution from the engines and the cargo the trains may be carrying.

If a train is moving through that's one thing and they're moving cargo I have no problem with that, but if we're talking about 24 hours a day, 7 days a week hanging out running, sometimes unattended, I think they should be in a rail yard. That's what it's intended for, said Popolizio, Jr.

Canadian Pacific said it has received some complaints from residents along Tanner Road. A spokesperson said the railroad is working with its Operations team to look into the issue.

It encouraged residents with concerns to contact its Community Connect at 800-766-7912 or on its website.