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Sprinter Horns Running Out of Steam

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    Federal rail law requires all trains to blow a warning horn as they approach each and every railroad crossing.

    Warning horns on Sprinter trains that have been in operation only 11 months have already begun to fail, forcing the North County Transit District to temporarily employ a noisier alternative, according to the North County Times.

    Sarah Benson, a spokeswoman for the district, told the paper Thursday that the Sprinter's warning horns have "reached the end of their useful life," even though the new 22-mile light-rail line has only been in operation since March 9. All of the horns, she said, will have to be replaced at a cost of $55,000.

    Federal rail law requires all trains to blow a warning horn as they approach each and every railroad crossing. Horn blasts are designed to warn motorists and pedestrians and to prevent accidents, the paper reported.

    For the full story read the North County Times article "Sprinter Horns Start to Wear Out."