do not ask anyone this question. you have to go there at night & listen. Of course, you will be inside a house. Are you a light sleeper? A fan blowing for white noise is what I use when I sleep because I am a light sleeper. Good luck whatever you decide.
Back up and tell us if you are on the Thorndyke side of Dravus or the Gilman side! Most people do become accustomed to the coupling of the trains on the South end, especially with the newer technology for the mechanical couplers. If you are near the 3400 block on Gilman (near the Emerson St bridge then you get to hear the Roundhouse and machine shop 24 hours per day which are often unpredictable and varied noises which are much harder to live with. The other good advice already posted was to go there and listen!
I am a life long Magnolia resident. I lived a few block from the train yard for a year and a half, and I can tell you that there is plenty of noise...mostly from the cars being coupled up like you said, but also a low hum as train are going through. I got used to it in about one month. Interesting thing is, when I moved away, it took me about 2 months to get used to no noise and the gentle vibration rocking me to sleep that I was accustom to.
Everone one is different though. Also, there are no set hrs of noise..every night was different, so you might need a couple of nights of just haging out (for a few hours) to figure it out.
Best of luck.
Good Luck to you in your search for your rental unit. If you are renting a home, stop at the neighbors and ask them. I can tell you that most of them will probably tell you that they got so used to it, that they do not notice it anymore.... But check it out for yourself, everybody has a different tolerance for noise.
Good Luck to you!
Edith YourRealtor4Life And Chicago Connection
Your point is well taken however I lived there for years and couldn't get used to not hearing the trains when I moved over to the west side of Magnolia! Also, I maintain a multiplex on the east side of Magnolia and my tenants tell me that they would miss it if there weren't any train 'noise' so it's a matter of getting used to it however frankly, I've never had a problem.
Speaking from personal experience, you will likely hear passing trains but the noise level may depend on other factors: weather, wind direction, traffic, etc.
Many people say that in time, these sounds become less and less noticeable but this probably depends on the individual.