Yes, they are active train tracks and although they are very close there, you actually hear the trains in many parts of Royal Oak.
I live in the downtown area and we certainly hear them here. It is something that you do get used to and after awhile, don't even notice.
I currently have a home listed in that neighborhood and that homeowner agrees that they don't notice it anymore.
Let me know if you have any other questions specific to Royal Oak neighborhoods.
Good morning. Yes, there is an active train that runs through Royal Oak, Birmingham, Ferndale, etc. You can catch a train to Chicago! There are both passenger trains and trains that transport that come through. Feel free to call my cell 248.320.0811 with other questions about the area. I would be very happy to help figure out what area would work for you.