Columbus residents are hearing more train whistles at night and fewer during the day.

That schedule change was implemented by Louisville and Indiana Railroad and CSX Transportation to enable daytime work crews to make improvements to rail lines near Seymour that will allow for longer, faster and more frequent trains, said John Goldman, Louisville and Indiana president.

Many of the trains that normally would come through Columbus during the day are now passing through during the evening hours — sometimes as late as 10 or 11 p.m. — so that they do not interfere with the work on the southern Indiana lines, Goldman said.

Daytime train traffic through Columbus has not been eliminated, however, as some commuters still find themselves stalled by slow-moving trains during the morning rush hour and at other points throughout the day.

Such train-related traffic delays will increase in Columbus as CSX’s work on the rail lines moves north from Seymour, but that impact likely won’t be felt for months.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.

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Olivia Covington is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5712.