Retired railroad exec to consult on Columbus train horn quiet zones

A retired Louisville & Indiana Railroad president has been hired as a consultant to help Columbus establish quiet zones for trains traveling through the city.

Columbus Redevelopment Commission members agreed Monday to hire Secor Consulting LLC, Louisville, Kentucky, to research what infrastructure improvements the city must make so that trains traveling through the State Road 46/State Road 11, and Fifth, Eighth and 11th street crossings would not blow warning horns.

The four being considered for the quiet zone are among Columbus’ 18 public and seven private active crossings, Secor Consulting said in its proposal to do the work.

John K. Secor, Secor Consulting, retired in October 2012 as president of the L&I Railroad after a 44-year railroad career. The city agreed to pay up to $11,500 for his study, which includes $1,000 for incidentals.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.