There are some odors that are typical to the rail yard on Maple Avenue. The smell of diesel exhaust for example would be typical at the railroad facility. Residents who live in areas adjacent to the rail yard are encouraged to make themselves familiar with the odors that are typical there. During the transfer of chemicals or other products it is unusual for strong odors to be released that would be detected by residents. The Fire Department recommends that residents who live in the area around the rail yard be vigilant. Residents should contact the Town's Emergency Dispatch Center by calling 911 when they notice strong chemical odors that are unusual or they believe a chemical spill has occurred which has the potential to create an emergency situation.
Some of you have contacted the local emergency depts., regarding an odor that may be coming from the rail yard. Upon investigation by the Fire Department and Board of Health, the odor was found to be coming from the railroad ties, preserved with creosote. Creosote is a common preservative for wood products, used throughout the United States.
Newly delivered ties will have a stronger odor for a short duration then the existing ties found already in place.