A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
Can anyone else hear the intermittent 'hum' that I can hear on Melbourne Avenue at night? It is a loud droning/humming noise that comes in surges - sometimes very short, sometimes long. It is nothing to do with my property and I have stood in the garden at 3am trying to locate the source but to no avail. If I knew what it was it wouldn't annoy me as much as it does, especially in the summer with the back windows open, as it is the back of the house that gets it worse. Thanks.
I lived over that way from 1980-1984 and the noise was around even then.It was a complete mystery and no one ever got to the bottom of it except,for a suggestion that it may have been connected with the nearby tube line.It got to the point where we went out to get away from it.
Pumping station? Electricity substation? Is there anything like that squirrelled away between the properties locally?
Thank you Geoffrey,
I did suspect it might be due to the electricity sub station between Bowes Park and Palmers Green stations. Its definitely a surge rather than a train or underground type noise. The only reason it bother me isn't the noise itself, its the not knowing for sure where it comes from!
I am not sure what the noise is. If you can hear the overground trains I know they use the track between Bowes Park and Palmers Green to shunt trains around. If you look at the tracks there are three sets of tracks. They can then move trans from the depot at Wood Green onto these to get the trains on the UP to London side or the DOWN to the north side. If they park up while the points are switched, the diesel engines might be heard running and then move slowly off. Hope this helps.
The weird thing is I can distinguish the sound of the trains from the sound I describe, which a very much a low, dull hum/drone. But thank you.
The tube is too far from Melbourne to be a source of the noise (see this geographicly accurate Tube Map) I think the overground trains would also be too far away - The noise would have to be very loud to carry all the way to Melbourne from the railway line and most likely reported/resolved elsewhere?
Could it be something closer to home? Perhaps a refrigeration unit at the back of the Butchers on Green Lanes? Or a faulty street light transformer?
Thanks Richard. The nose definately sounds like an electrical 'surge' but sounds too powerful and loud to be anything domestic, and it does sound near, but i can't seem to locate the direction it comes from. It is heard some nights frequently, and others not at all, and can extend into the morning. Its not a bother, nor does it wake us, but I'm just irritated by not knowing it's source!
What a wonderful map, Richard, I never knew where the tube went between Wood Green and Bounds Green as it seems to take an extraordinary long time in relation to the distance travelled. I suppose it has to get up a hill at some point.
That map is awesome. It's like flight tracker, you can see the trains travelling up and down the lines.
Why not try to make a recording and post it online at Soundcloud for instance? It would help if others recognised it!