MCward, you most definitely would. I have stayed in houses along that train line and they are easily heard. Some day more than other due to winds. There is a break wall between that helps, but when you're that close it sometimes just doesn't make a difference. Trains do not run all night though. They run frequently in the morning (every 10 min accounting for back and forth) from about 6am to 9am, then from about 3 to 7pm, outside of these times it is around 15 to 20 train passings. You need to realise that the Williamstown line is a short line, so when a train passes in the way through, it will return about 15 minutes later.
That all said though, no matter where you live, you get used to the sounds in the area and they are different everywhere. I live in a lovely location in Footscray that is near a major freight line and when I moved in the sound was very noticeable, but now I dont even notice it. I only notice when visitors come and remind me.
Williamstown is a beautiful place to live and all the amenities are so close. Not to mention the luxury of a beach, city view and many school choices for your family... if you have one.
Obviously the choice is yours, but if I had an opportunity to get into Williasmtown, I'd take it. The competition is already hard enough, regardless of the economy and the state of a real estate sector. It's a long term investment.
You can hear the trains on Garnsworthy when the doors and windows are open. My children have grown up here, I used to hear the trains, but now don’t notice them. As previously stated your brain tunes them out after a while. Have lived in Newport for nearly 20 years, love it, the family have relationships with cafe owners, the fantastic butcher, and old school top class green grocers. My children went to local primary schools, played sport, took music lessons and did all the things Eastern suburbs kids do. They have great tertiary qualifications in ‘ arty’ industries. They Still live here and have excellent friends from primary school days. I have travelled a lot, and on a recent trip to the states, was struck by the similar vibe I experienced while staying in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Yes we have a way to go to get to that level of hipster culture, but the friendly nieghbours, edgy industrial vibe mixed with growing young family vibe, with all the above mentioned cafes full of mums with designer prams most mornings. The lady’s ukulele group gathered in cafe yesterday morning. I feel extremely privaledged to live here, only wish was more affordable for young people to stay where they grew up.