Trams rattling past seems to be how it is said. Perhaps it is a bit of a hangover from W class tram which were quite noisy and did rattle. Nowadays, trams still make a racket, but a different noise, sometimes a screech as they round corners.
Scott stayed in a city hotel and mentioned that the noise from the trams below disturbed his sleep. He has my sympathy but I live on a very busy tram line and they don't worry me at all. I find them comforting. When I wake in the morning and faintly hear the trams passing, (no double glazing, but thick glass and well sealed windows) I know that Melbourne has not been blown up, we have not been nuked by the Russians, the Palestinian/Jewish problem has not escalated to the point where Muslims have blown up the synagogue opposite, our part foreign owned utility companies have given a return to their shareholders so our city still has electricity. Best of all, I know I have not died in my sleep. Yes, quite comforting. Another day begins.
When Z class trams were introduced to Melbourne in the 1970s, politicians complained about the noise they made as the rounded the corners from Bourke Street into Spring Street. So ameliorative work was done to the tracks.
When D class were introduced to Melbourne, the residents of the apartment complex at the corner of Canterbury Road and Fitzroy Street, St Kilda complained about the noise the Combino trams made as they rounded the corner into the light rail reservation. Some ameliorative work was done.
The works were probably un-necessary. Eventually new tram wheels and old tram tracks agree to get along and the excessive noise dissipates. Must have been someone very influential in the apartments in St Kilda to get the government to spend at least tens of thousands of dollars on track work.
Mother lives near Princes Highway and she used to complain about the noise of traffic at night and then Pakenham was bypassed by a freeway and she complained she missed the sound of the traffic.
We humans are a moaning old lot aren't we. Just what you get used to I suppose, although I never quite got used to the noise of the first Alamein train when we lived near the railway line. Imagine if you lived near a zoo and were woken by lions roaring. I would sit bolt upright I think.