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Railroad frequencies
« on: September 07, 2010, 12:13:20 PM »
To condense all the different frequency threads (and there have been tons over the years) into one, please post your known radio frequencies for Indiana railroads here.  If you know, please include railroad name, yard/road/other, district, the frequency/channel, and whatever else you know about it. 
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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2010, 09:49:19 PM »
I think the ITM Frequency is 160.215.

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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2010, 11:08:06 PM »
CSX CE&D Sub, Evansville IN to Danville IL: 
Road: 161.37
SB dispatcher: 161.52

CSX Illinois Sub, East St. Louis IL to Washington IN:
Road: 160.23
SA dispatcher: 160.98

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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2010, 05:48:32 PM »
NS:
Chicago District             Fort Wayne to Chicago area    161.490        Both ex NKP and ex PRR lines
Fostoria District             Fort Wayne to Bellview OH      161.250        ex NKP
New Castle District         Fort Wayne to Cincinatti area  160.440
Huntington District         Montpelier OH to Peru IN          160.380       ex Wabash
Detroit District              Montpelier OH to Detroit MI       160.380       ex Wabash
Yard channel                                                            160.190       in Fort Wayne area
Frankfort District           Muncie to Frankfort                 160.440

Toledo West                 Toledo OH to Elkhart               160.800        ex NYC waterlevel
Chicago East                 Elkhart to Chicago Area           160.800        ex NYC waterlevel
Marion District               Goshen to Anderson          was 160.800        moving to 160.440  New Castle Dispatcher handles own plus this and Frankfort

MOW                                                                      160.260       mostly the big system gangs, not the local maintainers
Radio phone                                                             161.515       with company cell phones, not used as much anymore
End of Train Device                                                   160.115        just short data bursts every 30 seconds


This is what I can remember off the top of my head.
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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2010, 07:22:53 PM »
Central Railroad of Indianapolis Kokomo-Marion and Marion to Gas City 161.295
U.S. Rail/Winamac Southern Kokomo-Logansport-Bringhurst and Amboy lines 160.905

Norfolk Southern Goodman Yard Marion 160.980
A correction to the above post, Norfolk Southern Marion Branch/District frequency is 161.070 dispatched by Chicago District dispatcher.

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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2010, 01:13:57 AM »
CSX Indianapolis Subdivision (B&O Indianapolis Line):

Road - 08 08 (160.230)
LB Dispatcher Cincinnati - 14 14 (160.320)
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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2010, 06:54:59 PM »
When in Warsaw area its hard to tell which dispatcher you are hearing for NS! It is interesting also that trains could in theory travel Ft. Wayne to Claypool, head north, use Warsaw wye connection and head east back to Ft. Wayne! And most the trip would be under the same dispatcher other than in Ft. Wayne area itself.
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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2010, 07:02:37 PM »
CSX Indianapolis~

160.800 Indy Line road channel
160.560 Don't know what to call this but, local train channel/Belt????
161.400 Indy Belt Ch. 1
160.965 Indy Belt Ch. 2
161.220 Indy Belt Ch. 3
161.010 Indy Belt Ch. 4
161.070 Indy Terminal Dispatch
160.680 Track inspector?

INRD Indianapolis~
161.100 Indianapolis Sub Road
161.535 Indianapolis Yard

ISRR Indianapolis~
160.995 ISRR Road

LIRC Indianapolis~
160.725 LIRC Road
161.025 LIRC Yard

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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2010, 08:56:51 PM »
CSX Indianapolis~

160.800 Indy Line road channel
160.560 Don't know what to call this but, local train channel/Belt????
161.400 Indy Belt Ch. 1
160.965 Indy Belt Ch. 2
161.220 Indy Belt Ch. 3
161.010 Indy Belt Ch. 4
161.070 Indy Terminal Dispatch
160.680 Track inspector?

INRD Indianapolis~
161.100 Indianapolis Sub Road
161.535 Indianapolis Yard

ISRR Indianapolis~
160.995 ISRR Road

LIRC Indianapolis~
160.725 LIRC Road
161.025 LIRC Yard
160.560 is Ch.30 which is the dispatcher.  161.070 is Ch.64 which is the OLD dispatcher channel.

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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2010, 09:13:37 PM »
160.560 is Ch.30 which is the dispatcher.  161.070 is Ch.64 which is the OLD dispatcher channel.

64 is the channel for the IB Dispatcher's Channel, or the old Road West.  

IC got assigned 30 when they went to separate channels for road and dispatcher.  They kept the Road Channel 46, and changed the Dispatcher to 30.  On the St. Louis line, they changed the Road Channel to 17 (for awhile) but then changed to 08 when constant interference became a big problem on 17.  IB remained on 64 for communications.

Used to change at Oaklandon to the ID channel, but now ID is on 38, and road remains 46 all the way to Bellefountaine, OH where it changes to 50-50.

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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2010, 09:32:54 AM »
CSX Indianapolis~

INRD Indianapolis~
161.100 Indianapolis Sub Road

Are you sure about this? I was told that INRD has gone to 160.620 (AAR32) for the road/dispr channel systemwide.

161.100 is being used for interlocking control data in at least two locations on the system.

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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2010, 01:00:44 PM »
Anyone happen to know the puller repeater channels?
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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2010, 02:58:16 PM »
Anyone happen to know the puller repeater channels?

AAR 21 and 82.  Not sure if a scanner  would be able to monitor both channels at once?  They transmit on 21, and receive on 82.

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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2010, 08:46:53 PM »
Any one know the frequencies for the Crawfordsville area?
I'm planning on making a trip up there tomorrow for the semaphores and just trying to make sure I'm on top of whatever train traffic may run through.
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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2010, 09:13:58 PM »
Any one know the frequencies for the Crawfordsville area?
I'm planning on making a trip up there tomorrow for the semaphores and just trying to make sure I'm on top of whatever train traffic may run through.
Just have your scanner scan. I think it is 160.800 that they use in Crawfordsville. You oughta here them being dispatched from Avon.
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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2010, 09:21:27 PM »
Any one know the frequencies for the Crawfordsville area?
I'm planning on making a trip up there tomorrow for the semaphores and just trying to make sure I'm on top of whatever train traffic may run through.
Crawfordsville Rd. Ch. 46
IC Disp. Ch. 30
Monon Rd. Ch. 84
RB Disp. Ch. 12

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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2010, 09:25:36 AM »
The NS Marion Branch was being dispatched by CYO in Atlanta. Ive never heard chicago dispatcher until the north bounds entered the chicago line. When Conrail had it the line was dispatched out of Marion. 
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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2011, 10:56:43 AM »
I thought the  Marion Branch dispatching history i always heard went like this: PC years, Ft. Wayne, Conrail years then it got moved to Indianapolis and maybe if i remember right , a short time the Kankakee line disp. and possibly another one for a very short time  had it , then NS Dearborn right after merger(had to leave Indy,that became CSX), then a few years ago Chicago Dist. in Ft. Wayne got it. This is all up to CP 3 which has always been a division point. CYO talks to trains all over the system, I hear them everywhere.
 On another note, dispatching and operating it is Lake Division, but track and signal departments its still under Dearborn all the way to Anderson if i remember right.
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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2011, 11:23:18 AM »
The NS Marion Branch was being dispatched by CYO in Atlanta. Ive never heard chicago dispatcher until the north bounds entered the chicago line. When Conrail had it the line was dispatched out of Marion. 

CYO doesn't dispatcher anything!  CYO is the clerks in Atlanta, Central Yarding and they handle all the paperwork for the industries now.

The Marion branch is dispatched by the Chicago District (NKP) dispatcher out of Fort Wayne. 

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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #19 on: January 09, 2011, 01:39:18 PM »
Thats interesting. Then why do I always here CYO out?
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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2011, 09:15:31 PM »
Thats interesting. Then why do I always here CYO out?

Because the crews call the CYO for the territory to report work performed, and times.  CYO inputs this into the computer, giving 'real time' information to customers and, more importantly, the billing department.  Takes the responsibility off the Conductor to input information into a computer, and hoping the information gets transmitted to a central processing point.

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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #21 on: January 09, 2011, 11:15:24 PM »
I know CYO also monitors departing trains consists through the AEI scanner at Goshen, and often has missing or extra cars to report to crews right after they pass the scanner, most likely what's being heard. I do not know where the scanner west of Elkhart yard is located, but I would suppose they have one there too and monitor trains departing the west end too and report changes to trains there too.
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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #22 on: January 10, 2011, 01:00:22 PM »
Use to be that every district had a handling agency for that line.  Back in the day, most towns had a depot with a clerk and agent that handled this.  Over the years, consolidation took place and it was down to 1 place on the district to handle all the paperwork. 

Here in the past 10 years, they pushed to do away with this local staffing and put everyone in one location, called the CYO and that is in Atlanta. 
So now you deal with people in Atlanta that handle all the paperwork as CSX_CO pointed out.

A crew departs a terminal on a local, they call CYO and give the departing info. 
A crew departs a terminal on a through freight and sets off cars at a siding in between destination, they call CYO to report this info.

Use to be you would just turn the info over at the end of your run to the agency in charge of your territory.  But you can't do that anymore!

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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #23 on: January 10, 2011, 01:09:04 PM »
And a local reports every set-off and pick-up to CYO, so the customer or connecting RR knows the cars are available/waiting or gone.  To shorten the radio traffic, crews can report head car number and trailing car number on long set-out and pick-ups.
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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #24 on: February 04, 2011, 07:43:53 PM »
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http://www.cityfreq.com/callsign/wqku730.html

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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #25 on: February 19, 2011, 01:18:31 PM »
http://www.radioreference.com/
I found this place looking for some frequencies to put in my scanner

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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #26 on: July 11, 2011, 01:13:35 PM »
Does NS still use half-duplex train/dispatcher communication, with a separate road channel, on the Cincy-St Louis line?

IIRC:

AAR09     160.245    NS St. Louis disp to train
AAR48     160.830    NS St. Louis train to disp
AAR56     160.950    NS St. Louis Road


If not, what's the current setup?

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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #27 on: July 11, 2011, 02:49:20 PM »
As far as I know this oddball setup is still in use. I heard them using it a month ago.
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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #28 on: November 12, 2011, 10:19:22 AM »
what's a good scanner to get for the 1st time?

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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #29 on: November 12, 2011, 10:25:20 AM »
what's a good scanner to get for the 1st time?

If you want a base scanner, the GRE is good.  I have the GRE400 at home, its nice.

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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #30 on: November 12, 2011, 12:50:10 PM »
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Re: Railroad frequencies CIND
« Reply #31 on: May 17, 2012, 09:09:35 PM »

 Coming down to Indiana next week railfanning, anybody know the CIND frequency for the Greensburg-Valley Jct line?
 Slao, is 160.995 the only freq for the Indiana Southern?
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Re: Railroad frequencies CIND
« Reply #32 on: May 17, 2012, 11:17:06 PM »
Slao, is 160.995 the only freq for the Indiana Southern?

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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #33 on: July 28, 2012, 05:22:36 PM »
Anyone know the frequency for WBCR?

[edit: WBCR=Wabash Central]
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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #34 on: July 29, 2012, 06:10:48 PM »
I've only heard them use the NS New Castle District 160.44, since to do anything but go West to VanBuren, they have to get permission from NS to occupy the main.

  They "should" have their own frequency, but rarely use it.
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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #35 on: January 26, 2013, 05:43:06 AM »
I know CYO also monitors departing trains consists through the AEI scanner at Goshen, and often has missing or extra cars to report to crews right after they pass the scanner, most likely what's being heard. I do not know where the scanner west of Elkhart yard is located, but I would suppose they have one there too and monitor trains departing the west end too and report changes to trains there too.
Scanner is at MP 431 in Mishawaka near Byrkit St crossing.

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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #36 on: November 03, 2014, 07:26:59 AM »
I am programming a new radio, and have gathered frequencies from a million places, including looking at what the FCC licenses are. I drive routinely from Muncie to Indy. Can someone look over this and see if it looks right, and if I am missing anything glaring?

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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #37 on: November 03, 2014, 08:31:51 AM »
I am programming a new radio, and have gathered frequencies from a million places, including looking at what the FCC licenses are. I drive routinely from Muncie to Indy. Can someone look over this and see if it looks right, and if I am missing anything glaring?

Ohh the top of my head, you have 160.800 twice.

LIRC is 160.725, you have the INRD freq for the LIRC freq

You can sometimes hear the ISRR in Indy on 160.995

161.115 is almost never used by NS anymore, I have't seen a VHF fred in years. Now there are still dual band NS freds and head end units, but they are almost never set in NS mode anymore.
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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #38 on: November 03, 2014, 08:34:56 AM »

Ohh the top of my head, you have 160.800 twice.

LIRC is 160.725, you have the INRD freq for the LIRC freq

You can sometimes hear the ISRR in Indy on 160.995

161.115 is almost never used by NS anymore, I have't seen a VHF fred in years. Now there are still dual band NS freds and head end units, but they are almost never set in NS mode anymore.

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Lafayette NS now on channel 50
« Reply #39 on: August 20, 2015, 02:00:30 PM »
The NS Decatur dispatcher has moved from channel 22 to channel 50 for the Lafayette District.  Not sure why the change or exactly when it happened, but it is now 160.86.

This is in addition to some other recent adds, with the Genessee & Wyoming now on channel 59 for switching the Magnetation plant at Reynolds and some other stray transmissions popping up on 49.
(Even though Magnetation has filed gone bankrupt in order to get out from under many of its financial commitments, it is still operating the plant at around half capacity.  BNSF power is still doing the honors apparently.

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Re: Railroad frequencies
« Reply #40 on: August 20, 2015, 04:48:09 PM »
Is been 50 for a few months now. We aren't too sure why it happened, either.
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Re: Railroad frequencies for The Nickle Plate Express
« Reply #41 on: September 14, 2018, 01:04:50 PM »
What is the Railroad Radio frequencies for the Nickle Plate Express operation on the old ITM line?

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Re: Railroad frequencies for The Nickle Plate Express
« Reply #42 on: September 14, 2018, 01:50:37 PM »
What is the Railroad Radio frequencies for the Nickle Plate Express operation on the old ITM line?

Interesting question.  If anyone happens to hear them this weekend operating on RR channels, they are operating illegally.  There's no current FCC license for Nickel Pate Express or Atlanta Pacific RR, nor one for the HHPA or Hamilton County Tourism.  My guess is if they are using anything, it's some leased radios from a service provider.

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Re: Railroad frequencies for The Nickle Plate Express
« Reply #43 on: September 14, 2018, 02:50:13 PM »
Interesting question.  If anyone happens to hear them this weekend operating on RR channels, they are operating illegally.  There's no current FCC license for Nickel Pate Express or Atlanta Pacific RR, nor one for the HHPA or Hamilton County Tourism.  My guess is if they are using anything, it's some leased radios from a service provider.

Are for-profit railroads allowed to operate on GMRS/FMRS/MURS/unlicensed types of freqs?