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VERMONTER
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Washington DC-Springfield MA Review:Northeast Corridor    
Springfield-Palmer MA CSX (B&A) 46 160.800
Dispatchers-Trains
Palmer MA-St. Albans
New England Central 73 161.205
Defect Detectors
Palmer MA-St. Albans
New England Central 87 161.415

ADIRONDACK
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Schenectady-Rouses Point CP/D&H 66 161.100
Rouses Point-Brossard CN 87 161.415
CN dispatcher 13 160.305
Brossard-St. Lambert CN 87 161.415
CN dispatcher 37 160.665
St. Lambert-Montreal CN 87 161.415
CN dispatcher 55 160.935
Review: Empire Service

ETHAN ALLEN
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Whitehall NY-Rutland VT Vermont Railway 12
60
160.290
161.010
Rutland VT Yard Vermont Railway 40 160.710
Review: Adirondack    Empire Service

EMPIRE SERVICE
Segment Host Chan Frequency
New York-Spuyten Duyvil Amtrak 60 161.010
Spuyten Duyvil-Poughkeepsie Metro-North 56 160.950
Poughkeepsie-West of Schenectady1 CSX
CSX NC Dispatcher
46
64
160.800/
160.070
West of Schenectady-West of Syracuse CSX
CSX ND Dispatcher
46
52
160.800/
160.890
West of Syracuse-Depew CSX
CSX NF Dispatcher
46
86
160.800/
161.400
Depew-Buffalo-Niagra Falls CSX
CSX NG Dispatcher
46
56
160.800/
160.950
NOTE: NC territory is Poughkeepsie to CP-175 which is between Schenectady and Amsterdam stations.
NOTE: ND territory is from CP-175 to CP-296 a few miles west of Syracuse station.


MAPLE LEAF
Segment Host Chan Frequency
New York-Spuyten Duyvil Amtrak 60 161.010
Spuyten Duyvil-Poughkeepsie Metro-North 56 160.950
Poughkeepsie-West of Schenectady CSX
CSX NC Dispatcher
46
64
160.800/
160.070
West of Schenectady-West of Syracuse CSX
CSX ND Dispatcher
46
52
160.800/
160.890
West of Syracuse-Depew CSX
CSX NF Dispatcher
46
86
160.800/
161.400
Depew-Buffalo-Niagra Falls CSX
CSX NG Dispatcher
46
56
160.800/
160.950
Niagara Falls-Toronto CN 55 & 87 160.935 & 161.415
NOTE: NC territory is Poughkeepsie to CP-175 which is between Schenectady and Amsterdam stations.
NOTE: ND territory is from CP-175 to CP-296 a few miles west of Syracuse station.


NORTHEAST CORRIDOR
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Boston-New Haven Amtrak 54 160.920
Springfield-New Haven Amtrak 54 160.920
New Haven-New Rochelle Metro-North 29 160.545
New Rochelle-New York area Amtrak 60 161.010
New York Sunnyside Yard Switching Amtrak 36 160.650
New York area-Morrisville PA Amtrak 60 161.010
Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak 21
36
160.425/
160.650
Morrisville-Washington Amtrak 54 160.920
Washington Union Station Amtrak 22
54
160.440
160.920
Washington Union Station-Virginia Ave Amtrak 54 160.920
Virginia Ave.-Richmond CSX (RF&P) 96 161.550
CSX dispatcher 20 160.410
Richmond CSX (SCL) 32 160.590
CSX dispatcher 20 160.410
Richmond-Newport News CSX (C&O) 08 160.230
CSX dispatcher 14 160.320

KEYSTONE CORRIDOR
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak 21
36
54
160.425
160.650
160.920
Philadelphia-West Zoo Interlocking Amtrak 54 160.920
West Zoo Interlocking-Harrisburg Amtrak 35 160.635
Zoo Interlocking Amtrak 35
54
160.635
160.920
Zoo Interlocking Conrail (CSX/NS) 46 160.800
NOTE: Usually will not hear a radio check when channels shifted at West Zoo.


LAKE SHORE LIMITED
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Boston-Back Bay Amtrak 54 160.920
Back Bay-Albany CSX 46 160.800
New York-Spuyten Duyvil Amtrak 60 161.010
Spuyten Duyvil-Poughkeepsie Metro-North 56 160.950
Poughkeepsie-West of Schenectady CSX
CSX NC Dispatcher
46
64
160.800/
160.070
West of Schenectady-West of Syracuse CSX
CSX ND Dispatcher
46
52
160.800/
160.890
West of Syracuse-Depew CSX
CSX NF Dispatcher
46
86
160.800/
161.400
Depew-Buffalo CSX
CSX NG Dispatcher
46
56
160.800/
160.950
Buffalo-Erie CSX
CSX NH Dispatcher
50
82
160.860/
161.340
Erie-Cleveland CSX 50 160.860
Cleveland-Berea NS 64 161.070
Berea-CP 285/Toledo NS 58 160.980
Toledo Terminal area NS 64 161.070
Toledo-Chicago NS 46 160.800
21st St.-Union Station Amtrak Road
Yard
Mechanical
13
42
77
160.305
160.740
161.265
NOTE: NC territory is Poughkeepsie to CP-175 which is between Schenectady and Amsterdam stations.
NOTE: ND territory is from CP-175 to CP-296 a few miles west of Syracuse station.


PENNSYLVANIAN
Segment Host Chan Frequency
New York-Morrisville PA Amtrak 60 161.010
Morrisville-Philadelphia 30th Street Amtrak 54 160.920
Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak 21
36
160.425/
160.650
Philadelphia-Overbrook Amtrak 54 160.920
Overbrook-Harrisburg Amtrak 38 160.680
Harrisburg-Pittsburgh Norfolk Southern 46 160.800


CAPITOL LIMITED
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Washington Union Station Amtrak 22
54
160.440
160.920
Washington-Weverton MD CSX (B&O) 08 160.230
CSX (AU) dispatcher 14 160.320
Weverton MD-Pittsburgh CSX (B&O) 08 160.230
CSX (CM) dispatcher 94 161.520
Pittsburgh-Rochester PA Norfolk Southern (PRR) 46 160.800
Rochester-Berea (CP 194) NS (PRR/NYC) 64 161.070
Berea-CP 285 NS (NYC) 58 160.980
Toledo Terminal NS (NYC)
Amtrak
64
161.070
160.305
Toledo-Chicago NS (NYC) 39
46
160.695
160.800
21st St.-Union Station Amtrak Road
Yard
Mechanical
13
42
77
160.305
160.740
161.265
NOTE: Weverton MD is just east of Harpers Ferry WV
NOTE: CP Bloom is just east of the Pittsburgh Amtrak Station
NOTE: Rochester PA is near Beaver Falls

CARDINAL
Segment Host Chan Frequency
New York Penn Sta.-Morrisville, PA Amtrak 60 161.010
Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak 21/
36
160.425/
160.650
Morrisville-Washington Amtrak 54 160.920
Washington Union Station area Amtrak 22
54
160.440
160.920
Washington-Virginia Ave. Amtrak 54 160.920
Virginia Ave.-AF:Alexandria, VA CSX (RF&P)
CSX dispatcher
96
20
161.550
160.410
AF-Orange, VA NS (SOU)
NS train-disp
NS disp-train
56
48
09
160.950
160.830
160.245
Orange-Clifton Forge BBRR 23 160.455
Clifton Forge-Cincinnati CSX (C&O) 08 160.230
Clifton Forge-Montgomery, WV CSX dispatcher 14 160.320
Montgomery-Cinncinati CSX dispatcher 20 160.410
Cincinnati-Indianapolis CSX (B&O) 08 160.230
Cincinnati-Hamilton CSX (CK) dispatcher 66 161.100
Hamilton-Indianapolis CSX (CF) dispatcher 14 160.320
Indianapolis-Crawfordsville CSX (PRR-I&F-P&E)
CSX (IC) dispatcher
46
30
160.800
160.560
Crawfordsville-Munster IN CSX
CSX (RB) dispatcher
84
12
161.370
160.290
Munster-Thornton Jct. CN
CN (TD4) dispatcher
32
28
160.590
160.530
Thornton Jct.-Chicago 81st St. UP (C&EI) 20 160.410
Chicago 81st St.-74th St. Belt Railway 26 160.500
74th St. (CP 518) Metra (C&WI) 22 160.440
CP 518-21st St. NS (PRR) 46 160.800
21st St.-Union Station Amtrak Road
Yard
Mechanical
13
42
77
160.305
160.740
161.265
NOTE: Buckingham Branch Railroad


CRESCENT
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Washington Union Station Amtrak 22
54
160.440
160.920
Washington-Virginia Ave. Amtrak 54 160.920
Virginia Ave.-AF: Alexandria, VA CSX (RF&P) 96 161.550
CSX dispatcher 20 160.410
AF: Alexandria, VA-Atlanta NS 56 160.950
NS train to disp 48 160.830
NS disp to train 09 160.245
Atlanta Station Amtrak 54 160.920
Atlanta-Austell, GA NS 42 160.740
Austell-Birmingham,AL NS 56 160.950
Birmingham Station Amtrak 84 161.370
Birmingham-New Orleans NS 56 160.950
New Orleans Station< Amtrak 22 160.440

NORTH CAROLINA SERVICE
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Selma NC-Charlotte NC NS 56 160.950
Selma NC-Raleigh (Boylan/Raleigh Tower) NS 56 160.950
Raleigh (Boylan/Raleigh Tower)-Cary (Fetner) CSX 66 161.100
Cary (Fetner)-Charlotte NC NS 56 160.950
NS Dispatcher Links NS train to disp 48 160.830
NS Dispatcher Links NS disp to train 09 160.245

CITY OF NEW ORLEANS
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Chicago Union Station Amtrak 13 160.305
Chicago Union Station-Union Avenue Amtrak 13 160.305
Union Avenue BNSF 66 161.100
Union Avenue-Memphis Central Station CN/IC 72 161.190
Memphis-Lakeview MS CN/IC 54 160.920
Lakeview-Jackson MS CN/IC 72 161.190
Jackson-Fernwood Jct CN/IC 54 160.920
Fernwood Jct-New Orleans CN/IC 72 161.190
New Orleans NOUPT Amtrak 22 160.440
NOTE: Lakeview is about 15 miles south of Memphis, TN
NOTE: Fernwood Jct is about 6 miles south of McComb, MS


SILVER STAR
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Washington Union Station Amtrak 22
54
160.440
160.920
Washington-Virginia Ave Amtrak 54 160.920
Virginia Ave.-Richmond CSX (RF&P) 96 161.550
CSX dispatcher 20 160.410
Richmond-Charlie Baker CSX Road 32 160.590
CSX dispatcher 20 160.410
Charlie Baker CSX 32 160.590
CSX dispatcher 84 161.370
Wilson-Selma CSX 32 160.590
CSX dispatcher 84 161.370
Selma NC-Raleigh NC NS 56 160.950
NS train to disp 48 160.830
NS disp to train 09 160.245
Raleigh-Marsten CSX 66 161.100
CSX dispatcher 94 161.520
Marsten-Hamlet CSX 66 161.100
CSX Dispatcher 54 160.920
Hamlet-Central Junction CSX 66 161.100
CSX Dispatcher 20 160.410
Central Junction CSX 32 160.590
CSX Dispatcher 84 161.370
Ogeechee River-Dinsmore CSX 32 160.590
CSX Dispatcher 14 160.320
Jacksonville Terminal CSX
Amtrak
32
49
160.590
160.845
Dinsmore-St. Johns-Mango CSX 32 160.590
CSX dispatcher 94 161.520
Mango-Tampa-Mango CSX 32 160.590
CSX dispatcher 8 160.230
Mango-Auburndale CSX 32 160.590
CSX dispatcher 54 160.920
Auburndale-Miami CSX 66 161.100
CSX dispatcher 94 161.520
NOTE: Charlie Baker is near Rocky Mount, NC
NOTE: Marsten is 12 miles north of Hamlet
NOTE:Central Junction is 1 mile north of Savannah station
NOTE: Ogeechee River is 15 miles south of Savannah station
NOTE: Dinsmore is 5 miles north of Jacksonville station
NOTE: St. Johns is 9 miles south of Jacksonville station
NOTE: Mango is about 8 miles east of downtown Tampa
NOTE: Auburndale is about 2 miles north of Winter Haven and 11 miles east of Lakeland
NOTE: Auto Train also operates between Lorton, VA and Sanford FL
Review: Silver Meteor

SILVER METEOR-AUTO TRAIN
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Washington Union Station Amtrak 22
54
160.440
160.920
Washington-Virginia Ave Amtrak 54 160.920
Virginia Ave.-Richmond CSX 96 161.550
CSX dispatcher 20 160.410
Richmond-Charlie Baker CSX 32 160.590
CSX dispatcher 20 160.410
Charlie Baker CSX 32 160.590
CSX Dispatcher 84 161.370
Central Junction CSX 32 160.590
CSX Dispatcher 84 161.370
Ogeechee River CSX 32 160.590
CSX Dispatcher 14 160.320
Jacksonville Terminal CSX
Amtrak
32
49
160.590
160.845
Dinsmore-St. Johns CSX 32 160.590
CSX Dispatcher 94 161.520
St. Johns-Auburndale CSX 32 160.590
CSX dispatcher 54 160.920
Auburndale-Miami CSX 66 161.100
CSX dispatcher 94 161.520
Lorton VA (Auto Train Station) Amtrak/CSX 66 161.100
Sanford FL (Auto-Train Station) Amtrak/CSX 96 161.550
NOTE: Charlie Baker is near Rocky Mount NC
NOTE: Central Junction is 1 mile north of Savannah station
NOTE: Ogeechee River is 15 miles south of Savannah station
NOTE: Dinsmore is 5 miles north of Jacksonville station
NOTE: St. Johns is 9 miles south of Jacksonville station
NOTE: Auburndale is 7 miles north of Winter Haven
NOTE: Auto Train operates nonstop between Lorton, VA and Sanford, FL.
Auto Train Introduction.

PALMETTO
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Washington Union Station Amtrak 22

54
160.440

160.920
Washington, DC-Virginia Ave Amtrak 54 160.920
Virginia Ave.-Richmond CSX (RF&P) 96 161.550
CSX dispatcher 20 160.410
Richmond-Charlie Baker CSX Road 32 160.590
CSX dispatcher 20 160.410
Charlie Baker CSX Road 32 160.590
CSX Dispatcher 84 161.370
NOTE: Charlie Baker is near Rocky Mount, NC

CHICAGO-CARBONDALE
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Union Station-21st St. Amtrak Road
Yard
Mechanical
13
42
77
160.305
160.740
161.265
Chicago-Carbondale CN 72 161.190

CHICAGO-ST. LOUIS-KANSAS CITY
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Union Station-21st St. Amtrak Road
Yard
Mechanical
13
42
77
160.305
160.740
161.265
21st St.-Joliet CN 54 160.920
Joliet-Springfield, IL UP 78 161.280
Springfield Station Amtrak/UP 78 161.280
Springfield Station UP 78 161.280
Isles-Hazel Dell NS 22 160.440
Hazel Dell-Carlinville UP 78 161.280
Carlinville-Wann UP 30 160.560
Wann-WR Tower) KCS 90 161.460
WR Tower-Q Tower UP 30 160.560
Q Tower-Grand Ave. TRRA 26 160.500
WR Tower-Grand Ave. TRRA 26 160.500
St. Louis Amtrak 13 160.305
Grand Ave.-River Jct UP 74 161.220
River Jct.-Pleasant Hill, MO UP 24 160.470
Pleasant Hill, MO-Rock Creek Jct. UP 77 161.265
Rock Creek Jct.-Kansas City KCT 60 161.010
Kansas City Terminal KCT 60 161.010

CHICAGO-MILWAUKEE
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Union Station-21st St. Amtrak Road
Yard
Mechanical
13
42
77
160.305
160.740
161.265
Chicago-Milwaukee METRA & CP/Soo Line 44 160.770

CHICAGO-QUINCY
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Union Station-21st St. Amtrak Road
Yard
Mechanical
13
42
77
160.305
160.740
161.265
Chicago-Aurora BNSF 66 161.100
Aurora-Galesburg BNSF 85 161.385
Galesburg Station BNSF 51 160.875
Galesburg-Quincy BNSF 47 160.815

CHICAGO-DETROIT-PONTIAC
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Union Station-21st St. Amtrak Road
Yard
Mechanical
13
42
77
160.305
160.740
161.265
21st St.-Porter, IN NS 46 160.800
Porter, IN-Kalamazoo, MI Amtrak 93 161.505
Kalamazoo-Gord Norfork Southern 46 160.800
Gord-Baron CN 32 160.590
Baron-Townline Norfolk Southern 46 160.800
Townline-Vinewood Norfolk Southern 64 161.070
Vinewood-Milwaukee Jct CN 28 160.530
Milwaukee Jct CN 32 160.590
CN dispatcher 28 160.530

CHICAGO-PORT HURON
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Union Station-21st St. Amtrak Road
Yard
Mechanical
13
42
77
160.305
160.740
161.265
21st St.-Porter, IN NS 46 160.800
Porter IN-Kalamazoo, MI Amtrak 93 161.505
Kalamazoo-Gord Norfork Southern 46 160.800
Gord-Battle Creek CN 32 160.590
Battle Creek-Port Huron CN Road/Alt CN Dispatcher 32 160.590
Battle Creek-Port Huron CN Dispatcher 74 161.220

CHICAGO-GRAND RAPIDS
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Union Station-21st St. Amtrak Road
Yard
Mechanical
13
42
77
160.305
160.740
161.265
21st St.-Porter, IN NS 46 160.800
Porter IN-Grand Rapids, MI CSX (C&O-PM) 08 160.230
CSX dispatcher 35 160.635

SUNSET LIMITED
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Segments east of New Orleans      
New Orleans Station (NOUPT) Amtrak 22 160.440
New Orleans-Huey P. Long Bridge CN/IC 72 161.190
East Bridge Jct.-West Bridge Jct NOPB 40 160.710
Huey P. Long Bridge-Lake Charles BNSF 12 160.290
Lake Charles-Beaumont TX UP 17 160.365
Beaumont-Grayburg UP 17 160.365
Grayburg-Gulf Coast Junction Beaumont Sub UP 51 160.875
Gulf Coast Junction Beaumont Sub-Houston Terminal UP 44 160.770
Houston Terminal area and station UP 44 160.770
Huston Terminal-San Antonio UP 37 160.665
San Antonio city limits UP 27 160.515
San Antonio> Amtrak 22 160.440
San Antonio-Alpine UP 96 161.550
Alpine-El Paso UP 14 160.320
El Paso-West El Paso UP 96 161.550
West El Paso-Razo, AZ UP 08 160.230
Raso-Tucson-Mobile, AZ UP 96 161.550
Mobile-Araz UP 14 160.320
Araz-Hinda UP 96 161.550
Hinda-Yuma, AZ UP 42 160.740
Yuma-Thermal, CA UP 14 160.320
Thermal-Colton Tower UP 96 161.550
Colton Tower-El Monte UP 42 160.740
El Monte-CP Mission SCAX 87 161.415
El Monte-CP Mission UP 42 160.740
CP Mission-Los Angeles LAUS SCAX 47 160.815
Los Angeles Station Amtrak 23 160.455
Other Station Amtrak 23 160.455
NOTE: Channel 40 used only briefly by westbound trains as they cross the bridge. Channel 72 is used by eastbound trains after entering the bridge, and channel 12 by westbound trains, with the switch point on the bridge.
NOTE: Grayburg is about 10 miles west of Beaumont
NOTE: Channel 96 used for about 12 miles in the El Paso area
NOTE: Mobile AZ 15 miles west of Maricopa

TEXAS EAGLE
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Chicago Union Station-21st St. Amtrak Road
Yard
Mechanical
13
42
77
160.305
160.740
161.265
Chicago-Joliet CN 54 160.920
Joliet-Springfield, IL UP 78 161.280
Springfield Station Amtrak/UP 78 161.280
Springfield Station-Isles UP 78 161.280
Isles-Hazel Dell) NS 22 160.440
Hazel Dell-Carlinville UP 78 161.280
Carlinville-Wann UP 30 160.560
Wann-WR Tower KCS 90 161.460
WR Tower-Q Tower UP 30 160.560
Q Tower-Grand Ave. TRRA 26 160.500
WR Tower-Grand Ave. TRRA 26 160.500
St. Louis switching Amtrak 13 160.305>
Grand Ave -Poplar Bluff, MO UP 91 161.475
Poplar Bluff MO-Jacksonville AR UP 51 160.875
Jacksonville AR-Little Rock-Ensign UP 42 160.740
Ensign-Texarkana-Marshall TX UP 27 160.515
Marshall-Longview-Big Sandy UP 90 161.460
Texarkana-Big Sandy TX UP-Alternate Route 96 161.550
Big Sandy-SP Junction UP 69 161.145
SP Junction-Fort Worth BNSF 78 161.280
SP Junction-Fort Worth TRE-Alternate Route 83 161.355
Fort Worth Terminal Amtrak 72 161.190>
Fort Worth-Temple BNSF 30 160.560
Temple-Taylor UP 24 160.470
Taylor-San Antonio UP 42 160.740
San Antonio Terminal UP 27 160.515
San Antonio Station Amtrak 22 160.440
Thu Service: SUNSET LIMITED
San Antonio-Alpine UP 96 161.550
Alpine-El Paso UP 14 160.320
El Paso-West El Paso UP 96 161.550
West El Paso>-Razo, AZ UP 08 160.230
Raso-Tucson-Wellton, AZ UP 96 161.550
Wellton-Yuma, AZ UP 14 160.320
Yuma-Thermal, CA UP 14 160.320
Thermal-North Montclair) UP 96 161.550
North Montclair-El Monte UP 42 160.740
El Monte-CP Mission SCAX 87 161.415
El Monte-CP Mission UP 42 160.740
CP Mission-Los Angeles LAUS SCAX 47 160.815
Los Angeles Station Amtrak 23 160.455
Station Services Amtrak 23 160.455
NOTE: Ensign is 6 miles south of the Amtrak station in Little Rock
NOTE: Big Sandy is 23 miles west of LongView
NOTE: Channel 96 used for about 12 miles in the El Paso area
NOTE: Raso is 8 miles east of Wilcox AZ, and about 25 miles west of the New Mexico-Arizona state line

HEARTLAND FLYER
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Oklahoma City-Wayne, OK BNSF 30 160.560
Wayne-Gainesville, TX BNSF 85 161.385
Gainesville-Ft. Worth BNSF 36 160.650
Fort Worth Terminal Amtrak 72 161.190
Conductor and Engineer Amtrak 72 161.190

SOUTHWEST CHIEF
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Union Station-21st St. Amtrak Road
Yard
Mechanical
13
42
77
160.305
160.740
161.265
Chicago-Montgomery, IL BNSF 66 161.100 or
161.385
Montgomery-Galesburg BNSF 85 161.385
Galesburg Station BNSF 51 160.875
Galesburg-Argyle, Iowa BNSF 18 160.380
Argyle, IA-Congo, MO BNSF 30 160.560
Congo, MO-Kansas City Union Station BNSF/KCT 60 161.010
Kansas City BNSF 36 160.650
Kansas City Union Station-Holliday, MO BNSF 65 161.085
Holliday-Topeka-East Emporia KS BNSF 69 161.145
East Emporia-Ellinor) BNSF 36 160.650
Ellinor-Hutchinson KS BNSF 63 161.055
Hutchinson-Las Animas Jct BNSF 23 160.455
Las Animas Jct-La Junta, CO BNSF 72 161.190
La Junta CO-Lamy, NM BNSF 32 160.590
Lamy-Isleta, NM NMDOT 20 160.410
Isleta-Dalies BNSF 32 160.590
Dalies-East Gallup BNSF 36 160.650
East Gallup-East Winslow, AZ BNSF 72 161.190
East Winslow-West Seligman BNSF 55 160.935
West Seligman-Needles, CA BNSF 36 160.650
Needles-Minneola BNSF 55 160.935
Minneola-Barstow BNSF 65 161.085
Barstow Yardmaster BNSF 32 160.590
Barstow-Lenwood BNSF 65 161.085
Lenwood-Riverside BNSF 72 161.190
Riverside-Soto/Redondo Jct BNSF 36 160.650
Soto-Los Angeles (LAUS) SCAX 47 160.815
AMTRAK Terminal Amtrak 452.9000
Onboard Manager Western Region Amtrak 13 160.305
Onboard Manager La Junta-Kingman Amtrak 94 161.520
Onboard Manager Kingman-Los Angeles Amtrak 23 160.455
Los Angeles Station Amtrak 23 160.455
Other Channel BNSF 27 160.515
NOTE: Montgomery IL is 2.6 miles west of Aurora
NOTE: Argyle IA is 14 miles west of Fort Madison
NOTE: Reported in use in the general area; not road frequency
NOTE: NMDOT trackage and frequency; will extend north to NM state line in late April 2009
NOTE: Soto is at the "fly over" about 3 miles south of L.A. Union Station

EMPIRE BUILDER
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Chicago Union Station area Amtrak Road
Yard
Mechanical
13
42
77
160.305
160.740
161.265
Chicago-Milwaukee METRA & CP/Soo Line 44 160.770
Milwaukee-Mississippi River CP/Soo Line 94 161.520
Mississippi River-St. Paul BNSF 76 161.250
Mississippi River-St. Paul-Alternate BNSF 39 160.690
Mississippi River-St. Paul-Alternate CP/Soo Line 44 160.770
St. Paul-Switching MCRR
BNSF
30
66
160.560
161.100
St. Paul-Staples BNSF 85
70
161.385
161.160
Staples-Fargo BNSF 87 161.415
Fargo-Minot BNSF 66 161.100
Minot-Bainville, MT BNSF 54 160.920
Bainville MT-Havre BNSF 66 161.100
Havre-West Glacier MT BNSF 76 161.250
West Glacier-Columbia Falls BNSF 76 161.250
Columbia Falls-Sandpoint BNSF 54 160.920
Sandpoint-Spokane, WA BNSF 76 161.250
Spokane Switching BNSF
Amtrak
54
62
160.920
161.040
Spokane-Latah Jct BNSF 76 161.250
Latah Jct-Snohomish BNSF 66 161.100
Snohomish-Seattle BNSF 70 161.160
Spokane-Latah Jct BNSF 76 161.250
Latah Jct-Pasco BNSF 70 161.160
Pasco Terminal BNSF 89 161.445
Pasco-Washougal BNSF 87 161.415
Washougal-Portland, OR BNSF 76 161.250
Larger stations Amtrak 23 160.455
Portland Station Amtrak 15 160.350
Portland Switching Amtrak 62 161.040
NOTE: Spokane station services may use Channel 23.
NOTE: Latah Jct is a few miles west of Spokane.
NOTE: Channel 16/160.785 in Portland is used by handheld radios.

CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Chicago Union Station Amtrak Road
Yard
Mechanical
13
42
77
160.305
160.740
161.265
Chicago-Aurora BNSF 66 161.100
Aurora-Galesburg BNSF 85 161.385
Galesburg Station BNSF 51 160.875
Galesburg-Halpin, IA BNSF 39 160.695
Halpin-Creston BNSF 66 161.100
Creston BNSF 53 160.905
Lincoln, NE BNSF 87 161.415
Lincoln-E Heartwell BNSF 54 160.920
E Heartwell-West Pinneo, CO BNSF 70 161.160
West Pinneo-East Denver BNSF 66 161,100
East Denver-Denver Union Station UP 39 160.695
Denver Union Station Switching UP 96 161.550
Union Station General Operations DUS 49 160.845
Denver-Prospect UP 39 160.695
Prospect UP 92 161.490
East Portal Moffat Tunnel UP 23 160.455
East Portal Moffat Tunnel-Winter Park UP 97 161.565
Winter Park-Glenwood Springs UP 54 160.920
Glenwood Springs-Fruitvale UP 23 160.455
Fruitvale-Spring Glen UP 54 160.920
Spring Glen-Salt Lake City UP 23 160.455
Salt Lake City Station UP 66 161.100
Salt Lake City-Smelter UP 42 160.740
Smelter-Alazon UP 24 160.470
Alazon-Elko, NV UP 96 161.550
Alazon-Elko, NV UP 24 160.470
Elko-Weso, NV ) UP 96 161.550
Elko-Weso, NV UP 24 160.470
Weso-Vista, NV UP 78 161.280
Vista-Bowman, CA UP 14 160.320
Bowman-West Haggin UP 51 160.875
West Haggin-Emeryville UP 46 160.800
NOTE: Halpin is near Albia IA
NOTE: Mile Post 466.4 is about 9 miles west of Hastings, IA
NOTE: East Heartwell is about 20 miles west of Hastings NE
NOTE: West Pinneo is 20 miles east of Fort Morgan, CO
NOTE: West Haggin is about 1 mile east of Sacramento's Amtrak Station.


CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR-Alternate Route
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Denver Union Station Switching UP 96 161.550
Union Station General Operations DUS 49 160.845
Denver Station-36th St Yard UP 27
39
42
160.515/
160.695/
160.740
36TH St Yard--Borie, WY UP 69 161.145
Borie-Green River, WY UP 42 160.740
Green River-Salt Lake City UP 27 160.515
Salt Lake City Station UP 66 161.100
NOTE: Borie is 10 miles miles west of Cheyenne, WY

COAST STARLIGHT
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Larger station Amtrak 23 160.455
Los Angeles LAUS-CP Taylor SCAX (Metrolink) 47 160.815
CP Taylor-CP Los Posas SCAX 29 160.545
CP Los Posas-Goleta-San Luis Obispo UP 96 161.550
Surf-Pismo UP Dispatcher's Link 25 160.485
San Luis Obispo-Salinas UP 51 160.875
Salinas-CP Lick UP 42 160.740
CP Lick-Santa Clara Caltrain 47 160.815
Santa Clara-Oakland UP 42 160.740
Oakland Yardmaster UP 66 161.100
Oakland Coach Yard Amtrak 22 160.440
Oakland-West Haggin UP 46 160.800
West Haggin UP
(DS-57)
51 160.875
Haggin-Dunsmuir UP
(DS-64)
80 161.310
West Haggin-Roseville-Binney Jct. UP
(DS-57)
51 160.875
Dunsmuir-Klamath Falls UP 45 160.785
Klamath Falls-Calimus) UP 45 160.785
Calimus-Coalca, OR UP 96 161.550
Coalca-Portland UP 27 160.515
Portland Switching Amtrak 62 161.040
Portland Station Amtrak 16 160.350
Portland-North Vancouver, WA BNSF 76 161.250
North Vancouver-Nisqually BNSF 66 161.100
Nisqually-Tukwilla BNSF 87 161.415
Tukwilla-Seattle BNSF 70 161.160
NOTE: Oakland channel 42 to 46 change occurs at 10th Street, about 3 miles north of Oakland Jack London station.
NOTE: West Haggin/Haggin is 1-2 mile east of Sacramento's Amtrak Station.
NOTE: Primary and Alternate routes meet at Binney Jct., about 1 mile north of Marysville.
NOTE: Coalca is between Canby and Oregon City, about 10 miles south of Portland
NOTE: Channel 16/160.350 is used by handheld radios only.

PACIFIC SURFLINERS
Segment Host Chan Frequency
San Luis Obispo-Goleta-CP Los Posas UP 96 161.550
Pismo-Surf, Dispatcher's Link UP 25 160.485
CP Los Posas-CP Taylor SCAX (Metrolink) 29 160.545
CP Taylor-Los Angeles LAUS SCAX 47 160.815
>Los Angeles Station Amtrak 23 160.455
Los Angeles LAUS-Soto SCAX 47 160.815
Soto-Fullerton BNSF 36 160.650
Fullerton-San Diego SCAX 30 160.560

SAN JOAQUINS
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Oakland Yardmaster UP 66 161.100
Oakland Coach Yard Amtrak 22 160.440
Oakland Station UP 42 160.740
Oakland-Port Chicago UP 46 160.800
Port Chicago-Bixler BNSF 30 160.560
Bixler Stockton Tower BNSF 36 160.650
Stockton Tower-Atwater/Fluhr BNSF 36 160.650
Atwater-Gregg BNSF 85 161.385
Gregg-Bakersfield Station BNSF 55 160.935
Bakersfield Yard BNSF 84 161.370
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Sacramento-Tom Spur UP
(DS-57)
51 160.875
Tom Spur-Stockton Tower UP
(DS-56)
96 161.550
Amtrak On-Board Managers Amtrak 22 160.440
NOTE: Channel 42 to 46 change occurs about 3 miles north of Oakland Jack London station, at 10th Street.
NOTE: Bixler (MP:1139.2) is 18 miles west of Stockton.
NOTE: At Atwater (MP:1064) channel change is just west of the west switch of Fluhr siding.
NOTE: Gregg is 13 miles west of Fresno station.
NOTE: Tom Spur is 1.5 miles south of Lodi siding.

CAPITOL CORRIDOR
Segment Host Chan Frequency
San Jose-Santa Clara Caltrain 47 160.815
Santa Clara-Oakland UP 42 160.740
Oakland Yardmaster UP 66 161.100
OaklandCoach Yard Amtrak 22 160.440
Oakland-West Haggin UP 46 160.800
West Haggin-Auburn UP 51 160.875
Amtrak On-Board Managers Amtrak 22 160.440
NOTE: Channel 42 to 46 change occurs at 10th Street, about 3 miles north of Oakland's Jack London station.
NOTE: West Haggin is about 1 mile east of Sacramento's Amtrak Station.

CASCADES INTERNATIONAL SERVICES
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Seattle Station Amtrak 23 160.455
Seattle BNSF 70 161.160
Everett BNSF 66 161.100
Everett-White Rock, B.C. BNSF 76 161.250
White Rock, B.C.-Vancouver BC BNSF 66 161.100
Fraser River Bridge BNSF 61 161.025
Colebrook BC BNSF 39 160.695


CASCADES INTERSTATE SERVICES
Segment Host Chan Frequency
Eugene-Coalca, OR UP 96 161.550
Coalca-Portland UP 27 160.515
Portland Switching Amtrak 62 161.040
Portland Station Amtrak 16 160.350
Portland-North Vancouver, WA BNSF 76 161.250
North Vancouver-Nisqually BNSF 66 161.100
Nisqually-Tukwilla BNSF 87 161.415
Tukwilla-Seattle BNSF 70 161.160
Larger Stations Amtrak 23 160.455

NOTE: Coalca is between Canby and Oregon City, about 10 miles south of Portland
NOTE: Channel 16/160.350 in Portland is used by handheld radios.


AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF RAILROADS CHANNEL SYSTEM

The American Association of Railroads has assigned channel numbers to each of 96 radio frequencies in the 160-161 MegaHertz bands. These frequencies are used in the United States and Canada. Channels 7-96 are used in the U.S. for railroad operations. Channels 2-6 are used in Canada for rail operations only. In the U.S. channels 3-6 are used by railroads for truck operations.

TABLE CONVERSION CHANNELS TO MHz FREQUENCY
Chan Frequency Chan Frequency Chan Frequency Chan Frequency
02 159.810 26 160.500 50 160.860 74 161.220
03 159.930 27 160.515 51 160.875 75 161.235
04 160.050 28 160.530 52 160.890 76 161.250
05 160.185 29 160.545 53 160.905 77 161.265
06 160.200 30 160.560 54 160.920 78 161.280
07 160.215 31 160.575 55 160.935 79 161.295
08 160.230 32 160.590 56 160.950 80 161.310
09 160.245 33 160.605 57 160.965 81 161.325
10 160.260 34 160.620 58 160.980 82 161.340
11 160.275 35 160.635 59 160.995 83 161.355
12 160.290 36 160.650 60 161.010 84 161.370
13 160.305 37 160.665 61 161.025 85 161.385
14 160.320 38 160.680 62 161.040 86 161.400
15 160.335 39 160.695 63 161.055 87 161.415
16 160.350 40 160.710 64 161.070 88 161.430
17 160.365 41 160.725 65 161.085 89 161.445
18 160.380 42 160.740 66 161.100 90 161.460
19 160.395 43 160.755 67 161.115 91 161.475
20 160.410 44 160.770 68 161.130 92 161.490
21 160.425 45 160.785 69 161.145 93 161.505
22 160.440 46 160.800 70 161.160 94 161.520
23 160.455 47 160.815 71 161.175 95 161.535
24 160.470 48 160.830 72 161.190 96 161.550
25 160.485 49 160.845 73 161.205 97 161.565

NOTE: Railroads also use frequencies in the 4xx.xxx MegaHertz bands in: 45x.xxx, 46x.xxx, and 47x.xxx.

Railroad radios that synthesize the frequencies have a window with AAR channel number for transmitting and receiving. For example: 160.920 MHz, Channel 54. The window would show "5454",transmit channel 54 and receive channel 54.

Railroads also use 457.9375 MHz and 452.9375 frequencies to transmit EOT/end of train telemetry. EOT Devices, transmit the train's brake pressure and whether the EOT is moving every 40 seconds or if any change. NOTE: Norfolk Southern uses 161.115 MHz Channel 67.

EOT devices transmit at 2 watts, with transmission traveling 3 to 5 miles.


RAILWAY FAMILY RADIO SERVICES/RFRS is a private, two-way, very short-distance voice communications service for facilitating family and group activities. FCC license is not required. Amtrak On-Board Service personnel will be using this system on some trains. Frequencies will be taken from the following authorized list, with no prior frequency assignment.

RAILWAY FAMILY RADIO SERVICES
Channel Frequency Channel Frequency
1 462.5625 8 467.5625
2 462.5875 9 467.5875
3 462.6125 10 467.6125
4 462.6375 11 467.6375
5 462.6625 12 467.6625
6 462.6875 13 467.6875
7 462.7125 14 467.7125

USING RAILWAY RADIO

  • Conversations among the train crew members.

  • Conversations between dispatchers and train's engineers.

  • "Defect Detectors" will announce "no defects". Some provide speed, number of axles, or air temperature.

  • Scanner have the ability to scan a range of frequencies, set to scan the range 159.810 to 161.565 MHz.

  • Scanners that is capable of storing 100 channels of frequencies, enter all frequencies in their corresponding channels. Using the channel lock-out facility of most scanners to only scan the desired frequencies.

  • Preset all the local frequencies into one or two "banks" of your scanner and scan through all of them. Set "Priority Channel", to checked every second even if the scanner is locked on another active transmission.

  • For example: 3666, is transmitting on 160.650 Channel 36 and receiving on 161.100 Channel 66.

  • Use earphones when traveling on a passenger train which is required.

    Scanner & Radios are governed by federal laws and regulations, and various state laws:

    Summary Listing   Reference Laws, Rules and Regulations


  • SELECTING RAILWAY RADIO

  • Capable of receiving in the 148-174 MHz and 450-470 MHz "UHF".
  • Pre-storable scanner channels to cover all frequencies.
  • A lock-out button to allow selected scanner channels to be locked out.
  • Priority system to allow selected scanner channels to be indicated high priority.
  • Search capability to allow for search for active frequencies range.
  • Delay button to holds current frequency for 1 or 2 seconds after a signal ends.
  • A button-controlled light for the frequency information window.
  • Keypad Lock to prevent accidental key presses.
  • Rechargeable batteries


  • RAILWAY CHANNELS

    Scanner Radios are available that have: 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 300 and even more pre-storable channels. These are internal channels that the user can select frequency, after which the frequency is permanently stored in that channel.

    For railroad scanning: 20 channels is usually adequate, but 100 channels is much more flexible since then the 96 frequencies can be pre-set. 200 channels adds even more flexibility as the 96 frequencies can be pre-set, and other banks frequencies for particular areas can be pre-set.


    ANTENNAS

    But often the antenna that comes with the scanner is hardly better than no antenna, particularly inside a steel vehicle or in an area of poor reception such as a city, valley, dense forest, and so on. The best way to improve the performance of your scanner is to improve the antenna you use.

    Although convenient to use, rubber duckies and base station whips are short, not optimized for railroad frequencies and cannot be moved to the best position without moving the scanner. Longer antennas, adjustable whips, and a wall-mounted antenna can be a major improvement.

    Rubber duckies are actually a coil of wire used to effectively lengthen the electronic length of an antenna without increasing it's physical length "loading coils" . The electronic length of an antenna is critical to it's performance, but only a variable length antenna is correct for many different frequency bands. So one important improvement over rubber duckies is an adjustable whip, usually with a small loading coil near the bottom. Antennas of this type which will connect directly to scanners are available at Radio Shack and many electronic supply shops.

    To tune an adjustable whip the following formula governs:

    Correct length (inches) = 2,800 / frequency in MegaHertz
    Note: "/" means divide

    Conrail's main frequency, roughly in the middle of the railroad band:

    Example: length = 2800 / 160.800 = 17.4

    A 17.4 inch antenna will optimize reception. Note that this is a "quarter-wave" antenna, which one quarter of the wavelength for that frequency. Quarter-wave 17.4 inch antenna will work across the entire Channel Range.

    To improve performance by using a "ground plane". Without a ground an antenna cannot work well. Good ground planes are:

    • Flat Metallic Objects
    • Earth Grounding

      handheld Scanner: the best position for scanner is on a metallic object such as an vehicle hood or roof, roadside guardrail, or pipeline standpipe. Obviously the scanner should be removed from any sort of leather case and the plastic case of the radio reduces the effect but doesn't eliminate it.


    RAILWAY FREQUENCIES

    There are several sources for lists of frequencies used by North American railroads.


    AUTO TRAIN INTRODUTION

    Auto Train is the o service in the United States, which enablingrail passengers to take along automibles, small van, or motorcycle when traveling the east coast. Passengers ride in either wide coach seats or private first-class sleeping compartments while their vehicles are safely carried in enclosed auto carriers.

    DISCLAIMER: ATD LINES is not associated with Amtrak or the Auto Train Operations. The material contained herein is not an official publication of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

    Lorton is about a half-hour drive south of Washington, DC, just off I-95. Sanford is about a half-hour drive north of Orlando, a short distance from I-4. Auto Train operates daily between Lorton, Virginia and Sanford, Florida. Auto Train can also handle trailers, travel trailers, boat trailers with boats, and trailers that handle jet skis and motorcycles, with conditions.

    Contact Amtrak for details at the special Auto Train: 1-877-754-7495 or Amtrak: 1-800-872-7245. Remmber: passengers must have a car, van or motorcycle with them.

    Auto Train is Amtrak's finest train, next to Coast Starlight, which empolyes the finest train attendants and best-maintained cars. The Auto Train is very popular and is often crowded, particularly during the winter and spring months. It's also used by quite a few families traveling to Disney World. Many people from Pennsylvania, New York and the New England states also use the Auto Train.

    It's best to book several months ahead, as sleeping car reservations can be difficult to get on short notice.

    Amtrak continues to consider other routes for Auto Train-type service, in particular Chicago to Florida and along the Coast Starlight Route.




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