PAGE FOUR.
HIGH IRON ONLINE Magazine. Issue 2, FALL-WINTER, 2001
Published by Iron Horse America, Hosted by Railfan.Net
RAILFAN TOOLS+
This issue REPEATS the thick list of Railroad radio frequencies I have compiled from my current research, following the NEW editorial below. Also one will find a new map and railfan's guide to Washington State's Trinidad Loop grade on the BNSF, at the bottm of the page.
RAILROADS AND RAILFANS - AND ESSAY ON OUR RELATIONSHIP.
THIS MATERIAL IS FROM A CANADIAN PUBLICATION AND REPRINTED FOR YOUR INTEREST. ALLTHOUGH WE TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CONTENTS WE DO AGREE WITH MUCH OF WHAT THE PIECE HAS TO SAY.

Earlier this summer, an article appeared in a Canadian Pacific RR newsletter on this topic. It is the only rational examination of the issue by any railroad that I have seen in my 30 years of railfanning. I highly recommend that you read it, as attached below, and hope that some day sanity will prevail (although I wouldn't bet on it).
Gary Stuebben
Dayton, OH
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Flame the fans, or fan the flames?
The image of a small child waving at a passing train is an enduring one,captured in art and literature, or often in personal experience.
There is something fascinating to the childhood mind about the danger and the noise, the speed and the movement, a fascination not much diminished by the transition from steam to diesel. We all understand, even if just a little,the thrill the child feels when rewarded by a wave from the crew or a blast from the whistle.

The company employee for whom working in and around railway equipment is a way of life, often quickly loses his childhood fascination. There is nothing wrong with this, and it's perhaps a good thing he comes to respect the dangerous aspects of the environment in which he finds himself. One false move can mean injury or death for himself or others.

It's with bewilderment and sometimes anger that railway employees encounter adults near railway facilities who are there because of their fascination with trains. Known as "railfans", or other less complimentary names applied by some company employees, these people are often viewed as dangerous to rail operations and railway property, a group to be discouraged and chased away by every means available to the railway.

But who are these railfans? This collection of adults constitutes a diverse group. They can be of any age, but are often middle-aged or older males. Some may be retired, some may be students. They can come from any professional background: accountants, musicians, technicians, business executives, tradesmen, or civil servants to name a few. The Federal Transport Minister is reported to be a railfan. And yes, there are even some railway employees in the railfan ranks.

Many railfans carry cameras. For some, photography is the reason they're there. Getting the ultimate photograph of an interesting locomotive or piece of equipment in a picturesque setting may be the goal, possibly to submit to a magazine, or just for the personal satisfaction of the artistic merit of the result. Others carry cameras only as a support for their real interests.

They could be gathering information for creating detailed and accurate models, and need the precise paint colours, paint schemes, or details of equipment or bridges, for example. Others are interested simply in the operational aspects of how the railways function. A refuelling operation,car setoff, track work or complicated switching movement may be a big thing for them. Still others are interested primarily in the historical aspects of the railways, looking for evidence of railways long gone, or recording on film certain structures and operations before they disappear.

Some railfans carry radio scanners. This is not to eavesdrop on crews. Since freight train schedules cannot be predicted with any accuracy by a railfan without inside information, radio reports of trains clearing certain points or talking hotbox detectors give advance notice of arrival. The radio traffic also helps those interested in operations to understand better how parts of the system function together.

Railway employees have been sometimes surprised by the level of knowledge of railfans. Often the railway worker concentrates on his own specialty while the railfan may have studied and followed the big picture of how the whole system works together.

Not everyone seen near railway property is a railfan, however. There may be the inattentive trespasser taking a shortcut. There may be the graffiti artist waiting to spray paint a parked rail car. Some may be young vandals intent on doing whatever nuisance they can on the spur of the moment, or in rare extreme cases, a saboteur equipped with the malice of forethought there to do some real damage. Generally, though, people with malicious intent tend not to stand out in the open with a cameras around their necks and radios on their hips.

Most railfans are very supportive of the railways and understand many of the risks that the railway environment presents. It is true that there are some railfans who put themselves or railway crews at danger in the pursuit of their hobby. These are a very small minority, however, who are quickly disowned by the rest of the fraternity. Even so, railways have legitimate liability concerns about injuries or deaths that may occur on railway property. The risks of having railfans on the property used to be accepted to a degree generally determined at the local level, sometimes covered by a signed waiver of liability. Recently, however, in most cases companies apply the full weight of trespass regulations to any and all non-employees regardless of their motivation, activities, or level of sensitivity to the dangers present. Given the many railway facilities in the country, the tens of thousands of kilometres of track, and the hundreds of thousands of pieces of equipment, this is impossible to enforce with any consistency given the small number of railway eyes on the lookout for problems, and the even smaller number of railway police available to do something about it.

The young child today has a more difficult time finding a train to wave at than in previous generations. His parents, and more likely his grandparents, have probably ridden on passenger trains or gone to meet visitors at the station. They probably knew someone who worked for the railway and lived in a community where the arrival of the train really mattered to life there. Today, for many Canadians, the train is simply part of the landscape idly noticed from the window of a passing car, or an annoyance encountered at a level crossing when in a hurry. In general, most people in Canada have no link with the railways, and they believe that railways just don't matter any more.

The railway industry in Canada has gone through some significant changes since the parents and grandparents waved at trains. After a number of difficult years, the operating companies are having some success using innovative ideas and new equipment to win back traffic lost to the trucks. However, the industry has an image problem. If people think of the railways at all, they imagine them as they were in the good old days.

This image of large, stolid companies and old brute-force smoke-belching technology doesn't play well in today's social and business context. The railways understand the problem and have been trying to do something about it outside their marketing efforts directed to potential customers. CP Limited ran a series of ads in general consumer magazines and on TV some time ago starting from children's dreams of trains and ships, explaining what modern organizations the CP companies really are. CN had a series of consumer ads featuring CN employees as a major component of the modern company's strength. Consumers have to some extent become hardened to companies blowing their own horns however.

The railway industry has a long way to go to build the support outside the business community (and, to some extent inside the business community). Where to find the advocates to help spread the word about the modern railways to all levels of Canadian society? Responsible railfans constitute a group of people who are already pro-railway. They are distributed across the country and have roots in the community, industry, business and government. They are knowledgeable, at least superficially, on railway operations and equipment. In many cases they are the torch-carriers for the railways' history. Instead of actively discouraging them, the railways might do well at least to tolerate railfans if not to encourage them outright. Consider some of the possible advantages:

* The army of railfans deployed along the right of way provides many extra eyes on the lookout for operational problems such as shifted loads, dragging equipment or locked brakes. Encouraging them to phone in any problems they see and facilitating the process would supplement trackside detectors, potentially to fix problems before they became expensive or even fatal.

* In a similar manner, railfans notice people who are out of place in the railway environment. If they felt welcome to report trespassers or unusual activity around railway facilities, this would help prevent injury or wilful damage to railway equipment, subjects of continual concern for all companies.

* Railfan members of the community could make excellent Operation Lifesaver presenters in local schools with the proper training. This could greatly extend the reach of the program and have a beneficial long-term impact.

* Railfan members of community or of local businesses would be well placed to assist in presenting changes in railway operations that impact the community, or in helping to moderate disputes. This is a natural follow on to CPR's agreement with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to sort out differences at the lowest level without resorting to legal action, and would avoid the appearance of an outsider "coming in to tell local people what's good for them".

Using local railfans as "missionaries" is potentially an effective, low cost means of spreading the good word the railways may wish to broadcast, and to form a pro-railway nucleus in the community. It certainly would make the companies more concrete in the eyes of potential investors. The Pacific Wilderness Railways in Victoria has a Safety Watch program which uses local volunteers with donated cell phones to patrol the right of way for trespassers, hand out information pamphlets on safety, and report any dangerous conditions.

Yes, there are a number of bridges to cross for the railways to use this untapped resource effectively. No one advocates opening the gates wide to the general public or giving railfans the free run of railway facilities, especially after all the good work that has been done in educating potential trespassers to the real dangers involved. The challenges include:

* safety and liability issues. Instead of the blanket "no non-employees on company property" which seems to be de rigueur in most situations, companies should objectively consider the potential payoffs versus safety training or the real risks involved in some controlled access.

* determining who's a railfan. Since railfans come in all shapes, sizes and motivations, knowing who is useful and who is dangerous is somewhat of a challenge. However, the closer the railway integrates itself with the community, the easier this becomes.

* organizing the group. Depending on the role envisioned for the railfans, they will need to be organized to some extent if only to make a list of who's who. In many cases there already exists formal or informal organizations on which the railways could easily piggyback with little administrative effort.

* the payoff. The volunteers don't need to be paid in cash, but there should be a payoff of some kind for service they provide. This could include safety training, supervised facilities tours, or simple toleration. This needn't be expensive, and any expenses incurred could be written off against operations savings or as public relations.

Thus a small investment by the railways in working with the railfan community instead of against it has the potential for a big payoff in the direct improvement in safety, operations and community/investor relations. To get this payoff, the companies will have to make the first step to get the fans onside and reverse the anti-railfan stance that seems to be the current policy in many cases. This is a chance for the railways to show some innovative thinking for a definite payoff, rather than simply business as usual.

The small child waving at the train... Is he waving goodbye, or will the railway be an important part of his community when he's older? ------------------------------------------------------


Frequencies sorted by railroad
PLEASE SEND UPDATES, CORRECTIONS AND OBSERVATIONS.

Algoma Central
160.530 -- [AAR channel 28] -- channel 1 (road)
160.575 -- [AAR channel 31] -- channel 2 (yard)
160.605 -- [AAR channel 33] -- channel 3 (yard)
Alleghany Eastern
160.290 -- [AAR channel 12] -- road
Alton & Southern
160.770 -- [AAR channel 44] -- channel 1 (road)
160.335 -- [AAR channel 15] -- channel 2 (yard)
Ann Arbor
161.490 -- [AAR channel 92] -- road
161.355 -- [AAR channel 83] -- switching

BNSF:

BNSF - Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe
160.650 -- [AAR channel 36] -- channel 1 (road)
161.550 -- [AAR channel 96] -- channel 2 (road)
160.935 -- [AAR channel 55] -- channel 3 (road)
161.190 -- [AAR channel 72] -- channel 4 (road)
160.560 -- [AAR channel 30] -- channel 6 (yard)
161.010 -- [AAR channel 60] -- MOW
160.830 -- [AAR channel 48] -- PBX
160.245 -- [AAR channel 09] -- PBX (Corwith)
160.260 -- [AAR channel 10] -- PBX (Galesburg)
160.335 -- [AAR channel 15] -- PBX (West)
160.425 -- [AAR channel 21] -- PBX (West)
161.205 -- [AAR channel 73] -- special agents
160.995 -- [AAR channel 59] -- yard
BNSF - Burlington Northern
161.100 -- [AAR channel 66] -- channel 1 (road)
161.160 -- [AAR channel 70] -- channel 2 (yard, road on ex-Frisco)
160.620 -- [AAR channel 34] -- PBX
160.665 -- [AAR channel 37] -- PBX
161.130 -- [AAR channel 68] -- PBX
160.425 -- [AAR channel 21] -- PBX (Lakes Region)
161.415 -- [AAR channel 87] -- road
161.385 -- [AAR channel 85] -- road
160.230 -- [AAR channel 08] -- road
160.650 -- [AAR channel 36] -- yard
161.355 -- [AAR channel 83] -- yard
161.250 -- [AAR channel 76] -- yard/road

Belt Railway of Chicago
160.500 -- [AAR channel 26] -- road
161.445 -- [AAR channel 89] -- special agents
160.380 -- [AAR channel 18] -- yard

CN:

Canadian National
161.415 -- [AAR channel 87] -- channel 1 (end to end)
161.205 -- [AAR channel 73] -- channel 2 (dispatcher)
160.935 -- [AAR channel 55] -- channel 3 (dispatcher)
160.665 -- [AAR channel 37] -- channel 4 (dispatcher)
160.365 -- [AAR channel 17] -- channel 5 (terminal switching)
160.485 -- [AAR channel 25] -- channel 6 (dispatcher)
161.025 -- [AAR channel 61] -- channel 8 (dispatcher)
161.505 -- [AAR channel 93] -- CN police
CN - Grand Trunk Western
160.590 -- [AAR channel 32] -- channel 1 (road)
160.530 -- [AAR channel 28] -- channel 2 (road)
160.845 -- [AAR channel 49] -- channel 3 (yard)
160.950 -- [AAR channel 56] -- channel 4 (MOW)
160.920 -- [AAR channel 54] -- ex-D&TS road
161.010 -- [AAR channel 60] -- PBX
160.980 -- [AAR channel 58] -- PBX
161.280 -- [AAR channel 78] -- police
160.440 -- [AAR channel 22] -- police
160.470 -- [AAR channel 24] -- police (Detroit area)
161.220 -- [AAR channel 74] -- road (ex-DT&I)
160.905 -- [AAR channel 53] -- special agents
160.740 -- [AAR channel 42] -- yard
161.040 -- [AAR channel 62] -- yard
CN - Illinois Central
161.190 -- [AAR channel 72] -- channel F1 (road)
160.920 -- [AAR channel 54] -- channel F2 (road)
161.460 -- [AAR channel 90] -- channel Y1 (yard)
161.280 -- [AAR channel 78] -- channel Y2 (yard)
160.950 -- [AAR channel 56] -- channel Y3 (yard)
161.010 -- [AAR channel 60] -- channel Y4 (yard)
160.725 -- [AAR channel 41] -- piggyback ramps
161.205 -- [AAR channel 73] -- special agents
160.815 -- [AAR channel 47] -- Woodcrest shops
161.505 -- [AAR channel 93] -- yard

CP RAIL SYSTEM:

CP - Canadian Pacific
161.475 -- [AAR channel 91] -- channel 1 (road and dispatcher 1)
161.535 -- [AAR channel 95] -- channel 2 (train to dispatcher 1)
160.425 -- [AAR channel 21] -- channel 3 (train to dispatcher 2)
161.115 -- [AAR channel 67] -- channel 4 (road and dispatcher 4)
161.325 -- [AAR channel 81] -- channel 5 (road and dispatcher 3)
160.425 -- [AAR channel 21] -- channel 6 (train to dispatcher 4)
159.885 -- police
160.815 -- [AAR channel 47] -- RTC
CP - Soo Line
161.370 -- [AAR channel 84] -- channel 1 (road)
161.520 -- [AAR channel 94] -- channel 2 (road)
161.085 -- [AAR channel 65] -- channel 3 (road)
160.770 -- [AAR channel 44] -- channel 4 (ex-CMStP&P road)
161.430 -- [AAR channel 88] -- channel 5 (ex-CMStP&P yard)
160.725 -- [AAR channel 41] -- channel 6 (ex-CMStP&P yard)
161.205 -- [AAR channel 73] -- police, mutual aid
160.260 -- [AAR channel 10] -- police, piggyback
160.620 -- [AAR channel 34] -- police, piggyback

Cartier
161.130 -- [AAR channel 68] -- channel 1 (south dispatcher)
160.800 -- [AAR channel 46] -- channel 2 (north dispatcher)
160.980 -- [AAR channel 58] -- channel 3 (end-to-end)
160.740 -- [AAR channel 42] -- channel 4 (MOW)
161.070 -- [AAR channel 64] -- channel 5 (yard)

Central Oregon & Pacific
160.320 -- [AAR channel 14] -- all operations

Chicago South Shore & South Bend
161.100 -- [AAR channel 66] -- MOW
161.355 -- [AAR channel 83] -- road
161.025 -- [AAR channel 61] -- road, commuter

CSX
161.520 -- [AAR channel 94] -- dispatcher
160.410 -- [AAR channel 20] -- dispatcher to train (ex-RF&P)
161.490 -- [AAR channel 92] -- dispatcher to train (ex-RF&P)
160.785 -- [AAR channel 45] -- MOW/engineering
160.980 -- [AAR channel 58] -- PBX
161.265 -- [AAR channel 77] -- PBX (Baltimore, MD-Martinsburg, WV)
161.295 -- [AAR channel 79] -- police
160.875 -- [AAR channel 51] -- police
160.920 -- [AAR channel 54] -- road
160.230 -- [AAR channel 08] -- road (ex-Chessie)
160.320 -- [AAR channel 14] -- road (ex-Chessie)
161.100 -- [AAR channel 66] -- road (ex-SBD)
161.370 -- [AAR channel 84] -- road (ex-SBD)
160.590 -- [AAR channel 32] -- road (ex-SBD)
161.550 -- [AAR channel 96] -- train to dispatcher (ex-RF&P)
161.280 -- [AAR channel 78] -- yard
160.290 -- [AAR channel 12] -- yard
160.740 -- [AAR channel 42] -- yard
161.160 -- [AAR channel 70] -- yard
161.460 -- [AAR channel 90] -- yard
161.145 -- [AAR channel 69] -- yard (Chicago)
160.530 -- [AAR channel 28] -- yard (ex-Chessie)
Conrail CSX / Norfolk Southern
160.800 -- [AAR channel 46] -- channel 1 (road)
161.070 -- [AAR channel 64] -- channel 2 (road)
160.860 -- [AAR channel 50] -- channel 3 (hump)
160.980 -- [AAR channel 58] -- channel 4 (yard)
160.245 -- [AAR channel 09] -- channel 5
160.410 -- [AAR channel 20] -- channel 6
160.995 -- [AAR channel 59] -- channel 7 (yard)
161.400 -- [AAR channel 86] -- channel 9
161.430 -- [AAR channel 88] -- channel 10 (track crews)
160.335 -- [AAR channel 15] -- channel 11
160.350 -- [AAR channel 16] -- channel 12
160.470 -- [AAR channel 24] -- channel 13
161.340 -- [AAR channel 82] -- channel 14 (carmen)
161.385 -- [AAR channel 85] -- channel 15 (yard)
161.460 -- [AAR channel 90] -- channel 16
160.680 -- [AAR channel 38] -- channel 17 (police)
160.560 -- [AAR channel 30] -- channel 18 (police mobile)
160.740 -- [AAR channel 42] -- PBX (Toledo)
160.545 -- [AAR channel 29] -- police
160.305 -- [AAR channel 13] -- yard
161.295 -- [AAR channel 79] -- yard
160.365 -- [AAR channel 17] -- yard
160.425 -- [AAR channel 21] -- yard
160.500 -- [AAR channel 26] -- yard
(CSX) - New York, Susquehanna & Western
160.485 -- [AAR channel 25] -- channel 1 (road, Southern Division)
161.295 -- [AAR channel 79] -- channel 2 (road duplex, Northern Division)
160.620 -- [AAR channel 34] -- channel 3 (road duplex, Northern Division)

Delaware & Hudson
161.100 -- [AAR channel 66] -- East Binghamton yard
160.590 -- [AAR channel 32] -- road
160.530 -- [AAR channel 28] -- yard

Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range
160.230 -- [AAR channel 08] -- Duluth ore docks
161.340 -- [AAR channel 82] -- maintenance of way
160.680 -- [AAR channel 38] -- maintenance of way
160.800 -- [AAR channel 46] -- north dispatcher
160.350 -- [AAR channel 16] -- south dispatcher

Elgin, Joliet & Eastern
161.475 -- [AAR channel 91] -- carmen
161.550 -- [AAR channel 96] -- MOW
160.350 -- [AAR channel 16] -- road
160.260 -- [AAR channel 10] -- yard

Florida East Coast
160.770 -- [AAR channel 44] -- channel 1 (train to dispatcher)
160.530 -- [AAR channel 28] -- channel 2 (dispatcher to train)

Gateway Western
161.460 -- [AAR channel 90] -- operations east of Mexico, MO
161.280 -- [AAR channel 78] -- operations west of Mexico, MO and on joint line

I&M Rail Link
160.770 -- [AAR channel 44] -- road
160.530 -- [AAR channel 28] -- road

Indiana Harbor Belt
160.980 -- [AAR channel 58] -- channel 1 (road)
161.070 -- [AAR channel 64] -- channel 2 (road)
160.545 -- [AAR channel 29] -- police

Iowa Interstate
161.220 -- [AAR channel 74] -- road
160.305 -- [AAR channel 13] -- yard

Kansas City Southern
457.900 -- Deramus Yard, Shreveport
452.900 -- Deramus Yard, Shreveport
160.260 -- [AAR channel 10] -- dispatcher-to-train (lineups at 0630 and 1230)
160.085 -- intermodal yard
161.055 -- [AAR channel 63] -- Knoche Yard (Kansas City), Dallas
161.250 -- [AAR channel 76] -- mobile transmitters
160.890 -- [AAR channel 52] -- mobile transmitters, supervisors
160.350 -- [AAR channel 16] -- train-to-dispatcher
160.305 -- [AAR channel 13] -- various yards (Kansas City, New Orleans)

Lake Superior & Ishpeming
160.230 -- [AAR channel 08] -- channel 1 (road)
160.950 -- [AAR channel 56] -- channel 2 (MOW)
161.205 -- [AAR channel 73] -- police intersystem
161.370 -- [AAR channel 84] -- yard
161.490 -- [AAR channel 92] -- yard

Massachusetts Central
160.470 -- [AAR channel 24] -- all operations

Minnesota Commercial
160.560 -- [AAR channel 30] -- road
160.740 -- [AAR channel 42] -- road

Montana Railink
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New England Central
161.205 -- [AAR channel 73] -- dispatcher
161.415 -- [AAR channel 87] -- road

New York, Susquehanna & Western (CSX)
160.485 -- [AAR channel 25] -- channel 1 (road, Southern Division)
161.295 -- [AAR channel 79] -- channel 2 (road duplex, Northern Division)
160.620 -- [AAR channel 34] -- channel 3 (road duplex, Northern Division)

Norfolk Southern
161.115 -- [AAR channel 67] -- EOT devices
161.415 -- [AAR channel 87] -- ex-N&W carmen
160.485 -- [AAR channel 25] -- ex-N&W carmen
161.190 -- [AAR channel 72] -- ex-N&W road (former N&W)
161.250 -- [AAR channel 76] -- ex-N&W road (former Nickel Plate)
160.440 -- [AAR channel 22] -- ex-N&W road (former Wabash)
160.365 -- [AAR channel 17] -- ex-Southern carmen
160.245 -- [AAR channel 09] -- ex-Southern channel 2 (dispatcher to-train)
160.830 -- [AAR channel 48] -- ex-Southern channel 2 (train-to dispatcher)
161.490 -- [AAR channel 92] -- ex-Southern channel 3 (yard)
160.770 -- [AAR channel 44] -- ex-Southern channel 4 (road)
160.950 -- [AAR channel 56] -- ex-Southern channel 5 (road)
160.635 -- [AAR channel 35] -- PBX (Manassas, VA)
161.130 -- [AAR channel 68] -- PBX (Tilton, IL-St. Louis, MO)
160.515 -- [AAR channel 27] -- PBX (various points), piggyback ramp (Chicago, IL)
160.620 -- [AAR channel 34] -- police
161.205 -- [AAR channel 73] -- police
160.275 -- [AAR channel 11] -- Salisbury PBX
NS - Conrail (CSX / Norfolk Southern)
160.800 -- [AAR channel 46] -- channel 1 (road)
161.070 -- [AAR channel 64] -- channel 2 (road)
160.860 -- [AAR channel 50] -- channel 3 (hump)
160.980 -- [AAR channel 58] -- channel 4 (yard)
160.245 -- [AAR channel 09] -- channel 5
160.410 -- [AAR channel 20] -- channel 6
160.995 -- [AAR channel 59] -- channel 7 (yard)
161.400 -- [AAR channel 86] -- channel 9
161.430 -- [AAR channel 88] -- channel 10 (track crews)
160.335 -- [AAR channel 15] -- channel 11
160.350 -- [AAR channel 16] -- channel 12
160.470 -- [AAR channel 24] -- channel 13
161.340 -- [AAR channel 82] -- channel 14 (carmen)
161.385 -- [AAR channel 85] -- channel 15 (yard)
161.460 -- [AAR channel 90] -- channel 16
160.680 -- [AAR channel 38] -- channel 17 (police)
160.560 -- [AAR channel 30] -- channel 18 (police mobile)
160.740 -- [AAR channel 42] -- PBX (Toledo)
160.545 -- [AAR channel 29] -- police
160.305 -- [AAR channel 13] -- yard
161.295 -- [AAR channel 79] -- yard
160.365 -- [AAR channel 17] -- yard
160.425 -- [AAR channel 21] -- yard
160.500 -- [AAR channel 26] -- yard

Ohio Central
160.845 -- [AAR channel 49] -- repeater
160.215 -- [AAR channel 07] -- road

Providence & Worcester
160.650 -- [AAR channel 36] -- road (?)
160.890 -- [AAR channel 52] -- road (?)
161.100 -- [AAR channel 66] -- road (?)

Quebec, North Shore & Labrador
159.910 -- channel 1 (end-to-end)
159.930 -- channel 2 (yard)
160.335 -- [AAR channel 15] -- channel 3 (dispatcher)
160.215 -- [AAR channel 07] -- channel 4 (yard)
160.365 -- [AAR channel 17] -- channel 5 (MOW)
160.290 -- [AAR channel 12] -- channel 6 (yard)

South Buffalo
161.190 -- [AAR channel 72] -- all operations

Springfield Terminal
161.160 -- [AAR channel 70] -- channel 1, ex-B&M lines (dispatcher to train)
161.520 -- [AAR channel 94] -- channel 1, ex-B&M lines (train to dispatcher)
161.400 -- [AAR channel 86] -- channel 2, ex-B&M lines (yard)
161.370 -- [AAR channel 84] -- MOW, ex-B&M lines
160.230 -- [AAR channel 08] -- police (base to car), ex-B&M lines
161.235 -- [AAR channel 75] -- police (car to car), ex-B&M lines
160.620 -- [AAR channel 34] -- road, ex-Maine Central lines
160.380 -- [AAR channel 18] -- yard, ex-Maine Central lines

Terminal Railroad Association [St. Louis]
160.290 -- [AAR channel 12] -- 2
160.650 -- [AAR channel 36] -- Madison hump
160.425 -- [AAR channel 21] -- Madison yard
160.845 -- [AAR channel 49] -- PBX
161.205 -- [AAR channel 73] -- police
161.310 -- [AAR channel 80] -- police, MOW
160.500 -- [AAR channel 26] -- road

Toledo, Peoria & Western
161.400 -- [AAR channel 86] -- road

TransKentucky
160.665 -- [AAR channel 37] -- channel 1
161.265 -- [AAR channel 77] -- channel 2
161.445 -- [AAR channel 89] -- channel 3

UP:

Union Pacific
160.410 -- [AAR channel 20] -- channel 1 (ex-MP road)
160.470 -- [AAR channel 24] -- channel 2 (ex-MP road)
160.515 -- [AAR channel 27] -- channel 3 (ex-UP road)
160.740 -- [AAR channel 42] -- channel 4 (ex-UP road)
160.590 -- [AAR channel 32] -- channel 5 (ex-MKT road)
160.605 -- [AAR channel 33] -- MOW mobile telephone (various locations)
160.950 -- [AAR channel 56] -- UP motor freight (Seattle)
161.145 -- [AAR channel 69] -- yard (Chicago)
160.830 -- [AAR channel 48] -- yard (Milpitas, Warm Springs)
160.115 -- yard (San Jose, Milpitas, Stockton)
160.680 -- [AAR channel 38] -- yard (various locations)
UP - Chicago & North Western
160.890 -- [AAR channel 52] -- channel 1 (road)
160.455 -- [AAR channel 23] -- channel 2 (MOW, diesel ramp)
161.040 -- [AAR channel 62] -- channel 3 (road, commuter)
160.575 -- [AAR channel 31] -- channel 5 (yard)
161.475 -- [AAR channel 91] -- channel 6 (Proviso hump yardmaster)
160.485 -- [AAR channel 25] -- police
161.205 -- [AAR channel 73] -- police
UP - Southern Pacific/St. Louis Southwestern/SPCSL
160.980 -- [AAR channel 58] -- executive PBX (Houston, Denver, San Francisco)
160.680 -- [AAR channel 38] -- PBX
160.320 -- [AAR channel 14] -- road
160.950 -- [AAR channel 56] -- road, PBX
160.890 -- [AAR channel 52] -- road, PBX
161.550 -- [AAR channel 96] -- road, yard (San Jose, Warm Springs)
161.460 -- [AAR channel 90] -- SPCSL yard
160.290 -- [AAR channel 12] -- yard
160.230 -- [AAR channel 08] -- yard
161.100 -- [AAR channel 66] -- yard (Oakland, Martinez, Warm Springs)
160.800 -- [AAR channel 46] -- yard, PBX
161.280 -- [AAR channel 78] -- yard, SPCSL road
UP - Denver & Rio Grande Western
160.920 -- [AAR channel 54] -- channel 2 (road)

Wheeling & Lake Erie
161.025 -- [AAR channel 61] -- channel 1 (road, dispatch)
161.250 -- [AAR channel 76] -- channel 2 (yard)

Wisconsin Central
160.785 -- [AAR channel 45] -- channel 1 (road, WC lines west)
160.260 -- [AAR channel 10] -- channel 2 (yard)
161.295 -- [AAR channel 79] -- channel 3 (road east)
WC - Green Bay & Western
161.250 -- [AAR channel 76] -- channel 1 (road)
161.070 -- [AAR channel 64] -- channel 2 (yard)
161.385 -- [AAR channel 85] -- channel 3 (yard)
161.445 -- [AAR channel 89] -- channel 4 (yard)
160.680 -- [AAR channel 38] -- repeater (channel 1)

PLEASE FORWARD ANY ADDITIONS OR CORRECTIONS.

UPDATES ARE ALWAYS NEEDED FOR RR FREQUENCIES.

RAILFAN MAPS:
This is a fool's...er..um "artist's" rendering of the Trinidad Loop grade out of the Columbia River gorge east of Wenatchee Washington. The line follows the river for several miles then winds away from the water's edge to the brim of Lynch Coulee. There it tuns north for a few miles, loops around the spectacular, tight horse shoe curve and returns south down the coulee. At the edge of a second coulee the tracks plunge eastward through tunnel 11.1 and emerge into an ancient volcanic cavity where once a great waterfall plunged from the Columbia plateau. The tracks cut through the basalt cliffs and top out the grade at Quincy a few miles later. Easy, yet dirty, off-road access, plenty of sun, and spectacular desert-mountain grade scenery are the hallmarks of this line.Up to a dozen trains during daylight may be expected here. Rattle snakes, dust, and oppressive heat are the downsides to the area.

The accurate topographic maps for the grade will be posted with the release of our Video on this region.

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