mainetrain wrote:I miss the good 'ole "Riverline Dispatcher"
You mean the Penn Central Riverline Dispatcher?
I believe I was once told that the Penn Central dispatchers were all at NYP, but Conrail moved them to E-port, and then to Trenton. I don't know whether that info is valid - it was something someone I met while railfanning told me, and it was a long time ago.
Interestingly, the Riverline shared its road channel (160.800) with Amtrak's NEC for a long time. The crews on the Riverline used to get "stepped on" by Amtrak towers all the time - then they moved the Riverline to 160.980 - which it still uses today.
I also recall that Penn Central and Conrail used more or less centralized radio transmitters for the Riverline. There was one atop the Alpine tower, which covered everything from North Bergen to Haverstraw and probably even farther north. Then there was another transmitter somewhere up around Haverstraw, and a couple more up the line.