• Radio Frequencies

  • Discussion relating to the NS operations. Official web site can be found here: NSCORP.COM.
Discussion relating to the NS operations. Official web site can be found here: NSCORP.COM.
  by railroadlover
Can I please have a list (no links please) of 20 Railroad Frequencies for Berks COunty area. Preferably Norfolk Southern and Reading Northern. I have a 20 channel bank on my scanner and I do not want to have any that are no longer used programed into it.

Thanks For ANY help! Ben
  by Schuylkill Valley
This might help.
Norfolk Southern Railway (operates most former Conrail routes in PA)
Harrisburg Division
Frequency License Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag
160.80000 BM NS Rd 1 (CR) Road 1/Disp. - HARL (Phila.-Phoenixville); LEHL (Allentown-M&H Jct.); MORL; SOUL FM Railroad
161.07000 BM NS Rd 2 (CR) Road 2/Disp. - BUFL (Westport-Buffalo, NY); LEHL (Manville, NJ-Allentown); PORB; REAL (Bethlehem-Blandon) FM Railroad
160.86000 BM NS Rd 3 (CR) Road 3/Disp. - BUFL (Rockville-Westport); HARL (Phoenixville-Hummelstown); REAL (Blandon-Wyomissing) FM Railroad
160.98000 BM NS Rd 4 (CR) Road 4/Disp. - HARL (Hummelstown-Harrisburg); PITL (Harrisburg-Duncannon); LURB (Harrisburg-Hagerstown, MD) FM Railroad
160.24500 BM NS AtownYd Allentown Yard Hump Control FM Railroad
161.44500 BM NS Enola YM Enola Yardmaster Primary FM Railroad
160.30500 BM NS Enola Dsl Enola Yard Diesel Shop FM Railroad
160.41000 BM NS HBG Yard Harrisburg Yardmaster Primary FM Railroad
160.56000 BM NS Police Ds Police Communications Center Dispatch "NS 1000" FM Railroad
160.68000 BM NS Police CC Police car-car FM Railroad
161.43000 BM NS MOW Maintenance of Way FM Railroad
160.71000 BM NS MOW 4 Maintenance of Way Ch. 4; PBX System mobile FM Railroad
161.13000 BM NS MOW 3 Maintenance of Way Ch. 3; PBX System base FM Railroad

Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad
a subsidiary of the Genesee Valley Transportation Company, Inc.
Frequency License Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag
160.24500 DL Yard D-L Yard Ops FM Railroad
161.46000 DL Rd/Disp D-L Road/Dispatcher FM Railroad
161.46000 114.8 PL DL Road Rptr D-L Repeater FM Railroad

East Penn Railroad
Operates several disconnected shortlines in eastern PA - properties formerly known as: Penn Eastern Rail Lines, Lancaster Northern Railway; Chester Valley Railway, East Penn Railways, and Bristol Industrial Terminal Railway.
Frequency License Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag
160.93500 BM ESPN Ops ESPN Operations FM Railroad

Lehigh Valley Rail Management - Bethlehem Division
BethIntermodal Terminal switching operation (former Bethlehem Steel owned Philadelphia, Bethlehem, & New England RR)
Frequency License Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag
160.21500 KRO509 RM LVRB Rptr LVRB Repeater FM Railroad
160.57500 WNDC558 RM LVRB Rptr LVRB Repeater FM Railroad

Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad (RBMN)
RBMN also operates tourist line Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway based out of Jim Thorpe, PA.
Frequency License Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag
160.47000 WNXX835 RM 127.3 PL RBMN 1 RBMN Ch. 1 - Road/Dispatcher, Reading Division South FM Railroad
160.77000 WNXX835 RM 127.3 PL RBMN 2 RBMN Ch. 2 - Road/Dispatcher, Reading Division North FM Railroad
160.47000 WPWW674 BM RBMN 3 RBMN Ch. 3 - Customer Switching FM Railroad
160.77000 WPWW674 BM RBMN 4 RBMN Ch. 4 - Customer Switching FM Railroad
161.31000 WPWW674 BM RBMN 5 RBMN Ch. 5 - Yard Operations (Port Clinton, Pittston) FM Railroad
160.80000 BM RBMN 6 RBMN Ch. 6 - Road/Dispatcher, Lehigh Division FM Railroad

Middletown & Hummelstown RR
Frequency License Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag
161.50500 WNGS801 MIDH Ops MIDH Operations FM Railroad

New Hope And Ivyland Railroad
Frequency License Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag
161.47500 WNWP670 RM NHIR Ops NHIR Operations FM Railroad

Regional Rail Division
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority serves Philadelphia and surrounding counties with multimodal passenger service. Bus and trolley operations use the SEPTA 500MHz trunked system. The Railroad Division uses standard AAR channels. Trains operating on Amtrak territory use Amtrak Road frequencies. The SEPTA VHF repeaters use PL on TX ONLY.
Frequency License Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag
160.59000 RM 141.3 PL SEPTA North North Road Repeater - Dispatcher Desks 1, 2, & 3 FM Railroad
160.38000 RM 141.3 PL SEPTA City City Road Repeater - Dispatcher Desks 4 & 5 FM Railroad
160.35000 RM 141.3 PL SEPTA South South Road Repeater - Dispatcher Desk 6 FM Railroad
160.39500 M CSQ SEPTA Yard Yard Operations (Powellton & Roberts Ave Yards) FM Railroad
160.29000 RM 141.3 PL SEPTA MOW Maintenece of Way Crews and Power Crews FM Railroad

Police Department
Frequency License Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag
161.29500 BR 114.8 PL APD Philly PD Philadelphia Repeaters FM Railroad
161.29500 BR 107.2 PL APD Race PD Race Street Yard (Phila) Repeater FM Railroad
161.29500 BR 88.5 PL APD Wilm PD Wilmington, DE Repeater FM Railroad
161.29500 BR 156.7 PL APD Paoli PD Paoli Repeater FM Railroad
161.29500 BR 131.8 PL APD Gap PD Gap Repeater FM Railroad
161.29500 BR 100.0 PL APD Lan/Mor PD Lancaster Repeater / Morrisville Repeater FM Railroad
161.29500 BR 88.5 PL APD Hbg PD Harrisburg Repeater FM Railroad
161.20500 M 146.2 PL APD Car-Car PD Car to Car Primary FM Railroad
160.81500 M 146.2 PL APD Car-Car PD Car to Car Secondary FM Railroad
173.37500 BM 203.5 PL APD Train PD On-Board Patrols FM Railroad
160.83000 BR 123.0 PL APD CID Rptr PD CID Philly Repeater FM Railroad
173.37500 BM 146.2 PL APD CID Simp PD CID Simplex FM Railroad

Conrail - Philadelphia/South Jersey Shared Assets Area
Jointly operated subsidiary of CSX and NS. Conrail controls tracks in three terminal areas: North Jersey, South Jersey/Philadelphia, and Detroit, MI.
Frequency Input License Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag
161.07000 BM CR Disp/Yard "South Jersey" Dispatcher; Yard (Midvale, Frankford Jct.) FM Railroad
160.86000 BM CR Yard Yard (Morrisville, Stony Creek, Pavonia(NJ)) FM Railroad
161.49000 BM CR S Philly Yard (South Philly) FM Railroad
161.04000 BM CR Yard Yard (Morrisville, Paulsboro(NJ)) FM Railroad

Have fun!!!!
  by MBTA1052
Do Radio Frequencies have ranges because I have a Radio Scanner that is post to pick up train frequencies but sadly it doesn't but any suggestions on how to figure it out but the other bad part is I live off of a short line named Yadkin Valley but once in a while NS runs on it. But I hear they don't use the radio that much I'm not sure why but I look forward to any help if it can be done Thanks!!! ;)
  by Dick H
I found these frequencies on the web. Perhaps you already have these in your scanner.
These are authorized frequencies. Whether they currenly use them or not is a question.

Yadkin Valley Railroad

In general, radios installed in Locomotives have low power (wattage) output,
which limits their range. They depend on either lineside receivers spaced
along the rail line, or mountaintop receivers and/or repeaters. Some small
railroads may be using a "talk around system", supplied by a cell phone company,
which you would not be able to hear.
  by MBTA1052
Yepp thanks I checked out those frequencies 160.500 and 160.815. I recently did some listening in on the channels and I noticed 160.500 is the road channel for the two lines the line to North Wilkesboro is called Yadkin Valley train 2 the other line I believe is just called the Mount Airy Line. Not sure how often that line is active, but seems like the Wilkesboro line is a busy line this time of year!!!! ;) But thanks for your help!!!
  by fl9m2004
Not sure if this belongs here
But is there any freights through Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Only going up there for 1 day and half
And if there is what frequency do they run
  by train2
to MBTA1052:

For an operation like Yadin Valley about the only time you will hear radio traffic is when the are switching. They are likely to get there track warrent (unless the line is operated as Yard Limits, of which I do not know) either in the office before they depart or on the company supplied cell phone. With shortlines they will have there paperwork for switching when they leave at the start of the run and may not need to talk to a dispatcher often unless things change.

If YV is run by track warrants you may hear some talk as for train operations. But if the shortline has one train on each line segment a day, then talking will be with low powered hand radios when switching.

  by train2
Schuylkill Valley

In your research for radio frequencies have you ran across any for a Lehigh Rail management operation in Steelton, PA? If I was told correctly they also now operated the Steelton and Highspire but todate I can not find any freqs for that operation. I even searched for Arclor Mital and could not find any RR band freqs or any industrial freqs listed for transportation related activities.

  by Jim in S.E. Pa.
Don't know what the original poster has against links, but I sure aint typing this list..
Link: http://www.radioreference.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Everything you ever wanted to know about what freqs are used by what RR's anywhere in the U.S.


  by enginedave
Looking for Pennsylvania Northeast RR frequencies...
  by charlie6017
enginedave wrote:Looking for Pennsylvania Northeast RR frequencies...
I think this website may have what you're looking for!

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  by CPF363
How does NS work in the old Southern Railway territory? It seems 160.950MHz is used along with 160.245MHz with one being Dispatch to Train and the other Train to Dispatch. Do they use any other road channels?