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Amtrak

Track an Amtrak Train

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
161.2950 R 156.7 Police Boston MA 2012.12.21 ecps92
161.2950 R 88.5 Police Attleboro MA 2012.06.02 ecps92
161.2950 R 88.5 Police Springfield MA
160.6350 S Station Services Boston MA 2012.05.11
160.9200 S 103.5 Ch.02 Road Northeast Corridor 2013.11.20 N1BHH
160.9200 S 146.2 Ch.02 Road Providence RI 2013.12.22 ecps92
160.9200 S CSQ Fault Detectors 2013.12.02 ecps92
160.5150 R CSQ Ch.03 Maint of Way Boston MA 2012.12.21 ecps92
160.4550 R CSQ Boston South Yard Boston MA 2013.11.23 N1BHH
160.7400 R CSQ Boston South Yard Boston MA 2013.11.23 ecps92
160.8150 R CSQ Boston South Yard Boston MA 2014.01.15 N1BHH
160.5900 S 77.0 Downeaster
North Station to Wilmington Junction
2014.02.21 N1BHH
161.1600 D CSQ Pan-Am District 2 Road Base Downeaster
Lowell Junction to Portland Maine (Base side - paired w/161.5200)
2013.03.21
161.5200 D CSQ Pan-Am District 2 Road Trains Downeaster
Lowell Junction to Portland Maine (Train side - paired w/161.1600)
2013.03.21

Bay Colony Railroad Co, Braintree MA

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
Need Info -

Berkshire Scenic Railroad, Lenox, MA

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
161.4000 S Operations
161.5050 S Shared with Housatonic Rail
160.3950 S Shared with Housatonic Rail

Central New England Railroad

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
Need Info -


CSX Transportation

  • The road channel is the primary frequency, all trains/tracks monitor this channel. Defect detectors are on the Road channel as well. To call the dispatcher, crews select the Dispatcher channel for the area they are in, 'Ring up' the dispatcher using DTMF codes, and await a reply on the dispatcher channel, and they will converse there.
Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
160.5600 S CSQ NB Dispatcher 30 West of Wilbraham 2014.01.25 schwab
160.6800 S CSQ *NB Dispatcher 38 East of Wilbraham (*NA dispatch desk eliminated) 2014.01.25 schwab
160.8000 S CSQ Boston Line Road Channel 46 Defect Detectors 2013.01.23 schwab
161.0700 S Yard Operations Channel 64 Boston, Framingham, Worcester, W.Springfield
161.1300 Maint of Way 68 -

East Brookfield and Spencer Railroad, East Brookfield MA

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
Need Info -

Fore River Transportation Corp, Quincy MA

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
161.3400 S 162.2 Operations 2013.02.20 N1BHH
161.0100 S Hearing activity, unknown tone 2013.02.20 N1BHH

Grafton and Upton Railroad, Marlborough MA

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
160.2450 S CSQ Operations 2013.12.20 Disp612
160.1475 S New

Housatonic Railroad, Canaan, CT

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
160.3950 S Road Channel Used in both MA and CT
161.5050 S Road Channel Used in both CT and MA

MBCR Mass Bay Commuter Rail

MBCR is contracted with the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority to operate and maintain the MBTA's Commuter Rail System

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
160.3200 S 77.0 Dispatcher 14 Haverhill Line* (Between Somerville and Wilmington Jct.)/Newburyport & Rockport Line ("Boston East") 2013.11.09 schwab
160.3200 S CSQ Trains 14 Haverhill Line* (Between Somerville and Wilmington Jct.)/Newburyport & Rockport Line ("Boston East") 2013.11.09 schwab
160.5900 S 77.0 Dispatcher 32 Lowell Line/Fitchbug Line (from Somerville-Willows Rd., Ayer) ("Boston West") 2013.11.09 schwab
160.5900 S CSQ Trains 32 Lowell Line/Fitchbug Line (from Somerville-Willows Rd., Ayer) ("Boston West") 2013.11.09 schwab
160.6950 R 100.0 Maint of Way 39 2014.01.03 schwab
160.4100 S 77.0 Road Channel 20 Worcester Line (77.0 Hz on base only) 2014.03.09 schwab
160.8750 S D025 Yard Channel 51 North Side (some radios CSQ) 2014.03.09 schwab
160.9200 S 103.5 Road Channel 54 Franklin/Needham/Attleboro/Providence Line (Shared with Amtrak's NE Corridor Road Channel) 2012.08.03
161.0700 S CSQ Yard Channel 64 South Side & CSX Boston 2014.03.09 schwab
161.4900 S 77.0 Dispatcher 92 Old Colony/Middleboro/Kingston/Plymouth Line and Greenbush Line 2013.04.24 ecps92
161.4900 S CSQ Trains 92 Old Colony/Middleboro/Kingston/Plymouth Line and Greenbush Line 2013.04.24 ecps92

The Haverhill Line is controlled by the MBCR "Valley" Dispatcher on 160.3200 from 0700-2300, M-F. All other times controlled by Boston East.

Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority

The MBTA is in the process of building a new radio system. The system is being built by MA/Comm and reportedly will be an EDACS system with Pro Voice Digital Modulation. There have also been rumors that the system will be EDACS with analog voice. All MBTA operations, but not commuter rail, including police will be moved to the new system. It is expected that some UHF capability will be left in the tunnels for use by other public safety agencies.

MBTA Police

Frequency Type Tone Function Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
470.6625 R 131.8 Police Ch.01 Primary 2013.10.29
483.5625 R 131.8 Police Ch.02 2013.10.29

Subway System

  • All transit ops moved to trunk system, UHF system deactivated.
Frequency Type Tone Function Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
470.4125 R 162.2 Red Line
470.6125 R 162.2 Orange Line
470.6375 R 162.2 Green Line
470.6875 R 162.2 Blue Line
472.6375 R  ? Silver Line

Bus System

  • All bus operations has been moved to the trunk, frequencies no longer in use
Frequency Type Tone Function Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
472.5875 R 162.2 North North Ops 1
472.6375 R 162.2 North North Ops 2
472.6875 R 162.2 South South Ops
470.6875 R 162.2 Blue Line
472.6375 R  ? Silver Line

Inspectors

  • All Inspectors are on the trunk, frequencies below no longer in use
Frequency Type Tone Function Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
31.1400 R 162.2 Inspectors Patched to 472.7375
472.7375 R  ? Inspectors Patched to 31.1400

Massachusetts Coastal Railroad, Wareham, MA

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
160.2450 R ? 09 Hyannis Repeater
160.4250 R 71.9 Dispatch 21 Hyannis Repeater 2012.09.09 jeffkett
160.5600 R ? Maintenance 30 Hyannis Repeater 2012.09.09 jeffkett
161.3850 S 71.9 "Related" to 160.4250 85 Train to Dispatch 2012.09.18 jeffkett
161.5500 S 96

Mass Central Railroad, Palmer, MA

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
160.4700 S Road Channel

New England Central Railroad and Connecticut Southern Railroad

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
161.4150 S Ch-1 switching and road secondary CT & MA
160.7700 S CSQ Road primary St Albans Dispatcher 2013.11.10
160.9350 S Yard Channel
161.2050 S Former dispatcher channel CT & MA
161.1750 S Yard Channel CT Southern

Pan Am Railways (Guilford Rail System)

Pan Am Railways owns and operates the Springfield Terminal Railway Corp., Boston & Maine Railroad Corp. and the Maine Central Railroad Corp. It owns and operates trackage in CT, MA, ME, NH, NY & VT. Dispatch Office is in North Billerica, MA.

161.1600 Dispatch Channel (Base)(Districts 2,3,4)

161.1600 Talking Defect Detectors (Andover, Chelmsford, Shirley, Gardner, Wendell, Charlemont/Zoar, North Adams)

161.5200 Train to Dispatch Channel (Mobile)

161.4000 S Ch.02 Yards/switching

161.2500 S Ch.07 'Maine Central' yard channel (limited use in MA).

161.3700 MOW (Maintenance) Channel (rarely used)

161.2350 R RR Police (inactive)

161.3100 S East Deerfield diesel shop

160.2300 S East Deerfield car shop

Pioneer Valley Railroad, Westfield MA

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
Need Info -

Providence & Worcester Railroad, Worcester, MA

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
160.6500 S Road Channel Used in CT, MA and RI 2012.09.11
160.7550 S
160.8900 S
161.1000 S Yard Channel Used in CT, MA and RI 2012.09.01

Railway Productions aka Edaville RailRoad

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
153.0125 R 71.9 Operations N/A Edvaville RR Ops 2011.11


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