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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 2015.01.26 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 54 Northeast Corridor 2014.05.20 N1BHH
160.9200 S 146.2 Ch.02 Road 54 Providence RI 2014.07.02 ecps92
160.9200 S CSQ Fault Detectors 54 2013.12.02 ecps92
160.5150 R CSQ Ch.03 Maint of Way Boston MA 2012.12.21 ecps92
160.5150 R ? Ch.03 Maint of Way Attleboro MA
160.4550 R CSQ Boston South Yard Boston MA 2014.06.08 ecps92
160.7400 R CSQ Boston South Yard Boston MA 2014.06.08 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 9470 Downeaster
Lowell Junction to Portland Maine (Base side - paired w/161.5200)
2014.05.20
161.5200 D CSQ Pan-Am District 2 Road Trains 7094 Downeaster
Lowell Junction to Portland Maine (Train side - paired w/161.1600)
2013.03.21

Bay Colony Railroad Co, Braintree MA

  • Bay Colony operates two rail lines in Southeastern Massachusetts, one in Millis and the other in North Dartmouth.
Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
160.3050 R Bourne
160.4850 S
160.8000 S
161.2650 S Yard Ops 77 -
161.3550 S

Berkshire Scenic Railroad, North Adams, MA

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
161.4000 S CSQ Operations 086 Also Pan Am Ch.02 2016.06.25 schwab & friends

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 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 030 West of Wilbraham 2014.01.25 schwab
160.6800 S CSQ *NB Dispatcher 038 East of Wilbraham (*NA dispatch desk eliminated) 2014.01.25 schwab
160.8000 S CSQ Boston Line Road Channel 046 Defect Detectors 2013.01.23 schwab
160.4250 S CSQ Framingham Sub road channel (Mass Coastal dispatch) 020 2016.05.02
161.0700 S CSQ Yard Operations Channel 064 Boston, Framingham, Worcester, W.Springfield
160.9800 S CSQ Yard Operations Channel 058 2016.05.02 AFD94
161.1300 Maint of Way 68 -

East Brookfield and Spencer Railroad, East Brookfield MA

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
152.3000 S -
152.4650 S -
153.0500 S -
173.2250 S -

Fore River Transportation Corp, Quincy MA

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
161.3400 S 162.2 Operations 2016.03.21 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

Keolis Commuter Services

Keolis is contracted with the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority to operate and maintain the MBTA's Commuter Rail System
Radio frequencies are licensed to Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority Some remote bases will transmit a CTCSS tone to eliminate audio feedback in dispatching facilities, however all dispatcher/road channels operate in carrier squelch mode.

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
160.3200 S CSQ Road channel 014 Boston East/Valley dispatchers (Northside) 2015.12.19 RadioManRick
160.5900 S CSQ Road channel 032 Boston West dispatcher (Northside) 2015.12.19 RadioManRick
160.6950 R 100.0 Cobble Hill 039 Engineering/Trouble Desk/Snow Desk 2015.12.19 RadioManRick
160.6950 S CSQ MoW 039 Ch.06 Truck-to-Truck 2015.12.19 RadioManRick
160.4100 S CSQ Road Channel 020 Worcester Line 2015.12.19 RadioManRick
160.8750 S D025 Yard Channel 051 North Side (some radios CSQ) 2015.12.19 RadioManRick
160.9200 S CSQ Road Channel 054 Franklin/Needham/Providence Line (Shared with Amtrak's NE Corridor Road Channel) 2015.12.19
161.4600 S CSQ Mechanical Help Desk 090 Multiple transmitter locations 2015.12.19 RadioManRick
161.4900 S CSQ Road channel 092 Fairmount Line/Dorchester Branch 2015.12.19 RadioManRick
160.4700 S CSQ Utility channel 024 Misc. use system wide 2015.12.19 RadioManRick
160.2150 S CSQ Yard channel 007 Readville 2015.12.19 RadioManRick
160.8150 S CSQ Mechanical Dept. 047 2015.12.19 RadioManRick
161.2650 S D261 Communication & Signal dept 077 Signal testing 2015.12.19 RadioManRick
161.2650 S D411 Communication & Signal dept 077 Signal testing 2016.07.21 mmrubino
161.2800 S CSQ Communications Dept. 078 2015.12.19 RadioManRick
161.4750 R 100.0 Facilities 091 Boston Engine Terminal 2015.12.19 RadioManRick
161.4750 R NXDN Facilities 091 Boston Engine Terminal 2016.02.01 WB1HBU
161.4750 S 131.8 Facilities 091 Wydett Circle Service & Inspection Facility 2016.02.04 KB1KVD
161.4150 S CSQ Road channel 087 Northside Terminal 2015.12.19 RadioManRick
160.7250 S CSQ Road channel 041 Old Colony dispatcher 2015.12.19 RadioManRick

Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority

MBTA Police

Frequency Type Tone Function Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
470.6625 R 131.8 Police Ch.01 Primary 2016.02.08 N1BHH
483.5625 R 131.8 Police Ch.02 2015.01.06 N1BHH

800 MHz EDACS Trunk System

  • Three simulcast sites (Lynn, Needham, Quincy)
  • All bus, subway, and inspector operations are on the trunk system.
  • Licensed under WPMI460
  • All frequencies/talkgroups use ProVoice digital modulation
LCN Frequency Confirmation/ReConfirmations
01 851.1750
02 851.2250
03 851.4250
04 851.4750
05 851.9375
06 851.9875
07 852.1750
08 852.2500
09 853.6625
10 853.7250
11 853.9000
12 851.0625
13 851.4500
14 851.9625
15 853.9250

Bus Talkgroups

TGID Function Confirmation/ReConfirmations
528 Bus Annoucement (ATG)
529 Bus South 1
530 Bus South 2
531 Bus North 1
532 Bus North 2
533 Bus Central (Boston)
534 Diversion Shuttles
535 Bus Inspectors South
536 Bus Inspectors North
537 Bus Silver Line Inspectors
545 Bus Maintenance South
546 Bus Maintenance North

Subway Talkgroups

TGID Function Confirmation/ReConfirmations
273 Red Line Road Channel
280 Red Line Cabot Yard
289 Orange Line Road Channel
296 Orange Line Wellington Yard
305 Green Line Road Channel
306 Green Line "D" branch
312 Green Line Riverside Carhouse
315 Green Line Riverside Carhouse
321 Blue Line Road Channel

Police Talkgroups

TGID Function Confirmation/ReConfirmations
785 Transit PD Ch 1 (Inactive, TPD remains on UHF)
789 BAPERN Areawide 3 patch
790 BAPERN Central patch

Massachusetts Coastal Railroad, Wareham, MA

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
160.2450 S 71.9 Depot Ops 09 Depot Operations 2015.09.10 jeffkett
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 (defect detectors) 8787 CT & MA
160.7700 S CSQ Road primary 4444 St Albans Dispatcher 2013.11.10
160.9350 S Yard Channel 5555
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.

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
161.1600 D Dispatch to Train Districts 2 and 3 2016.04.01 schwab
161.5200 D Train to Dispatch 2016.04.01 schwab
161.1600 S Talking Defect Detectors See Notes 2016.04.01
161.4000 S CSQ Ch.02 Yard/Switch Ops 86 - 2016.02.10 ecps92
161.4000 R 203.5 Ayer Repeater 86 Portable radios only 2016.04.01 wltrsf
161.2500 S Ch.07 Maine Central Yard Channel Limited use in Mass. (usually Lawrence area) 2016.04.01
161.3700 S CSQ Maintenance of Way 84 Reported as Rarely used
161.3100 S Diesel Shop 80 East Deerfield 2014.02.22 schwab
160.2300 S Car Shop 08 East Deerfield 2014.09.22
  • Talking Defect Detectors (Andover, Chelmsford, Shirley, Gardner, Wendell, Charlemont/Zoar, North Adams)

Pioneer Valley Railroad, Westfield MA

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
161.0850 S CSQ Ch.01 65 - 2014.09.12 schwab
160.3350 S CSQ Ch.02 15 - 2014.09.12 schwab

Providence & Worcester Railroad, Worcester, MA

Frequency Type Tone Function AAR Chan Notes Confirmation/ReConfirmations
160.6500 S CSQ F1 Dispatcher 36 Used in CT, MA and RI 2015.06.08
161.1000 S CSQ F2 Yard Channel 66 Used in CT, MA and RI 2015.06.08
160.8900 S CSQ F3 Worcester Freight Office 52 2015.06.08
161.3250 S CSQ F5 Spare Yard Channel 81 2015.06.08

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