New England Railroad Scanner Frequencies

Railroad Radio Frequencies are an interest of mine. This list covers most of New England and includes Common Carrier, Short Line, Industrial, Transit and Tourist lines. I have compiled a large database of radio frequencies. The information has come from many sources, including personal monitoring, books and railroad timetables, other listeners and the internet. A railroad radio scanner can be an invaluable asset to monitor the day to day activities. The information that you obtain can be very useful when photographing, or even just for train watching. Communication between train crews and between crews and dispatchers, as well as messages from hot box and dragging equipment detectors can be monitored.  i have also typed in the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Radio Frequencies Channels Numbers to help you find the correct Radio Frequencies)

CSX Transporation

160.80000   AAR Channel # 46                          BM CSQ CSXT46 Boston  Boston & Albany Railroad (CSX TRANSPORTION) Road Channel FMN  Railroad 
160.80000   AAR Channel # 46                   BM CSQ CSXT46 Boston  Boston & Albany Railroad (CSX TRANSPORTION) Road Channel FMN  Railroad 
161.07000  AAR Channel #64 BM CSQ CSXT64 Yard Boston & Albany Railroad (CSX TRANSPORTION)  Yards  Channel FMN  Railroad 

Berkshire Subdivsion

MP 92 (Wilbraham, MA) to MP 192 (Post Road, NY)

Frequency  AAR Channel Number Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.56000   AAR#30 BM CSQ CSXT30 Berks NC Dispatcher  FMN  Railroad 
160.80000  AAR#46 BM CSQ CSXT46 Berks Road  FMN  Railroad 
161.07000  AAR#64 BM CSQ CSXT64 Yard Berkshire Subdivison Yards  FMN  Railroad 
160.86000  AAR#50 BM CSQ CSXT50 WS Interm West Springfield Intermodal  FMN  Railroad 
160.71000  AAR#40 RM CSQ CSXT40 MOW Maintenance of Way  FMN  Railroad 
161.14500  AAR#69 M CSQ CSXT69 MOW Maintenance of Way  FMN  Railroad 

Boston Subdivsion

MP 1 (Back Bay Station) to MP 92 (Wilbraham). MP 3 to MP 44 has been transferred to the MBTA (Keolis Commuter Rail) and is referred to as the Worcester Main Line between those mileposts. The former Fitchburg Subdivision has been removed and is considered a running track between QBU 4.3 TO QBU 34.9 (Fitchburg) to QBU 34.9 (Framingham) and under control of the Fitchburg Yardmaster on AAR # 64

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.68000  AAR#38 BM CSQ CSXT38 Bostn NC Dispatcher  FMN  Railroad 
160.80000  AAR#46 BM CSQ CSXT46 Bostn Road  FMN  Railroad 
161.07000  AAR#64 BM CSQ CSXT64 Yard Boston Subdivsion Yards  FMN  Railroad 
160.71000  AAR#40 RM CSQ CSXT40 MOW Maintenance of Way  FMN  Railroad 

Amtrak- The National RAilroad Passenger Corp

Downeaster Boston North Station – Haverhill, MA MBTA 160.3200  
Downeaster Haverhill – Portland, ME Pan Am 161.5200 Train to Dispatcher (EX Guilford)
Downeaster Haverhill – Portland, ME Pan Am 161.1600 Dispatcher to Train (EX Guilford)
Downeaster Portland Station Area Pan Am 160.6200 Ex Maine Central
Downeaster Portland Station Area Pan Am 161.2500 Ex Maine Central
Downeaster Boston North Station – Portland, ME Amtrak 160.5900

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Main Line (Mill River to Springfield)

Mill River to Springfield, MA

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.92000  AAR#54 BM CSQ AMTK54 Sprng Springfield to New Haven  FMN  Railroad 
161.29500  AAR#79 RM 88.5 PL AMTK79 PD Police  FMN  Law Dispatch 

Main Line (New Haven to Boston)

New Haven, CT to Boston, MA

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.92000  AAR #54 BM CSQ AMTK54 Shore South Station to New Haven  FMN  Railroad 
160.74000  ARR#42 BM CSQ AMTK74 Yard Southampton St Station/Yard  FMN  Railroad 
160.45500  AAR #23 BM CSQ AMTK23 Yard Southampton Street Yard  (IN USE 9/12/20) FMN  Railroad 
161.29500   AAR #79 RM 156.7 PL AMTK79 PD Police – Boston  FMN  Law Dispatch 
161.29500   AAR #79 RM 88.5 PL AMTK79 PD Police – Attleboro  FMN  Law Dispatch 
161.32500   AAR #81 BM CSQ AMTK81 MOW Maintenance of Way  FMN  Railroad 

Bay Colony Railroad

The BCLR operates in the Millis, Milford, Needham Corridor

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.30500  AAR#13 RM 131.8 PL BCLR13 Ops Operations  FMN  Railroad 

Cape Cod Central Railroad

Operates summer excursion trains with Massachusetts Coastal Railroad

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.24500  AAR #9 BM   CCCR09 Ops Operations  FMN  Railroad 

Grafton and Upton Railroad

Operates between Grafton and Milford

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.24500  AAR #9 BM   GU09 Road Road  FMN  Railroad 
160.29000  AAR#12 BM   GU12 Yard Yard  FMN  Railroad 
161.44500  AAR#89 BM   GU89 MOW Maintenance of Way  FMN  Railroad 
Housatonic Railroad

Housatonic Railroad

Operations

Operates mostly in Connecticut, but has trackage in the Pittsfield, Lee and Great Barrington area

Frequency  AAR Channel #  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.39500  AAR#19 BM CSQ HRRC19 Road Road  FMN  Railroad 
161.50500  AAR#93 BM CSQ HRRC93 Yard Yard  FMN  Railroad 

Masschusetts Central Railroad

Operates between Palmer and South Barre

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.42500  AAR#21 M CSQ NCER21 Ops Operations  FMN  Railroad 
160.47000  AAR#24 BM CSQ MCER24 Ops Operations  FMN  Railroad 
160.57500  AAR#31 BM CSQ MCER31 Ops Operations  FMN  Railroad 

Massachusetts Coastal Railroad

Fall River Subdivision

MP 0 (CP Swamp) to MP 12 (Fall River). This is the former CSXT Fall River Subdivision

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.42500  AAR#21 BM CSQ MC21 Fall Ri Road  FMN  Railroad 

Framingham Subdivision

MP 0 (Mansfield) to MP 21 (Framingham). This is the former CSXT Framingham Subdivision.

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.42500  AAR#21 BM CSQ MC21 Framing Road  FMN  Railroad 

Middleboro Subdivision

MP 0 (Amtrak Connection) to MP 21 (Taunton/MBTA). This is the former CSXT Middleboro Subdivision

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.42500  AAR#21 BM CSQ MC21 Middleb Road  FMN  Railroad 

New Bedford Subdivision

MP 13 (Weir) to MP 31 (New Bedford). This is the former CSXT New Bedford Subdivision

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.42500  AAR#21 BM CSQ MC21 NewBedf Road  FMN  Railroad 

Operations

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.24500  AAR#9 BM   MC09 Ops Operations  FMN  Railroad 
160.56000  AAR#30 BM   MC30 Ops Operations  FMN  Railroad 
161.38500  AAR#85 BM   MC85 Ops Operations  FMN  Railroad 
161.55000  AAR#96 BM   MC96 Ops Operations  FMN  Railroad 

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority – (MBTA)

Fairmount Line

South Station to Readville

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.49000  AAR#92 M CSQ MBTA90 Fairm Road  FMN  Railroad 

Fitchburg Line

North Station to Fitchburg

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.59000  AAR#32 BM CSQ MBTA32 Fitch Road  FMN  Railroad 

Framingham/Worcester Line

South Station to Worcester

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.41000  AAR#20 BM CSQ MBTA20 Framg Road  FMN  Railroad 

Franklin Line

South Station to Franklin

Frequency Unknowen at trhis time

 

Greenbush Line

South Station to Greenbush

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.72500  AAR#41 BM CSQ MBTA92 Green Road  FMN  Railroad 

Haverhill Line

North Station to Haverhill

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.32000  AAR#14 BM CSQ MBTA14 Haver Road  FMN  Railroad 

Kingston/Plymouth Line

South Station to Kingston

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.72500  AAR#41 BM CSQ MBTA92 Kings Road  FMN  Railroad 

Lowell Line

North Station to Lowell

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.59000  AAR#32 BM CSQ MBTA32 Lowel Road  FMN  Railroad 

Middleborough/Lakeville Line

South Station to Lakeville

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.72500  AAR#41 BM CSQ MTBA41 Middl Road  FMN  Railroad 

 

Needham Line
South Station to Needham (Unknowen Frequency at this time?)

Newburyport/Rockport Line

  • North Station to Rockport ,Ma -Road Channel 160.320 (Confirmed use on 9/6/2020 by trip to Rockport Ma on MBTA)

Providence/Stoughton Line

South Station to Providence

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.92000  AAR#54 BM CSQ MBTA54 Provi Road  FMN  Railroad 
160.87500  AAR#51 M CSQ MBTA51 Yard Pawtucket Yard  FMN  Railroad 

Rail Operations

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.46000    BM CSQ MBTA90 Trble Mechincal Trouble Desk  FMN  Railroad 
160.81500    BM CSQ MBTA47 Yard Southampton Street Yard  FMN  Railroad 
160.87500    BM CSQ MBTA51 EnTem Boston Engine Terminal  FMN  Railroad 
160.69500    BM CSQ MBTA39 MOW Engineering  FMN  Railroad 
161.56500    BM CSQ MBTA97 MOW Engineering  FMN  Railroad 

MBTA Police

  • 483.5625      MBTA (subway)Police
  • 470.6625      MBTA (subway)Police

 MBTA Police are listed under Suffolk County Areawide section of the Suffolk County page.


Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority    
 
EDACS Standard  – Subway & Bus operations have moved to this system

New England Central Railroad

Palmer Subdivision

New London, CT to Windsor, VT

Frequency  AAR Channel #  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.77000    BM CSQ NECR44 Disp Dispatcher  FMN  Railroad 
160.93500    BM CSQ NECR55 Yard Yard Local  FMN  Railroad 
161.20500    BM CSQ NECR73 Yard Yard Local  FMN  Railroad 
161.41500    BM CSQ NECR87 Road Road  FMN  Railroad 

Pan Am Railways (former Boston & Maine)

Conn River Main Line

MP 0 (CSXT CP98/Springfield) to MP 49 (Deerfield)

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.52000    M CSQ PanAmTrainToDisp Train to Dispatcher  FMN  Railroad 
161.16000    B CSQ PanAmDispToTrain Dispatcher to Train  FMN  Railroad 

Freight Main Line

MP 274 (Massachusetts State Line) to MP 429 (Vermont State Line). District 2 dispatcher between MP 274 and 312, District 3 dispatcher between MP 312 and 429

Frequency  AAR Channel #  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.52000    M CSQ PanAmTrainToDisp Train to Dispatcher  FMN  Railroad 
161.16000    B CSQ PanAmDispToTrain Dispatcher to Train  FMN  Railroad 

Northern Main Line

MP 0 to MP 7 (New Hampshire State Line)

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.52000    M CSQ PanAmTrainToDisp Train to Dispatcher  FMN  Railroad 
161.16000    B CSQ PanAmDispToTrain Dispatcher to Train  FMN  Railroad 

Western Main Line

MP 18 to MP 20

Frequency  AAR Channel #  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.52000    M CSQ PanAmTrainToDisp Train to Dispatcher  FMN  Railroad 
161.16000    B CSQ PanAmDispToTrain Dispatcher to Train  FMN  Railroad 

Worcester Main Line

MP 2 to MP 25

Frequency  AAR Channel #  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.52000    M CSQ PanAmTrainToDisp Train to Dispatcher  FMN  Railroad 
161.16000    B CSQ PanAmDispToTrain Dispatcher to Train  FMN  Railroad 

East Deerfield Yard

Frequency  AAR Channel #  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.23000    BM CSQ PAR08 Car Car Shop  FMN  Railroad 
161.31000    BM CSQ PAR80 Diesel Diesel Shop  FMN  Railroad 
161.40000    BM CSQ PAR86 Yard  FMN  Railroad 

 Pioneer Valley Railroad- Westfield Massachusetts

Easthampton Branch

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.08500    BM CSQ PVRR65 EastH Road  FMN  Railroad 

Holyoke Branch

Frequency  AAR Channel #  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.33500    BM   PVRR15 Holyo Road  FMN  Railroad 

Providence and Worcester Railroad

Frequency  AAR Channel # Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.65000    BM CSQ PW36 Road Road  FMN  Railroad 
161.10000    BM CSQ PW66 Yard Yard  FMN  Railroad 
161.32500    RM   PW81 Yard Yard  FMN  Railroad 
160.75500    RM   PW43 MOW Maintenance of Way  FMN  Railroad 
160.89000    RM   PW52 Signal Signal Department  FMN  Railroad 

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