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 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                         BMCSQCSXT46 Boston Boston & Albany Railroad (CSX TRANSPORTION) Road ChannelFMN Railroad 
161.07000 AAR Channel #64BMCSQCSXT64 YardBoston & Albany Railroad (CSX TRANSPORTION)  Yards  ChannelFMN Railroad 

Berkshire Subdivision

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

Frequency AAR Channel NumberType Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag 
160.56000  AAR#30BMCSQCSXT30 BerksNC Dispatcher FMN Railroad 
160.80000 AAR#46BMCSQCSXT46 BerksRoad FMN Railroad 
161.07000 AAR#64BMCSQCSXT64 YardBerkshire Subdivison Yards FMN Railroad 
160.86000 AAR#50BMCSQCSXT50 WS IntermWest Springfield Intermodal FMN Railroad 
160.71000 AAR#40RMCSQCSXT40 MOWMaintenance of Way FMN Railroad 
161.14500 AAR#69MCSQCSXT69 MOWMaintenance of Way FMN Railroad 

Boston Subdivision

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#38BMCSQCSXT38 BostnNC Dispatcher FMN Railroad 
160.80000 AAR#46BMCSQCSXT46 BostnRoad FMN Railroad 
161.07000 AAR#64BMCSQCSXT64 YardBoston Subdivsion Yards FMN Railroad 
160.71000 AAR#40RMCSQCSXT40 MOWMaintenance of Way FMN Railroad 

Amtrak- The National Railroad Passenger Corp

DowneasterBoston North Station – Haverhill, MAMBTA160.3200 
DowneasterHaverhill – Portland, MEPan Am161.5200Train to Dispatcher (EX Guilford)
DowneasterHaverhill – Portland, MEPan Am161.1600Dispatcher to Train (EX Guilford)
DowneasterPortland Station AreaPan Am160.6200Ex Maine Central
DowneasterPortland Station AreaPan Am161.2500Ex Maine Central
DowneasterBoston North Station – Portland, MEAmtrak160.5900

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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#54BMCSQAMTK54 SprngSpringfield to New Haven FMN Railroad 
161.29500 AAR#79RM88.5 PLAMTK79 PDPolice 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 #54BMCSQAMTK54 ShoreSouth Station to New Haven FMN Railroad 
160.74000 ARR#42BMCSQAMTK74 YardSouthampton St Station/Yard FMN Railroad 
160.45500 AAR #23BMCSQAMTK23 YardSouthampton Street Yard  (IN USE 9/12/20)FMN Railroad 
161.29500  AAR #79RM156.7 PLAMTK79 PDPolice – Boston FMN Law Dispatch 
161.29500  AAR #79RM88.5 PLAMTK79 PDPolice – Attleboro FMN Law Dispatch 
161.32500  AAR #81BMCSQAMTK81 MOWMaintenance 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#13RM131.8 PLBCLR13 OpsOperations 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 #9BM CCCR09 OpsOperations FMN Railroad 

Grafton and Upton Railroad

Operates between Grafton and Milford

Frequency AAR Channel #Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag 
160.24500 AAR #9BM GU09 RoadRoad FMN Railroad 
160.29000 AAR#12BM GU12 YardYard FMN Railroad 
161.44500 AAR#89BM GU89 MOWMaintenance 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#19BMCSQHRRC19 RoadRoad FMN Railroad 
161.50500 AAR#93BMCSQHRRC93 YardYard FMN Railroad 

Masschusetts Central Railroad

Operates between Palmer and South Barre

Frequency AAR Channel #Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag 
160.42500 AAR#21MCSQNCER21 OpsOperations FMN Railroad 
160.47000 AAR#24BMCSQMCER24 OpsOperations FMN Railroad 
160.57500 AAR#31BMCSQMCER31 OpsOperations 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#21BMCSQMC21 Fall RiRoad 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#21BMCSQMC21 FramingRoad 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#21BMCSQMC21 MiddlebRoad 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#21BMCSQMC21 NewBedfRoad FMN Railroad 

Operations

Frequency AAR Channel #Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag 
160.24500 AAR#9BM MC09 OpsOperations FMN Railroad 
160.56000 AAR#30BM MC30 OpsOperations FMN Railroad 
161.38500  AAR#85BM MC85 OpsOperations FMN Railroad 
161.55000  AAR#96BM MC96 OpsOperations 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#92MCSQMBTA90 FairmRoad FMN Railroad 

Fitchburg Line

North Station to Fitchburg

Frequency AAR Channel #Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag 
160.59000 AAR#32BMCSQMBTA32 FitchRoad FMN Railroad 

Framingham/Worcester Line

South Station to Worcester

Frequency AAR Channel #Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag 
160.41000 AAR#20BMCSQMBTA20 FramgRoad 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#41BMCSQMBTA92 GreenRoad FMN Railroad 

Haverhill Line

North Station to Haverhill

Frequency AAR Channel #Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag 
160.32000 AAR#14BMCSQMBTA14 HaverRoad FMN Railroad 

Kingston/Plymouth Line

South Station to Kingston

Frequency AAR Channel #Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag 
160.72500 AAR#41BMCSQMBTA92 KingsRoad FMN Railroad 

Lowell Line

North Station to Lowell

Frequency AAR Channel #Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag 
160.59000 AAR#32BMCSQMBTA32 LowelRoad FMN Railroad 

Middleborough/Lakeville Line

South Station to Lakeville

Frequency AAR Channel #Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag 
160.72500 AAR#41BMCSQMTBA41 MiddlRoad 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#54BMCSQMBTA54 ProviRoad FMN Railroad 
160.87500 AAR#51MCSQMBTA51 YardPawtucket Yard FMN Railroad 

Rail Operations

Frequency AAR Channel #Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag 
161.46000  BMCSQMBTA90 TrbleMechincal Trouble Desk FMN Railroad 
160.81500  BMCSQMBTA47 YardSouthampton Street Yard FMN Railroad 
160.87500  BMCSQMBTA51 EnTemBoston Engine Terminal FMN Railroad 
160.69500  BMCSQMBTA39 MOWEngineering FMN Railroad 
161.56500  BMCSQMBTA97 MOWEngineering 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  BMCSQNECR44 DispDispatcher FMN Railroad 
160.93500  BMCSQNECR55 YardYard Local FMN Railroad 
161.20500  BMCSQNECR73 YardYard Local FMN Railroad 
161.41500  BMCSQNECR87 RoadRoad 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  MCSQPanAmTrainToDispTrain to Dispatcher FMN Railroad 
161.16000  BCSQPanAmDispToTrainDispatcher 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  MCSQPanAmTrainToDispTrain to Dispatcher FMN Railroad 
161.16000  BCSQPanAmDispToTrainDispatcher 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  MCSQPanAmTrainToDispTrain to Dispatcher FMN Railroad 
161.16000  BCSQPanAmDispToTrainDispatcher to Train FMN Railroad 

Western Main Line

MP 18 to MP 20

Frequency AAR Channel # Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag 
161.52000  MCSQPanAmTrainToDispTrain to Dispatcher FMN Railroad 
161.16000  BCSQPanAmDispToTrainDispatcher to Train FMN Railroad 

Worcester Main Line

MP 2 to MP 25

Frequency AAR Channel # Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag 
161.52000  MCSQPanAmTrainToDispTrain to Dispatcher FMN Railroad 
161.16000  BCSQPanAmDispToTrainDispatcher to Train FMN Railroad 

East Deerfield Yard

Frequency AAR Channel # Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag 
160.23000  BMCSQPAR08 CarCar Shop FMN Railroad 
161.31000  BMCSQPAR80 DieselDiesel Shop FMN Railroad 
161.40000  BMCSQPAR86Yard FMN Railroad 

 Pioneer Valley Railroad- Westfield Massachusetts

Easthampton Branch

Frequency AAR Channel #Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag 
161.08500  BMCSQPVRR65 EastHRoad FMN Railroad 

Holyoke Branch

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

Providence and Worcester Railroad

Frequency AAR Channel #Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag 
160.65000  BMCSQPW36 RoadRoad FMN Railroad 
161.10000  BMCSQPW66 YardYard FMN Railroad 
161.32500  RM PW81 YardYard FMN Railroad 
160.75500  RM PW43 MOWMaintenance of Way FMN Railroad 
160.89000  RM PW52 SignalSignal Department FMN Railroad 

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