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161.235 Strasburg Railroad, Steam Passenger line, freight & #10. 160.635 Amtrak Keystone Service + Norfolk Southern locals using AKS rail + SRC freight PU/D + 160.800 Reading/Harrisburg Main.

Status: looking for time to rest everything. when the feeds went down I thought it was me. it wasn't. just working on the old dell precision, caused it to "blowout" I have others, but, time is minimal. I'll get there. thankx. looking for SRR, there is another fe
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Feed Notes

Lancaster County Rail online "feed" scanner frequencies

*Actually "online" 11/18/2013 --- If NO "*", these frequencies are, generally, "locked-out".

If known "Special Event"(Eg: Thomas the Tank Engine is running on the SRR, "Special" train, emergency, etc.), more frequencies may be "locked-out", or others un-locked or added, to concentrate LCR on the event.

YOU are welcome to suggest "events"/frequencies/corrections! I am, too often, not listening - sigh...

Note: During certain weather/solar/seasonal events, "other" railroads, sometimes from great distances, may appear on any frequency. Even "local" frequency reception can "change" - Eg: When I started this, Reading, Blue Mountain and Northern came in STRONG. Lately --- nothing heard(We'll leave it in there - for now...). Conversations can, often, seem "one-sided". One radio may be a high-power base, with it's antenna on a mountain, or a medium-power mobile, while others are low-power handhelds, for instance. Sometimes, one seems to "hear it all", when we know, due to distances involved, we shouldn't hear it all. These are, primarily, radios operating through "repeaters", "up high", receiving and re-broadcasting, at high power, all radios on the system.

Please let us know what you hear - AND what you don't hear!


Amtrak Keystone Service - Philadelphia-Harrisburg

*160.635 - Road 1(Formerly in our area "Cork Tower"), Lancaster
*160.515 - MOW, Catenary/Power
161.295(160.365) - Police Disp.
161.205(PL 146.2) - Police car-car #1
160.815(PL 146.2) - Police car-car #2
160.830(123.0) - Police CID


*160.935 - East Penn (Can YOU verify if frequency is being used and/or "heard" on LCR?)

East Penn Railroad operates the following railroad lines(Copied from a source I forget? Thankyou!):

Lancaster NorthernEphrata, Pennsylvania northeast to interchange with NS in Reading, Pennsylvania, using trackage rights on NS between Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania and Reading.

ManheimManheim, Pennsylvania area, interchanging with NS.

Octoraro – (the former Octoraro Branch) From end-of-track in Sylmar, Pennsylvania east to Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania where they connect to the Wilmington & Northern line. SEPTA still owns the passenger rights on the Octoraro Line.

Wilmington & Northern – From interchange with CSX Transportation in Elsmere Junction, Delaware north to interchange with NS in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Also the Octoraro Line connects with the Wilmington & Northern line in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.

York Industrial Track - Operates trackage from interchange with NS in York, Pennsylvania to Stony Brook, Pennsylvania.

 Gettysburg & Northern Railroad Co.

*160.800(Primarily for NS)

*161.235(Primarily for Strasburg Railroad)


Landisville Railroad & Transfer Co.



Maryland Midland Railway



Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad



Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad

*161.505 (Can YOU verify if being used - or any other frequencies being used?)


National Railway Historical Society

*160.440 Can YOU verify if ever used in(Possibly near) Lancaster County, Pa.?)

*160.470 Can YOU verify if ever used in(Possibly near) Lancaster County, Pa.?)


New Hope And Ivyland Railroad



Norfolk Southern Railway (operates most former Conrail routes in PA)

BUFL - Buffalo Line; HARL - Harrisburg Line; LEHL - Lehigh Line; REAL - Reading Line; SOUL - Southern Tier Line; LURB - Lurgan Branch; PORB - Port Road Branch. Secondary lines usually use the same radio channel as the main line segment to which they connect. The four main road channels also alternate as yard channels for the smaller yards.

Harrisburg Division

*160.800 - NS Rd 1 - Road 1/Disp. - Lehigh Line, Harrisburg - Reading(Also: Gettysburg & Northern)

*161.070 - NS Road 2/Disp.

Reading Line(Lehigh Line, Harrisburg - Reading) Disp.
Port Road Branch Disp.(entire)
Columbia Secondary Disp.(entire)
Lititz Secondary Disp.(entire)
New Holland Secondary Dispatcher(entire)

Also: Reading, Blue Mountain and Northern, Road Dispatcher, Lehigh Division

*160.860 - NS Road 3/Dispatcher
Harrisburg Line (Harrisburg East Dispatcher)(partial)
Reading Line (Harrisburg East Dispatcher)(partial)
Pottsville Branch (Harrisburg East Dispatcher)(entire)
Abrams Yard YM (King of Prussia, PA)
Edgemoor Yard YM (Edgemoor, DE)
Chrysler Yard (Newark, DE)

*160.980 - NS Road/Dispatcher
Buffalo Line (Harrisburg Terminal Dispatcher)(partial)
Harrisburg Line (Harrisburg Terminal Dispatcher)(partial)
Pittsburgh Line (Harrisburg Terminal Dispatcher)(partial)
(Former)Dillerville Yard YM (lancaster, PA)
Spring Street Yard YM (Reading, PA)

161.445 - NS Enola Yard Master, Primary

160.305 - Enola Yard Diesel Shop

*160.410 - (New 2013)Lewis Yard YM, Lancaster / Also: Harrisburg Yard Master, Primary

160.560 - NS Police Disp.

160.680 - NS Police - Car to Car

160.710 - NS MoW

161.130 - NS MoW
161.430 - NS MOW


Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad (RBMN) Also operates: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, Jim Thorpe, PA.

*160.470 - RBMN Ch. 1 - Road/Dispatcher/Switching, Reading Division South

*160.770 - RBMN Ch. 2 - Road/Dispatcher/Switching, Reading Division North

*161.310 - Yard Operations, Port Clinton. (Said to be RBMN "primary", by some - can YOU confirm any/all RBMN frequencies?)

*160.800 - Road/Dispatcher, Lehigh Division(Primarily NS) 


SEPTA Regional Rail Division - Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

*160.290 MoW/Trouble Desk/Catenary/Power/Signals(May affect Amtrak Keystone Service)

*160.350 South Road Repeater - Dispatcher 5 and 6 - Rail Operations Center “ROC” - South Conductor (SEPTA Regional Rail route, operating, West from 30th. St. station, Philadelphia, over Amtrak Keystone Service line, is called "R5"(Thorndale to Doylestown)

160.365 - SEPTA Yard (Powellton and Roberts Yards)

*160.380(161.340)- City Road Repeater - Dispatcher Desks 4 & 5 - City Conductor

160.395 - Yard Operations (Powellton & Roberts Ave Yards)

160.590(PL?) - North Road Repeater - Disp.1, 2, & 3, North Conductor

*160.635 - Keystone Service Road - SEPTA Frazer Yard(Along Amtrak main line at Frazer, Pa.)

160.920 - AMTRAK Northeast Corridor Road(North/South through Philadelphia)

160.980 - CSX Road 1(Heard/used, locally, mostly as NS "yard" frequency, various locations.)

161.010 - AMTRAK Northeast Corridor Road, Trenton(New Jersey)
161.070 - CSX Road 2

161.460 - North Road Channel 1, 2, 3, 4 disp.

Strasburg Railroad


A good "radio check", for LCR, is the SRR "radio check"! Every morning, generally between 9 and 10 am(Year round), one can hear the SRR "locomotive of the day", check-in! Or maybe 2 engines? Or, if you're really lucky, "#10" is rolling, the SRR's super-refurbished, and super-historical, gas-powered railcar - the former "Little, Old & Slow" - Lancaster, Oxford and Southern, car, runs mostly in low-passenger traffic seasons(Making it even more fun!). If you haven't had a ride on #10, you haven't had a ride..!). Anhow, "check-in" with the Strasburg, mornings, to confirm "all is well" with the radios, train(s), tracks, crews and station. Yes, trains use locomotive numbers(Which, if one doesn't know already, can be looked-up on the web to see "what's running", today!). Exception: When Thomas the Tank Engine is running, the name "Thomas" is used by engineer, crew and station for reporting on the radio. Go, Thomas! The SRR also does real freight hauling, which you can hear, too.


West Chester Railroad(Tourist Railroad)

160.605 Can YOU confirm is in use by WCR?


Wilmington & Western(Delaware Tourist Railroad)

???.??? (Any knowledge?)



*160.500 (Can YOU confirm "in use"?)

*161.370 (Can YOU confirm "in use"?)


Some frequencies, like Yorkrail, may be " in use" by YR, but not "hearable" from LCR scanner location, at least with current equipment? Or, so lightly used as to be "missed" by me. Please "confirm" you hear/have heard such frequencies ON LCR - or not.