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Norfolk Southern Altoona Area Rail

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Norfolk Southern Altoona Area Rail

This feed monitors a portion of the NS Allegheny Dispatcher desk in the greater Altoona area. All transmissions on 160.875 will be heard between Tyrone and Tunnelhill.
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Feed Notes

This feed is based in the city of Altoona PA. Located at the eastern base of the Allegheny Mountain range, Altoona is the last stop before trains battle up the East Slope towards Pittsburgh and the west. Helper crews are originated in Altoona and have the job to assist trains crossing the Allegheny ridge. Altoona is also a major crew point for Norfolk Southern where all but intermodal trains will stop for fresh crews.

The feed monitors the section of the Norfolk Southern Pittsburgh Line between mileposts PT 222 and PT 247. The Allegheny dispatcher controls all of the movements as Altoona is at the heart of the territory. The dispatcher will be routinely heard giving orders to new freight and helper crews as they come on duty. All transmissions on 160.875 will be heard. Train crews will call signals at the control points and intermediates. They will also call out any changes in their cab signal indication. The defect detectors will audibly announce whether a train has defects or not as the train passes them.

The following is a list of control points (CP), defect detectors and other locations which will be heard on this feed. They are listed from east to west.

222.1 - Tyrone Amtrak Station
223.3 - GRAY (CP)
225.9 - Defect Detector HBD DED (Tipton)
232.4 - ANTIS (CP)
233.0 - PT 233 Intermediate - 1 Yard WB and #2 Secondary EB only
234.0 - HOMER (CP) - Track 1 only
234.0 - PT 234 Intermediate - Track 2 only
235.7 - WORKS (CP)
236.1 - Altoona Amtrak Station
236.6 - COVE JCT (CP) - 1 Yard only
237.1 - ALTOONA (CP)
241.0 - Hot Box and Defect Detector HBD DED (Millers Curve)
242.0 - Horseshoe Curve
243.5 - MG (CP)
245.5 - Defect Detector DED (Allegripus) Deactivated