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Monitoring the CSX Rochester Subdivision (QC 374 - QC 348), Rochester and Southern, NS Southern Tier and Finger Lakes Railway Frequencies

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Rochester Rail Radio

This feed covers a portion of CSX's busy Rochester Subdivision, concentrating mainly around the Rochester New York area, between milepost QC378 (Chili, NY) to the west and  QC348 (Palmyra, NY) to the east. Being a part of CSX's "Chicago Line," this double track mainline sees roughly 40+ trains a day, including various locals (B symbols).

     Also heard is the CSX West Shore Subdivision from milepost QW359 (Henrietta, NY) to CP-359 (Perinton, NY) on the Rochester Subdivision. Following the old grade of the West Shore Railroad, this single-track ABS (Automatic Block System) subdivision serves as a bypass around the city of Rochester, branching off of the Rochester Sub at CP-382 (Chili, NY) and reconnecting with the mainline at CP-359. Any train, in any direction can "take the Shore" at the NF Dispatcher's discretion. The only trains required to take the West Shore Sub are trains containing High-And-Wide loads due to clearance restrictions on the Rochester Subdivision in the City of Rochester. Amtrak trains do not utilize the West Shore as the Rochester Amtrak Station is located in the city.  

    This scanner also monitors a local shortline, Genesee & Wyoming's Rochester & Southern Railroad, which makes transfer runs to CSX's Goodman Street Yard in the heart  of the City of Rochester. They can also be heard doing various switching movements in their Brooks Ave Yard  in Chili, NY as well as getting track authorites on the Ex-B&O BR&P Rochester Branch south to either their interchange with Norfolk Southern's Southern Tier Line in Silver Spring, NY, American Rock Salt in Mt. Morris, NY, or American Motive Power in Dansville, NY. 

       The Finger Lakes Railway Dispatcher, along with the NS D&H and NS Lake Erie Dispatchers controlling Norfolk Southern's Southern Tier Line, can also be heard on occasion talking to various trains.

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Frequencies Scanned

CSX Transportation:

  • 160.800  AAR046 - CSX Road

  • 161.400  AAR086 - NF Jacksonville Dispatcher (Controls both the Rochester & West Shore Subdivisions)

  • 160.950  AAR056 - NG Jacksonville Dispatcher (Controls both the Buffalo Terminal Subdivision.) (Sometimes heard talking to trains on west end of Rochester/West Shore Subdivisions)

  • 160.980  AAR058 - Rochester Goodman Street Yard 

‚Äč*Dispatchers based in Jacksonville, FL

CSX Equipment Defect Detectors:

  • QC364.1 Brighton, NY

  • QW355.5 Pittsford, NY

  • QC345.0  East Palmyra, NY 

 Norfolk Southern Railway

Rochester and Southern:

  • 160.770  AAR044 - Road & Dispatcher (R&S Dispatcher based in St. Albans, VT) 

  • 161.100  AAR066 - Brooks Ave Yard

 Finger Lakes Railway:

  • 161.340 AAR087 - Dispatcher & Road (FGLK Dispatcher based in Geneva, NY)

Equipment used to provide this stream:

DPDProductions TrainTenna Base Antenna -- Kenwood TK-780 -- Dell Optiplex Desktop (OS: Windows 10)

Description Last Updated: 1/8/2021