This feed covers the Norfolk Southern Pittsburgh Line in the McVeytown area. Transmissions from the Allegheny and Harrisburg Terminal dispatchers will be heard. Passing train crews will call control point signals and changes in cab signal indication.
This feed is based in the village of Mattawana PA which is directly across the Juniata River from the borough of McVeytown. The section of the Norfolk Southern Pittsburgh Line between mileposts PT 162 and PT 200 is monitored on this feed. In the middle of this territory is the control point MCVEY which marks the division point between two dispatcher desks. Harrisburg Terminal dispatcher controls the territory from MCVEY inclusive to the east toward Harrisburg. The Allegheny dispatcher controls the territory from MCVEY west towards Altoona. All transmissions on 160.800 will be heard. Train crews will call signals at the control points and 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. If the 198.0 Wheel Impact Load Detector gives a critical alarm, the dispatcher will advise the train crew on what to do with the bad car. Eastbound trains often drop the bad cars at a siding off of track one at Ryde.
The following is a list of control points (CP) and defect detectors which will be heard on this feed. They are listed from east to west along with their mile post.
160.0 - HAWSTONE (CP)
162.3 - Hot Box and Defect Detector HBD DED
165.7 - LEWIS (CP) - The Amtrak Lewistown Station is located within the limits of LEWIS