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Central Maine and Quebec Railway (CMQ) and EMRY

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Current Status: EMRY frequencies have been enabled in the scanner (10/10/2021). Improvements have been made to the antenna and it's placement which have resulted in increased coverage. In addition to CMQ Brownville tower, Millinocket tower, Hermon tower (Northern Maine Junction outside of Bangor), and Greenville tower can be heard. The defect detector at MP 18.8 on the Moosehead East Sub can also be heard.With the foliage off the trees and we can expect some improvement in reception. 

Central Maine & Quebec Railway (CMQ) is a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR)

Call Sign: WQUM494  - RF MHz, (AAR Chan), Function:

160.260 (10) Road Channel / 160.410 (20) / 160.455 (23) Yard  / 160.560 (30) / 161.370 (84) / 161.550 (96) Utility MOW (Repeater) / 160.920 (54) / 452.9375 Head-of-Train (HOT)Telemetry / 457.9375 End-of-Train (EOT) Telemetry (Both HOT and EOT telemetry freqs are locked out on the scanner at this time. 9/4/20)

CMQ omments: The Dispatcher usually answers "CP, Iowa, Brownville" (CP Dispatcher located in Iowa, talking on the Brownville Junction Tower.) CP is currently (June 2020) dispatching from their Iowa backup dispatching facility instead of the normal Minniapolis, Minnesota facility due to the civil unrest there. Track warrents issued by the CP dispatcher to CMQ (and to EMR with trackage rights on the Millinocket sub) are numbered sequentially starting at 01 and are typically a maximum of 2 digits (18, 19, 20).

Eastern Maine Railway (EMRY)

161.475 (91) Road / 161.355 (83) / 160.935 (55) / 161.205 (73) / 160.425 (21) / 161.175 (71) MOW (The161.175 MHz channel has been temporarily disabled on the scanner receiver (17 Jan 2023) due to interference on this frequency.) 


EMRY Comments: EMRY is dispatched by RailTerm Dispatch on the Mattawamkeag Sub between Brownville Junction and McAdam, NB. EMRY clearances on the Mattawamkeag Sub are numbered sequentially 48XX (4801,4802, 4803) and trains headed North out of Millinocket on the Madawaska Sub for Oakfield are 5000 series.

Feed Technical Details: The scanner is located in the vicinity of Brownville Junction, Maine. Daily activity includes train dispatching (track warrants), arrival/departure reports, and track maintenance activity. Brownville tower (technically located in Williamsburg) can be heard. There is a delay of approximately one minute between reception of a transmission at the scanner and posting of the transmission on the Broadcastify site. Feed archives are posted with the dead-time between transmissions removed (a plus for reviewing the day's activity). However, a Braodcastify Premium Membership ($15 for 6 months) is required for access to the archived files. The scanner for the feed is a Uniden BCT15X with the audio patched to a Mini PC running Windows 10, running the RadioFeed app from The current antenna is an Arrow 4-element Yagi. The installation was previously configured with an Arrow II Back Pack Portable, Model 161-4BP, a 4-element Yagi which provided in the neighborhood of 10dbi gain. This antenna is a special order from, cut to 161 MHz and is a variant of the Arrow 146-4BP antenna.