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Iowa Railroads


Known railroads and their operations for Iowa are listed here. Subdivisions that cross state lines will only contain information and GPS ranges to approximately the state line to prevent unnecessary overlap

Due to operational changes, mergers and general changes, some railroad radio channels may be reused by the same or adjacent railroads. However, if using RadioReference aware scanners or software, you can reduce seeing or duplicating this information by scanning just the subdivisions or locations that you are interested in

Railroads are listed by size starting with the largest and ending with historical/tourist operations and in alphabetical order

Passenger trains can be heard on the respective railroad they are operating on unless passenger stations or yards have specific radio assignments. Those frequencies will be listed under the proper passenger railroad category

Short alpha names are comprised of the railroads AAR reporting mark, AAR channel number and subdivision or major use function. The description field will contain actual use or location information to provide the best possible information for various scanners, users and readability

Traveling system gangs (Maintenance of Way) will use the area road channel for track authority and for the foreman to grant trains through the work limits. These gangs will typically use their own channels - and such channels should not be submitted to the database as they are only temporary for the area. Signal, communications and other engineering groups will typically only be on the road channel, but may use any other as needs warrant

When a "Road" and "Dispatcher" channel are both listed, both should be monitored for complete communications. The road channel is typically used by crews traveling along the railroad, switching, verbal defect detectors and similar operations. Crews will typically need to go to the "dispatcher" channel to receive track warrants, track authority or other information that may be required to start or continue the trip


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Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Burlington Northern Santa Fe

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.69500  KSM269  BM CSQ BNSF Ottumwa BNSF Ottumwa Subdivision - Galesburg, IL to Halpin, Iowa   FMN  Railroad 
161.10000    BM CSQ BNSF Creston BNSF Creston Subdivision - Halpin to Creston  FMN  Railroad 
160.90500    BM CSQ BNSF CrstGwd BNSF Creston to Glenwood  FMN  Railroad 
161.41500    BM CSQ BNSF GwdLinc BNSF Glenwood to Lincoln, NE  FMN  Railroad 
161.10000    BM CSQ BNSF DM Line BNSF Albia to Des Moines line Dispatcher/Road  FMN  Railroad 
161.16000    BM CSQ BNSF Marshal BNSF Marshall Subdivision - Sioux City Northward  FMN  Railroad 
161.38500    BM CSQ BNSF SuCity BNSF Sioux City Subdivision - Sioux City Southward  FMN  Railroad 
161.07000    BM CSQ BNSF CoB Yd BNSF Yard Channel - Council Bluffs Area  FMN  Railroad 
161.34000    BM CSQ BNSF Cob Yd BNSF Yard Channel - Counci Bluffs Area  FMN  Railroad 
161.41500    BM CSQ BNSF Bayard BNSF Bayard Subdivision - Council Bluff to Bayard  FMN  Railroad 
161.16000    BM CSQ BNSFK-Line BNSF - Burlington to West Quincy, MO  FMN  Railroad 
160.38000    BM CSQ BNSF FtMadis BNSF at Fort Madison  FMN  Railroad 
161.10000    BNSF Dub 1 Dubuque Area Road Channel 1  FMN  Railroad 
160.51500  KNHN553  BM CSQ Bur North RR Sioux City and Woodbury County  FMN  Railroad 
160.65000  KNHN553  BM CSQ Bur North RR Sioux City and Woodbury County  FMN  Railroad 
161.23500  KNHN553  BM CSQ Bur North RR Sioux City and Woodbury County  FMN  Railroad 
160.36500  KZJ461  BM BNSF DubARES Dubuque Area ARES track control  FMN  Data 


Canadian National Railway
Statewide

Canadian National Railway - Map of Operation

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.19000  KNFM585  BM CSQ CN Ch 1 Channel 1 - Road  FMN  Railroad 
160.92000  KDI403  BM CSQ CN Ch 2 Channel 2 - Waterloo Yard/Switching  FMN  Railroad 
161.46000  KDI403  BM CSQ CN Ch 3 Channel 3 - Yard/Switching  FMN  Railroad 
160.75500  KNFM585  BM CSQ CN Ch 4 Channel 4 - Yard/Switching  FMN  Railroad 
161.28000  KDI404  BM CSQ CN Ch 5 Channel 5- Waterloo Roundhouse  FMN  Railroad 


Canadian Pacific Railway
Davenport Subdivsion
MP 140.9 (Island) to MP 195.7 (Nahant)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.08500  WPMF607  BM CSQ CP65 Davenport Island to Nahant  FMN  Railroad 
160.53000  WPMF607  BM CSQ CP28 Yard WDaven West Davenport Yard  FMN  Railroad 
161.43000    BM CSQ CP88 Yard Nahant Nahant Yard  FMN  Railroad 

Laredo Subdivsion
MP 302.8 (Ottumwa) to MP 405.1 (Laredo)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.77000    BM CSQ CP44 Laredo Ottumwa to Laredo North  FMN  Railroad 
161.43000    BM CSQ CP88 Yard Yard  FMN  Railroad 

Marquette Subdivsion
MP 0.0 (Sabula Jct) to MP 159.0 (Bluff)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.37000    BM CSQ CP84 Marquette Sabula Jct to Bluff  FMN  Railroad 
161.43000    BM CSQ CP88 Yard Yard  FMN  Railroad 

Mason City Subdivsion
MP 0.0 (Marquette) to MP 116.7 (Mason City)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.37000    BM CSQ CP84 Mason City Marquette to Mason City  FMN  Railroad 
161.08500    BM CSQ CP65 Yard Mason City Yard  FMN  Railroad 

Ottumwa Subdivsion
MP 195.7 (Nahant) to MP 302.8 (Ottumwa)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.77000    BM CSQ CP44 Ottumwa Nahant to Ottumwa  FMN  Railroad 
161.43000    BM CSQ CP88 Yard Yard  FMN  Railroad 

Owatonna Subdivsion
MP 0.0 (Mason City, IA) to MP 123.8 (Comus, MN)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.77000    BM CSQ CP44 Owatonna Mason City to Comus  FMN  Railroad 
161.08500    BM CSQ CP88 Yard Mason City Yard  FMN  Railroad 

Sheldon Subdivsion
MP 116.7 (Mason City) to MP 153.4 (Sheldon)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.77000    BM CSQ CP44 Sheldon Mason City to Sheldon  FMN  Railroad 
161.08500    BM CSQ CP88 Yard Mason City Yard  FMN  Railroad 

Eldridge Spur
MP 0.0 (Waterworks) to MP 9.7 (Eldridge)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.08500    BM CSQ CP65 EldridgeSpr Waterworks to Eldridge  FMN  Railroad 


Norfolk Southern
Norfolk Southern

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.44000  WQBN518  BM NS Yard Yard  FMN  Railroad 


Union Pacific
Blair Subdivision
MP 326 (East Missouri Valley to MP 366 (Fremont, NE)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.74000    BM CSQ UP42 Blair Missouri Valley to Fremont, NE  FMN  Railroad 
160.47000    BM CSQ UP24 Cargill Cargill Industrial Lead  FMN  Railroad 

Boone Subdivision
MP 202.2 (Boone) to MP326.2 (East Missouri Valley)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.89000    BM CSQ UP52 Boone Boone to East Missouri Valley  FMN  Railroad 
160.24500    RM CSQ UP09 Yard Boone Yard  FMN  Railroad 

Clinton Subdivision
MP 2.1 (Clinton) to MP202.2 (Boone)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.04000    BM CSQ UP62 Clinton Clinton to Tama  FMN  Railroad 
160.89000    BM CSQ UP52 Clinton Tama to Boone  FMN  Railroad 
161.17500    BM CSQ UP71 CR Lead Cedar Rapids Industrial Lead  FMN  Railroad 
160.23000    BM CSQ UP08 Yard Marshalltown Yard  FMN  Railroad 
160.32000    BM CSQ UP14 Yard Beverly Yard  FMN  Railroad 
160.57500    BM CSQ UP31 Yard Clinton Yard   FMN  Railroad 

Esterville Subdivision
MP 0.0 (Goldfield) to MP 78.4 (Superior)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.17500    BM CSQ UP71 Esterville Goldfield to Superior  FMN  Railroad 
160.77000    BM CSQ UP44 Hartley Hartley Industrial Lead  FMN  Railroad 

Fairmont Subdivision

MP 0.7 (Mason City) to MP 108.3 (Butterfield, MN)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.57500    BM CSQ UPRRFrmntSub Mason City to Butterfield, MN  FMN  Railroad 

Falls City Subdivision

MP 480.8 (Council Bluffs) to MP 289.1 (Kansas City)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.74000    BM CSQ UPRR FC Sub Council Bluffs to Bellevue, NE  FMN  Railroad 

Fort Dodge Subdivision

MP 76.0 (Forest City) to MP 0.0 (Moorland)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.17500    BM CSQ UPRR FD Sub Forest City to Moorland  FMN  Railroad 

Jewell Subdivision

MP 97.2 (North Burt) to MP 0.0 (West Ames)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.17500    BM CSQ UPRR Jwl Sub North Burt to Ames  FMN  Railroad 

Laurens Subdivision

MP 0.0 (Rolfe) to MP 28.5 (Albert City)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.17500    BM CSQ UPRR Lz Sub Rolfe to Albert City  FMN  Railroad 

Mason City Subdivision

MP 192.6 (Mason City) to MP 77.4 (Broadview)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.84500    BM CSQ UPRR MsnCity Mason City to Broadview  FMN  Railroad 

Omaha Subdivision

MP 329.2 (MIssouri Valley) to MP 39.2 (Fremont, NE) via Omaha, NE

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.74000    BM CSQ UPRROmahaSub Missouri Valley to Omaha, NE  FMN  Railroad 
160.68000    BM CSQ UPRR YrdMstr Council Bluffs Yardmaster  FMN  Railroad 
160.47000    BM CSQ UPRR Sw Eng Council Bluffs Yard Job 62 & 72  FMN  Railroad 
160.51500    BM CSQ UPRR Sw Eng Council Bluffs Yard Job 75  FMN  Railroad 
160.65000    BM CSQ UPRR Sw Eng Council Bluffs Yard Job 63, 65, & 78  FMN  Railroad 
161.04000    BM CSQ UPRR Sw Eng Council Bluffs Yard Job 37, 84, & 86  FMN  Railroad 
160.35000    BM CSQ UPRR W Lead Council Bluffs West Lead  FMN  Railroad 
161.55000    BM CSQ UPRR S End Council Bluffs South End  FMN  Railroad 
160.59000    BM CSQ UPRR Diesel Council Bluffs Diesel House  FMN  Railroad 
160.89000    BM CSQ UPRR Carmen Council Bluffs Car Department  FMN  Railroad 
160.77000    BM CSQ UPRR CrewVan Crew Vans  FMN  Railroad 

Oskaloosa Subdivision

MP 246.5 (Marshalltown) to MP 312.1 (Bridgeport)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.17500    BM CSQ UPRR OskySub Marshalltown to Bridgeport  FMN  Railroad 

Perry Subdivision

MP 353.3 (IAIS East Connection) to MP 365.0 (West Des Moines)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.32000    BM CSQ UPRR PerrySu Short Line Yard to West Des Moines  FMN  Railroad 

Rake Subdivision

MP 0.0 (Bricelyn) to MP 57.0 (Esterville)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.17500    BM CSQ UPRR RakeSub Bricelyn to Esterville  FMN  Railroad 

Sioux City Subdivision

MP 76.8 (Sioux City) to MP 5.9 (California Jct.)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.17500    BM CSQ UPRR SX Sub Sioux City to California Jct.  FMN  Railroad 
160.68000    BM CSQ UPRR SX YM Sioux City Yardmaster  FMN  Railroad 

Tara Subdivision

MP 70.1 (Mallard) to MP 0.0 (Grand Junction)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.17500    BM CSQ UPRR TaraSub Mallard to Grand Junction  FMN  Railroad 

Trenton Subdivision

MP 73.3 (Des Moines to MP 502.8 (Sheffield, MO)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.84500    BM CSQ UPRRTrntnSub Des Moines to Carisle  FMN  Railroad 
161.04000    BM CSQ UPRRTrntnSub Carisle to Polo, MO  FMN  Railroad 

Worthington Subdivision

MP 506.3 (Sioux City) to MP 121.0 (St. James, MN)

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.04000    BM CSQ UPRRWrthngtn Sioux City to St. James, MN  FMN  Railroad 
160.68000    BM CSQ UPRR SC YM Sioux City Yardmaster  FMN  Railroad 


Iowa Interstate
Statewide

Iowa Interstae Railroad - Map of Operation

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.22000  WNBF543  BM CSQ IAIS RR 1 Channel 1 - Road  FMN  Railroad 
160.30500  WNBF543  BM CSQ IAIS RR 2 Channel 2 - Yard/Switching  FMN  Railroad 
161.34000    BM CSQ IAIS RR 4 Channel 4 - South Amana Roundhouse  FMN  Railroad 


Burlington Junction Railway
Operations
Burlington Junction Railway is a short line freight railroad that operates industrial switching rail lines in Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri as well as providing in-plant contract switching services

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.44500  WPXL789  M CSQ BJRY23 Ops Operations  FMN  Railroad 
160.95000  WPXL789  M CSQ BJRY56 Ops Operations  FMN  Railroad 


Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway
Operations
Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railroad also known as CRANDIC operates at the north end in Cedar Rapids, Hills to the south and Amana to the west. A map can be found here

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.63500  KAG531  BM 125 DPL CIC35 Job 2/12 Job 2/12  FMN  Railroad 
161.11500  KAG531  BM 223 DPL CIC67 Job 3/13 Job 3/13  FMN  Railroad 
160.86000  KAG531  BM 192.8 PL CIC50 Job 4/14 Job 4/14  FMN  Railroad 
160.71000  KAG531  BM 192.8 PL CIC40 Job 5/15 Job 5/15  FMN  Railroad 
160.21500  KAG531  BM 107.2 PL CIC07 Job 6/16 Job 6/16  FMN  Railroad 
160.99500  KAG531  BM 192.8 PL CIC59 Job 7 Job 7  FMN  Railroad 
160.50000  KAG531  BM 192.8 PL CIC26 Yard Mngr Yard Manager  FMN  Railroad 
161.05500  KAG531  BM 192.8 PL CIC63 MOW Maintenance of Way  FMN  Railroad 
160.35000  WQIC791  RM 243 DPL CIC16 Rptr 2 Repeater Channel 2  FMN  Railroad 
160.54500  WQIC791  RM 315 DPL CIC29 Rptr 3 Repeater Channel 3  FMN  Railroad 
160.68000  WQIC791  RM 532 DPL CIC38 Rptr Repeater Channel  FMN  Railroad 
461.40000  WQIC791  F 162 DPL CIC Ch 5 Link Remote receiver for Channel 5  FMN  Railroad 


Iowa Northern Railway
Operations
The Iowa Northern Railway operates 163 miles in Iowa between Cedar Rapids in eastern Iowa and Manly in north central Iowa

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.38500  WNXL742  BM CSQ IANR85 Ops Operations  FMN  Railroad 


Iowa River Railroad
Operations
Iowa River Railroad operates a short line rail line between Steamboat Rock and Ackley

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.35000  WQFL209  BM CSQ IARR16 Ops Operations  FMN  Railroad 


Iowa Southern Railway
Operations
Iowa Southern Railway, owned by Progressive Rail, operates the former Appanoose County Railroad between Albia and Centerville

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.29000  WPZA567  BM CSQ ISRY12 Ops Operations  FMN  Railroad 
160.69500  WPZA567  BM CSQ ISRY39 Ops Operations  FMN  Railroad 
160.77000  WPZA567  BM CSQ ISRY44 Ops Operations  FMN  Railroad 
161.26500  WPZA567  BM CSQ ISRY77 Ops Operations  FMN  Railroad 
161.46000  WPZA567  BM CSQ ISRY90 Ops Operations  FMN  Railroad 


Iowa Traction Railway
Operations
Iowa Traction Railway is an electrified railroad that operates between Mason City and Clear Lake

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.47500  WQOU510  BM IATR91 Ops Operations  FMN  Railroad 


Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad
Operations
Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad is a heritage railroad that operates freight and passenger excursions in Boone County

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.53000  WPYB976  RM BSVY28 Ops Operations  FMN  Railroad 


Midwest Central Railroad
Operations
Midwest Central Railroad is a 3 ft narrow gauge heritage railroad operating on the grounds of the Midwest Old Thresher's Reunion in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. The track is a clockwise loop approximately 1 mile in length

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
463.20000  WPEP669  MCRR 1 Operations 1  FMN  Railroad 
464.50000  WPEP669  MCRR 2 Operations 2  FMN  Railroad 
464.27500  WPEP669  MCRR 3 Operations 3  FMN  Railroad 
468.20000  WPEP669  MCRR 4 Operations 4  FMN  Railroad 


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