Illinois Railroads (Illinois)

Last Updated: July 13, 2022, 6:25 pm

For more information and a map of Railroads in Illinois, please tap the WIKI button above.

Official IDOT Railroad map:  http://www.idot.illinois.gov/transportation-system/Network-Overview/rail-system/index

Frequencies

Passenger Operations

Amtrak

Amtrak usually operates on frequency in use by the owner of the tracks they are using.

See the Wiki for additional frequencies and information

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.30500WPCT556 BM CSQ AMT13 CUS PS 13 Chicago Union Station Passenger Services FMN Railroad
160.36500WPCT556 RM 413 DPL AMT17 PD 17 Police (Chicago Union Station) FMN Railroad
160.39500WPTX382 RM 131.8 PL AMT19 MOW 19 Maintenance of Way FMN Railroad
160.54500KC8086 M CSQ AMT29 PD 29 Special Agents FMN Railroad
160.74000KNFX766 BM CSQ AMT42 Sw 42 Lumber ST Train Director FMN Railroad
161.26500KRC498 BM CSQ AMT77 Car 77 Carmen FMN Railroad
161.28000 BM CSQ AMT78 Shop 78 Shop Switcher (Chicago) FMN Railroad
173.22500KVU343 BM 131.8 PL Amtk Redcap Chicago Union Station Redcaps FMN Railroad
173.32500WNSX612 BM 94.8 PL AMT PD F2 Amtrak Police F2 FMN Railroad
464.46250WQRC885 RM 051 DPL CUS Ops 1 Union Station: Ops FMN Business
461.73750WQRC885 RM CUS Ops 2 Union Station: Ops FMN Business
Metra Commuter Rail

Metra runs commuter trains on several lines. They own the Milwaukee North and West Districts, Metra Electric, Rock Island and SW Service lines. Trains operate on other railroad's tracks, including the UP-N, UP-NW and UP-W, BNSF, Heritage (CN) Corridor and North Central (CN) lines. 

Locomotives and rolling stock is owned by Metra and crews are Metra except for BNSF and UP lines.

Radio operations are on the Road channels of the various lines.

Travelers Information Stations on 1630 AM located in: University Park (Will), Naperville (Du Page), Mokena (Will), Northfield (Cook), Roselle (Du Page)

STARCOM21 Statewide Illinois
Project 25 Phase II
Metra Police use talkgroups 2991 (dispatch) through 2996 on this trunked system.
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.30500KNFX766 BM CSQ Metra13 SW 13 Metra SW Service, Chgo to 21st St FMN Railroad
160.44000WNQU573 BM CSQ Metra22 SW 22 Metra SW Service, 21st St to Manhattan FMN Railroad
160.77000KFW518 BM CSQ Metra44 MN 44 Metra Milw Dist North FMN Railroad
161.52000KFW519 BM CSQ Metra94 MW 94 Metra Milw Dist West FMN Railroad
161.02500WNMV660 BM 173.8 PL Metra61 ME 61 Metra Electric FMN Railroad
160.92000KNFX766 BM CSQ Metra54 HC 54 Metra Heritage Corridor FMN Railroad
161.34000KSB864 BM CSQ Metra82 RI 82 Metra Rock Island Dist FMN Railroad
160.60500WNBG753 BM 146.2 PL Metra33 PD 33 Metra Police FMN Railroad
161.61000KFW518 BM CSQ Metra PD Metra Police FMN Railroad
453.48750WPTW445 M 77.0 PL Metra PD MX Metra Police Mobile Extenders FMN Railroad
161.22000WNBG753 BM CSQ Metra74 PasSv 74 Metra Passenger Services FMN Railroad
160.63500WNBG753 BM Metra35 Police 35 Metra Police FMN Railroad
150.89000WQXZ480 RM Metra CUS Metra Union Station NXDN Railroad
South Shore Line

Electric commuter trains running into Chicago on track owned by Metra (Metra Electric Line) and freights on the Indiana track run by a seperate operating company.

CSS trains use the Road repeater from Kensington to Gary and Rolling Prairie to South Bend; simplex (on the repeater output) is used between Gary and Rolling Prairie.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.35500 RM 173.8 PL CSS 83 RoadE 83 CSS Road (Kensington-South Bend) FMN Railroad
161.02500 BM 173.8 PL CSS 61 RoadW 61 CSS Road (Chicago-Kensington) FMN Railroad
161.10000 BM CSS 66 MOW 66 CSS Maintenance of Way FMN Railroad
Illinois Railway Museum

IRM is the largest railway museum in the country, with a 5 mile demonstration railroad and many steam, diesel and electric operating items.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.27500 BM CSQ AAR 011 IRM 11 IRM F1 Dispatcher FMN Railroad
154.51500 BM CC 1
TG *
SL *
IRM F2 IRM F2 DMR Railroad
151.68500 BM CSQ IRM F3 IRM F3 FMN Railroad
151.95500 BM CSQ IRM F4 IRM F4 FMN Railroad
154.54000 BM CSQ IRM F5 IRM F5 FMN Railroad
Fox River Trolley Museum

Operates on former Aurora, Elgin and Fox River Electric Company interurban tracks.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.63500WRDG236 BM AAR 035 35 Fox River Trolley Museum FMN Railroad
160.90500WRDG236 BM AAR 053 53 Fox River Trolley Museum FMN Railroad
Monticello Railroad Museum
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.63500 BM AAR 035 MRM35 Monticello Railroad Museum FMN Railroad

Class One Railroads

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF)

 BNSF consists of lines from the former Burlington Northern and the Santa Fe railroads.

Aurora Subdivision (south) - Aurora to Savanna
Aurora Subdivision (north) - Savanna to LaCrosse
Barstow Subdivision - Galesburg to Savanna
Brookfield Subdivision - Galesburg to W. Quincy
Chicago Subdivision - Chicago Union Station to Aurora
Chillicothe Subdivision (east) - Chicago (BOCT Crossing) to Williamsfield
Chillicothe Subdivision (west) - Williamsfield to Fort Madison
Marceline Subdivision (east) - Fort Madison to Hurdland
Marceline Subdivision (west) - Hurdland to Kansas City
Mendota Subdivision - Montgomery to Galesburg

STARCOM21 Statewide Illinois
Project 25 Phase II
BNSF Police use Talkgroups 4876 (Dispatch) and 4877 (Tac)
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.38000 BM CSQ AAR 018 18 BNSF Road - Marceline Sub (east), Chillicothe Sub (west) FMN Railroad
160.56000 BM CSQ AAR 030 30 BNSF Road - Marceline Sub (west) FMN Railroad
160.65000 BM CSQ AAR 036 36 BNSF Road - Chillicothe Sub (east) FMN Railroad
160.81500 BM CSQ AAR 047 47 BNSF Road - Brookfield Sub FMN Railroad
161.10000 BM CSQ AAR 066 66 BNSF Road - Aurora Sub (north), Chicago Sub FMN Railroad
161.16000 BM CSQ AAR 070 70 BNSF Road - Aurora Sub (south) FMN Railroad
161.38500 BM CSQ AAR 085 85 BNSF Road - Mendota, Chillicothe, Brookfield, Chicago Subs FMN Railroad
161.41500 BM CSQ AAR 087 87 BNSF Road - Barstow Sub FMN Railroad
161.01000 BM CSQ AAR 060 60 BNSF Maintenance of Way (All former ATSF lines) FMN Railroad
160.36500 BM AAR 017 17 BNSF ARES Data - Aurora Sub (Galena) Telm Data
161.32500 BM AAR 081 81 BNSF ARES Data - Aurora Sub (Steward) Telm Data
BNSF Corwith Intermodal Facility (Chicago)
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.78500 BM CSQ AAR 045 45 BNSF Yard - Chillicothe Sub (Corwith Yard) FMN Railroad
461.62500WPLG703 RM 703 DPL BNSF Corwith Yd1 BNSF Corwith Yard FMN Railroad
464.27500WPLG703 RM 703 DPL BNSF Corwith Yd2 BNSF Corwith Yard FMN Railroad
BNSF Eola Yard (Aurora)
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.26500 BM CSQ AAR 077 77 BNSF Yard - Chicago Sub (Eola East Yard) FMN Railroad
160.87500 BM CSQ AAR 051 51 BNSF Yard - Eola West Yard, Galesburg, Rochelle Yards FMN Railroad
153.47750WNZM247 RM 1 RAN BNSF Eola West BNSF Eola West Yard NXDN Railroad
153.62750WNZM247 RM 1 RAN BNSF Eola East BNSF Eola East Yard NXDN Railroad
BNSF Clyde Yard (Cicero)

Yard repeater formerly used 151.9625 (PL 107.2) on input.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.33500 BM CSQ AAR 015 15 BNSF Yard - Clyde Mech and Roundhouse FMN Railroad
161.16000WQCM313 RM CSQ AAR 070 70 BNSF Yard - Cicero FMN Railroad
BNSF Willow Springs Intermodal Terminal (Hodgkins)
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.99500 BM CSQ AAR 059 59 BNSF Yard - Chillicothe Sub (Hodgkins Yard) FMN Railroad
160.83000 BM CSQ AAR 048 48 BNSF Yard - Chillicothe Sub (Willow Springs Yard) FMN Railroad
150.90500WPFK523 RM 1 RAN BNSF WillSprings BNSF Yard - Willow Springs NXDN Railroad
Canadian National

 The CN has lines in Illinois from the former Wisconsin Central, Elgin, Joliet and Eastern, Illinois Central and Grand Trunk Western.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.92000 BM CSQ AAR 054 54 CN End to End (All Subs Except South Bend) FMN Railroad
161.29500 BM CSQ AAR 079 79 CN Road (WC) Waukesha Sub (WI Line to Madison St) FMN Railroad
161.19000 BM CSQ AAR 072 72 CN Road (IC) Freeport, Chicago, Champaign, Centrailia, Edgewood Subs FMN Railroad
160.75500 BM CSQ AAR 043 43 CN Road (CCP) Freeport Sub, (Chicago to Munger) FMN Railroad
161.47500 BM CSQ AAR 091 91 CN Road (EJE) Leighton Sub, Illinois River Sub FMN Railroad
160.35000 BM CSQ AAR 016 16 CN Road (EJE) Matteson Sub, Lakefront Sub FMN Railroad
160.59000 BM CSQ AAR 032 32 CN Road (GTW) Eldson Sub, End-to-End on South Bend Sub FMN Railroad
CN Markham Yard (Harvey)
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.47000 BM CSQ AAR 024 24 Markham Yard operations FMN Railroad
160.75500 BM CSQ AAR 043 43 Markham Yard operations FMN Railroad
161.28000 BM CSQ AAR 078 78 Markham Yard operations FMN Railroad
161.46000 BM CSQ AAR 090 90 Markham Yard operations FMN Railroad
CN Joliet Yard (Joliet)
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.47000 BM CSQ AAR 024 24 Joliet Yard operations FMN Railroad
160.84500 BM CSQ AAR 049 49 Joliet Yard operations FMN Railroad
160.90500 BM CSQ AAR 053 53 Joliet Yard operations FMN Railroad
CN Glenn Yard (Forest View)
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.84500 BM CSQ AAR 049 49 Glenn Yard operations FMN Railroad
161.28000 BM CSQ AAR 078 78 Glenn Yard operations FMN Railroad
161.50500 BM CSQ AAR 093 93 Glenn Yard operations FMN Railroad
CN Illinois River Industry Switching
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.46000 BM CSQ AAR 090 90 Illinois River Sub switching FMN Railroad
Canadian Pacific

 CP Rail has lines in Illinois from the former Soo Line, Milwaukee Road and Iowa, Chicago and Eastern/Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern.

STARCOM21 Statewide Illinois
Project 25 Phase II
Canadian Pacific Railway Police are using talkgroups 36516 (primary?), 36517 and 36518.
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.37000 BM CSQ CP84 Road 1 84 CP Road 1 FMN Railroad
161.52000 BM CSQ CP94 Road 2 94 CP Road 2 Elgin Sub (Chicago-Elgin) FMN Railroad
161.08500 BM CSQ CP65 Road 3 65 CP Road 3 (West of Elgin) FMN Railroad
160.77000 BM CSQ CP44 Road 4 44 CP Road 4 (C and M Sub, Chicago-Milwaukee) FMN Railroad
161.43000 BM CSQ CP88 Yard 88 CP Yard FMN Railroad
160.72500 BM CSQ CP41 Yard 41 CP Yard FMN Railroad
160.26000 BM CSQ CP10 Yard 10 CP Yard FMN Railroad
160.39500 BM CSQ CP19 Yard 19 CP Yard FMN Railroad
160.53000 BM CSQ CP28 Yard 28 CP Yard FMN Railroad
CSX Transportation

CSX has lines in Illinois from the former BO, CO, BOCT, Conrail and Rock Island railroads. Most are concentrated in the Chicago Terminal area.

CSX trains between Chicago and Woodland operate over Union Pacific trackage to reach the Woodland Subdivision (ex-C&EI).

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.23000 BM 250.3 PL AAR 008 250.3 08 CSQ (Greenville area) FMN Railroad
160.23000 BM CSQ AAR 008 08 CSX Road (St. Louis Line and Illinois Sub) FMN Railroad
160.98000 BM CSQ AAR 058 58 CSX LB Dispatcher (Illinois Sub) FMN Railroad
161.07000 BM CSQ AAR 064 64 CSX IB Dispatcher (St Louis Line) FMN Railroad
161.37000 BM CSQ AAR 084 84 CSX Road (Woodland Sub) FMN Railroad
161.52000 BM CSQ AAR 094 94 CSX Dispatcher (Woodland Sub) FMN Railroad
CSX Chicago Terminal

RA Dispatcher:
Barr Subdivision - Blue Island to Willow Creek, IN
Chicago Heights Subdivision - Harvey to Glenwood
Elsdon Subdivision - Elsdon to Munster, IN (ex-GTW)
Lake Subdivision - East Chicago area
Porter Branch - Blue Island to Porter, IN

RB Dispatcher:
Altenheim Subdivision - Forest Park to North Lawndale
Blue Island Subdivision - North Lawndale to Blue Island
New Rock Subdivision - Joliet to Henry (ex-Rock Island)

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.23000 BM CSQ AAR 008 08 CSX Road (Multiple Subs) FMN Railroad
160.29000 BM CSQ AAR 012 12 CSX RB Dispatcher FMN Railroad
160.32000 BM CSQ AAR 014 14 CSX RA Dispatcher FMN Railroad
161.28000 BM CSQ AAR 078 78 CSX Yard (Bedford Park Intermodal) FMN Railroad
160.87500 BM CSQ AAR 051 51 CSX Police FMN Railroad
160.80000 BM CSQ AAR 046 46 CSX Road, Former CR lines (Fort Wayne Line) FMN Railroad
Kansas City Southern (KCS)

 KCS runs former Gateway Western/CMNW track from Springfield west to Roodhouse and then to Kansas City and St. Louis.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.46000 BM CSQ KCS90 Road 90 KCS Road FMN Railroad
161.02500 BM CSQ KCS61 Yard 61 KCS Yard FMN Railroad
161.28000 BM CSQ KCS 16128 KCS (Carrollton/Jerseyville) FMN Railroad
Norfolk Southern Railroad (north)

 Norfolk Southern consists of lines from the former Norfolk and Western, Southern and Conrail railroads.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.80000 BM CSQ AAR 046 46 NS Road (Former CR Lines) FMN Railroad
160.86000 BM CSQ AAR 050 50 NS Road (Former CR Lines) (Lafayette, Decatur -W Peru) FMN Railroad
160.98000 BM CSQ AAR 058 58 NS Road (Former CR Lines) FMN Railroad
161.05500 BM CSQ AAR 063 63 NS Road (Kankakee Line) FMN Railroad
161.07000 BM CSQ AAR 064 64 NS Road (Former CR Lines) FMN Railroad
161.14500 BM CSQ AAR 069 69 NS Road (Bloomington District) FMN Railroad
161.19000 BM CSQ AAR 072 72 NS Road (Former NW Lines) FMN Railroad
161.25000 BM CSQ AAR 076 76 NS Road (Former NKP lines) FMN Railroad
161.49000 BM CSQ AAR 092 92 NS Dispatcher (Chicago Line) FMN Railroad
Norfolk Southern Railroad (south)

The former Southern Railway systemwide standard of 160.950 Road and 160.830 (Train to Dispatcher) / 160.245 (Dispatcher to Train) is being phased out in favor of a new plan where each dispatcher desk has a dedicated road channel ("Channel 1") and a dedicated dispatcher channel ("Channel 2") for all subdivisions controlled by that dispatcher desk.

STARCOM21 Statewide Illinois
Project 25 Phase II
STARCOM21 talkgroups 8031 and 8032 in use by NS rail police in Metro East, Decatur and Springfield areas
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.83000 BM CSQ AAR 048 48 Southern-West District Road ("Channel 1") FMN Railroad
160.24500 BM CSQ AAR 009 09 Southern-West District Dispatcher ("Channel 2") FMN Railroad
160.26000 BM CSQ AAR 010 10 NS MofW 2 FMN Railroad
160.38000 BM CSQ AAR 018 18 NS MofW 1 FMN Railroad
160.44000 BM CSQ AAR 022 22 Road (Decatur-Poag Jct, ex-Wabash) FMN Railroad
160.69500 BM CSQ AAR 039 39 Road (Springfield/Hannibal District, ex-Wabash) FMN Railroad
160.95000 BM CSQ AAR 056 56 NS Road (Former Southern Lines) FMN Railroad
NS Chicago Terminal
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.20500KNFX259 RM 20 RAN AAR 073 NS PD Railroad Police (Chicago) NXDN Law Dispatch
NS Decatur Terminal
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.35000 BM CSQ AAR 016 EB Yard 16 NS Yard (Decatur Eastbound) FMN Railroad
160.74000 BM CSQ AAR 042 Car Shop 42 NS Yard Decatur Car Shop FMN Railroad
160.95000 BM CSQ AAR 057 ADM Yard 57 NS Yard (ADM-Decatur) FMN Railroad
161.25000 BM CSQ AAR 076 WB Yard 76 NS Yard (Decatur Westbound) FMN Railroad
NS St Louis Terminal
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.49000 BM CSQ AAR 092 Yard Yard (Paog Jct-VC Belt Jct, ex-Southern) FMN Railroad
Union Pacific Railroad

 The Union Pacific has lines in Illinois from the former Chicago and North Westerm, Missouri Pacific and Cotton Belt railroads.

Former C&NW Lines:
Geneva East Subdivision
Belvidere Subdivision
Troy Grove Subdivision
Adams Subdivision
Rockwell Subdivision
Milwaukee Subdivision
Kenosha Subdivision
Geneva West Subdivision
Peoria Subdivision
Harvard Subdivision
McHenry Subdivision

Diga-Talk
NXDN NEXEDGE 4800
Union Pacific Railroad Police have been heard in the Chicago area using talkgroup 1047 on the Diga-Talk NXDN trunked system.
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.89000 BM CSQ UP52 Road 52 UP Road (Geneva East, Belvidere, Troy Grove, Adams, Rockwell Subs) FMN Railroad
160.45500 BM CSQ UP23 MOW 23 UP MOW/Yard (Former CNW) FMN Railroad
161.04000 BM CSQ UP62 Road 62 UP Road (Milw. Sub s/o K.O., Kenosha, Geneva West subs) FMN Railroad
160.48500 BM CSQ UP25 Road 25 UP Road (Milw. Sub n/o of K.O.) FMN Railroad
161.31000 BM CSQ UP80 Road 80 UP Road (Harvard, McHenry Subs) FMN Railroad
161.26500 BM CSQ UP77 Road 77 UP Road (Peoria Sub) FMN Railroad
160.41000 BM CSQ UP20 Road 20 UP Road (Chicago-Woodland Jct., Marion, Mt. Vernon, S. Pana, Salem Subs) FMN Railroad
161.08500 BM CSQ UP65 Road 65 UP Road (Woodland to Pana) FMN Railroad
161.55000 BM CSQ UP96 Road 96 UP Road (Chester, Pinkneyville, Sparta Subs) FMN Railroad
161.28000 BM CSQ UP78 Road 78 UP Road Former SPCSL (Chicago to Valley Jct) FMN Railroad
160.56000 BM CSQ UP30 Road 30 UP Road Former SPCSL Pana Sub FMN Railroad
161.22000 BM UP74 Road 74 UP Road FMN Railroad
UP Yard Center Terminal (Dolton)
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.14500 BM CSQ AAR 069 69 UP Yard Center FMN Railroad
UP Belvidere Yard
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.17500 BM CSQ AAR 071 71 UP Belvidere Yard operations FMN Railroad
UP West Chicago Yard
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.17500 BM CSQ AAR 071 UP West Chicago Yard ops FMN Railroad
UP Dupo Yard (East St. Louis)
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.47000 BM CSQ AAR 024 24 Dupo Yardmaster FMN Railroad
160.99500 BM AAR 059 59 Dupo Yard Switching FMN Railroad
161.08500 BM AAR 065 65 Dupo Yard Crew Shuttle FMN Railroad
UP Global 1 Terminal (West Side)

Between Near West Side and North Lawndale.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.57500 BM CSQ AAR 031 31 UP Global One Yard FMN Railroad
UP Global 2 Terminal / Proviso Yard (Northlake)

Ex-C&NW yard

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.57500WNDL300 BM CSQ AAR 031 31 Global 2 Terminal FMN Railroad
160.72500 BM CSQ AAR 041 41 UP Proviso Yard Ops FMN Railroad
161.17500 BM CSQ AAR 071 71 UP Proviso Yard Ops FMN Railroad
UP Global 3 Intermodal Terminal (Rochelle)

Closed in 2019, G3 was reopened in 2021

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.17500 RM CSQ G3 Yard Global 3 Operations (94.8 PL In) FMN Railroad
UP Global 4 Terminal (Joliet)
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.17500 RM CSQ AAR 071/013 71 UP Global 4 Yard FMN Railroad

Chicago Switching Roads and Shortlines

Belt Railway Corporation

The Belt Railway Company of Chicago is a switching and terminal railroad which is co-owned by and handled interchnge services for BNSF, CN, CP, CSX, NS and UP. BRC also serves many local customers itself.

The mainline runs south 10 miles from a connection with the Metra Milwaukee District West Line at Cragin to 67th Street (the east end of Clearing Yard), where it swings east and proceeds another 14 miles to South Chicago.

The major yard on the line is Clearing Yard, located just south of Midway Airport.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.50000 BM CSQ BRC26 RoadS 26 BRC Road South FMN Railroad
160.63500 BM CSQ BRC35 Road N 35 BRC North Road FMN Railroad
BRC Clearing Yard
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.38000 BM CSQ AAR 018 18 West Yard FMN Railroad
160.69500 BM CSQ AAR 039 39 Yard Operations FMN Railroad
160.96500 BM CSQ AAR 057 57 Clearing Yard Hump FMN Railroad
161.29500 BM CSQ AAR 079 79 Car Department FMN Railroad
161.44500 BM CSQ AAR 089 89 East Yard FMN Railroad
Chicago Junction Railway

The Chicago Junction Railroad is a switching road which serves the Elk Grove Village Industrial Park. It connects with CN, CP, CSX, NS and UP.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.11500 BM CSQ AAR 067 67 Chicago Junction Operations FMN Railroad
Chicago Rail Link

Chicago Rail Link is a shortline and terminal railroad in and around Chicago. The ex-Rock Island main line runs from a connection with BNSF at Western Ave southwest through Gresham and Blue Island to Mokena, with branches from Gresham to Pullman Junction, 95th St to Kensington, and Pullman Junction to Irondale.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.63500 BM CSQ AAR 035 35 Road/Dispatcher FMN Railroad
160.21500 BM CSQ AAR 007 07 Switching FMN Railroad
Cicero Central Railroad

The Cicero Central Railroad is a one-mile switching road at Cicero which serves the Koppers Chemical plant.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.81500 BM CSQ AAR 047 47 Cicero Central Operations FMN Railroad
Indiana Harbor Belt

The Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad is a switching and terminal railroad jointly owned by Conrail Shared Assets and Canadian Pacific.

The mainline runs from Hammond, IN 39 miles around the west side of Chicago to a connection with the Metra Milwaukee District West Line at Franklin Park.

The major yard on the line is Blue Island Yard, located in the suburb of Blue Island.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.07000 BM CSQ AAR 064 64 Road FMN Railroad
160.48500 BM CSQ AAR 025 25 Dispatcher East FMN Railroad
160.98000 BM CSQ AAR 058 58 Dispatcher West FMN Railroad
161.40000 BM CSQ AAR 086 86 Maintenance-of-Way FMN Railroad
160.54500 BM CSQ AAR 029 29 Police FMN Railroad
IHB Blue Island Yard
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.53500 BM CSQ AAR 095 95 Blue Island Yard operations FMN Railroad
Manufacturers’ Junction Railway

The Manufacturers’ Junction Railway operates 6 miles of trackage in Cicero, Illinois.

Interchange is with Belt Railway and other roads which connect with BRC.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.47500 BM CSQ AAR 091 91 Manufacturer's Junction (Cicero) FMN Railroad
South Chicago and Indiana Harbor Railway

The South Chicago and Indiana Harbor Railway is a steel mill railroad owned by Mittal Steel Company. The main line runs between Pullman Junction, IL and Whiting, IN with branches to South Deering, IL and East Chicago, IN.
 

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.33500 BM CSQ AAR 015 15 South Chicago and Indiana Harbor FMN Railroad
Chicago Terminal Railroad

The Chicago Terminal Railroad is no longer in operation. Their C&E Line (ex-Milwaukee Road) has been abandoned, and may be turned into a rail trail. Operations at the Centex Industrial Park in Elk Grove Village were taken over by the Chicago Junction Railway. Operations at the Bensenville Industrial Park are now handled by the Chicago, St Paul & Pacific Railroad.

Frequencies listed below may be used by the Chicago, St. Paul & Pacific.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.55000 BM CSQ AAR 096 96 Chicago Terminal (Chicago) FMN Railroad
161.56500 BM CSQ AAR 097 97 Chicago Terminal (Elk Grove) FMN Railroad

Regional and Shortline Railroads

Burlington Junction Railway - Montgomery
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.95000 BM 411 DPL AAR 032 32 Burlington Junction operations FMN Railroad
Burlington Junction Railway - Rochelle

The Burlington Junction Railway operates the Rochelle Railroad under contract with the City of Rochelle. 

Note: 160.950 may also be used at the Quincy, IL operation.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.38000 BM CSQ AAR 018 18 Rochelle RR Operations FMN Railroad
160.63500 BM CSQ AAR 025 25 Rochelle RR Switching FMN Railroad
159.84000WPXL789 BM 210.7 PL BJ Rwy Roch Burlington Junction operations FMN Railroad
160.95000WPXL789 BM CSQ AAR 032 32 Burlington Junction operations FMN Railroad
Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad

CFtW&E operates the fomer Conrail Fort Wayne Secondary (ex-PRR).  

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.54500 BM CSQ AAR 029 29 Road/Dispatcher FMN Railroad
161.13000 BM CSQ AAR 068 68 Maintenance of Way FMN Railroad
Illinois Railway
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.42500WQYL412 RM AAR 021/088 21 Illinois Railway - Millbrook repeater FMN Railroad
160.51500WQYL412 RM AAR 027/095 27 Illinois Railway - Ottawa repeater FMN Railroad
161.05500 BM CSQ AAR 063 63 Mt. Morris and Rockford lines (north) FMN Railroad
161.35500 BM CSQ AAR 083 83 Montgomery and LaSalle Lines (south) FMN Railroad
Iowa Interstate Railroad

Iowa Interstate operates the ex-Rock Island main line from a conenction with the CSX New Rock Subdivision at Bureau, IL to Council Bluffs, IA, with a branch from Henry to Peoria.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.30500 BM CSQ AAR 063 63 Road/Dispatcher West FMN Railroad
160.68000 BM CSQ AAR 038 28 Silvis Yard FMN Railroad
161.22000 BM CSQ AAR 074 74 Road/Dispatcher East FMN Railroad
Wisconsin and Southern Railroad

Wisconsin and Southern operates several former Milwaukee Road and C&NW lines mostly in Wisconsin; one line extends from Zenda, WI to Fox Lake, IL, with trackage rights to Chicago over Metra.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.57500 BM CSQ AAR 031 31 Road/Dispatcher FMN Railroad
161.14500 BM CSQ AAR 069 69 Yard Operations FMN Railroad
Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern

Wholly owned and operated subsidary of CP Rail. Former Milwaukee Road track from Elgin west to Iowa that had been sold off to the Iowa, Chicago & Eastern, later merged with the DM&E which in turn was bought out by CP Rail. Radio info listed with CP Rail.

Kankakee, Beaverville and Southern Railroad

The Kankakee, Beaverville & Southern Railroad operates several intersecting lines in Illinois and Indiana:

Kankakee, IL to Sheldon, IL (ex-NYC)
North Hooper, IL to Danville, IL (ex-Milwaukee Road)
Cheneyville, IL to Lafayette, IN ((ex-NKP / LE&W)

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.21500 BM CSQ AAR 007 07 Road/Dispatcher FMN Railroad
161.49000 BM CSQ AAR 092 92 Switching Ops FMN Railroad
Central Illinois Railroad

Operations on the Chicago area lines formerly run by CIRR have been taken over by BNSF (owner of the lines).

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.92000 BM CSQ AAR 054 54 CIRR Operations FMN Railroad
160.98000 BM CSQ AAR 034 34 CIRR Operations FMN Railroad
161.46000 BM CSQ AAR 090 90 CIRR Operations FMN Railroad
Alton and Southern RR

Alton & Southern is a switching road in the greater St. Louis area.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.77000 BM CSQ AAR 044 44 Road/Dispatcher FMN Railroad
160.33500 BM CSQ AAR 015 15 Switching FMN Railroad
Bloomer Line

The Bloomer Line operates the ex-IC line from Kempton to Colfax via Strawn, and a former Wabash branch from Strawn to Gibson City.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.50000 RM CSQ AAR 026/083 26 Bloomer Line (Chatsworth Repeater) FMN Railroad
161.35500 BM CSQ AAR 083 83 Road FMN Railroad
Crab Orchard and Egyptian
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
150.35000 BM CSQ AAR 016 16 Road/Operations FMN Railroad
Decatur and Eastern Illinois RR

D&EI operates two lines acquired form CSX Transportation, and one acquired from NS:

Danville, IL to Terre Haute, IN (ex-NYC)
Decatur, IL to Hillsdale, IN (ex-B&O)
Metcalf to Neoga (Eastern Illinois RR, ex-Nickel Plate / Clover Leaf)

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.81500 BM CSQ AAR 049 47 Eastern Illinois RR Road FMN Railroad
160.95000 BM CSQ AAR 056 56 Eastern Illinois RR Switching FMN Railroad
160.20000WRCK797 M AAR 006 Operations 06 (Paris, Metcalf) FMN Business
151.67000WRCK797 M DREI151.6700 Operations (Paris) FMN Business
151.73000WRCK797 M DREI151.7300 Operations (Tuscola) FMN Business
153.05000WRCK797 M DREI153.0500 Operations (Decatur) FMN Business
153.12500WRCK797 M DREI153.1250 Operations (Tuscola) FMN Business
153.18500WRCK797 M DREI153.1850 Operations (Decatur) FMN Business
153.27500WRCK797 M DREI153.2750 Operations (Metcalf) FMN Business
153.44000WRCK797 M DREI153.4400 Operations (Decatur) FMN Business
153.58250WRCK797 M DREI153.5825 Operations (Metcalf) FMN Business
153.63500WRCK797 M DREI153.6350 Operations (Tuscola) FMN Business
158.28000WRCK797 M DREI158.2800 Operations (Decatur) FMN Business
158.41500WRCK797 M DREI158.4150 Operations (Tuscola) FMN Business
159.82500WRCK797 M DREI159.8250 Operations (Paris) FMN Business
160.11750WRCK797 M DREI160.1175 Operations (Metcalf) FMN Business
160.12500WRCK797 M DREI160.1250 Operations (Paris) FMN Business
Decatur Junction Railway

Decatur to Assumption (ex-IC)

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.22000 BM CSQ AAR 074 74 Decatur Junction Operations FMN Railroad
Effingham Railroad

The Effingham Railroad is a 1.5 mile switching road connecting to CN and CSX in Effingham.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.35500 BM CSQ AAR 083 83 Effingham RR operations FMN Railroad
Evansville Western Railroad
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.81500 BM CSQ AAR 047 47 Road/Dispatcher FMN Railroad
161.05500 BM CSQ AAR 063 63 Switching FMN Railroad
Illinois and Midland Railroad

Pekin to Springfield and Taylorville, via Havana and Petersburg (ex-Chicago & Illinois Midland Railway).

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.29000 BM CSQ AAR 012 12 Yard Operations FMN Railroad
160.95000 BM CSQ AAR 056 56 Road Operations FMN Railroad
Illinois Western Railroad

Illinois Western is a switching road which connects to CSX at Greenville and BNSF at Smithboro.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.35500 BM CSQ AAR 083 83 General Operations FMN Railroad
Keokuk Junction Railway

The Keokuk Junction Railway operates several lines of the original Toledo, Peoria & Western Railway:

33.5 miles, Warsaw, IL to LaHarpe, IL (ex-TP&W Third Subdivision)
88.1 miles, Lomax, IL to Peoria, IL via LaHarpe (ex-TP&W Second Subdivision)

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.39500 BM CSQ AAR 019 19 Yard Operations FMN Railroad
161.43000 BM CSQ AAR 088 88 Road/Dispatcher FMN Railroad
Shawnee Terminal Railway

The Shawnee Terminal is a 2.5 mile switching railroad in Cairo, IL which interchanges with Canadian National. The line may be out of service.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.84500 BM CSQ AAR 049 49 Yard Operations FMN Railroad
161.07000 BM CSQ AAR 064 64 Road Operations FMN Railroad
Tazewell and Peoria Railroad

The Tazewell & Peoria is a terminal railroad (the former Peoria and Pekin Union Railway), connecting UP, NS, CN, BNSF, TP&W, Iowa Interstate and the Illinois and Midland.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.47000 BM CSQ AAR 024 24 Road/Dispatcher FMN Railroad
160.53000 BM CSQ AAR 028 28 Yard Operations FMN Railroad
161.23500 BM CSQ AAR 075 75 Yard Operations FMN Railroad
Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA)

TRRA is a switching and terminal railroad in the metro St. Louis area, serving local customers and connecting BNSF, CN (ex-IC), CSX, NS and UP, as well as KCS.

STARCOM21 Statewide Illinois
Project 25 Phase II
Using talkgroups 5401 - 5403, dispatched by Madison City Police but have access to multiple other agencies (Granite City, Madison County, Washington Park, Sauget, East St. Louis, etc)
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.42500 BM CSQ AAR 021 21 Switching FMN Railroad
160.50000 BM CSQ AAR 026 26 Road/Dispatcher FMN Railroad
160.65000 BM CSQ AAR 036 36 Switching FMN Railroad
161.31000 BM CSQ AAR 080 80 MoW and Switching FMN Railroad
Toledo, Peoria and Western Railway

The TP&W operates 247 miles of the original TP&W from Mapleton, IL to Logansport, IN via Peoria. Portions of the old TP&W west of Peoria are operated by Keokuk Junction.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.31000 BM CSQ AAR 080 80 Yard Operations FMN Railroad
161.40000 BM CSQ AAR 086 86 Road/Dispatcher FMN Railroad
Indiana Rail Road

The Indiana Rail Road Indianapolis Subdivision operates over 155 miles of the former Illinois Central line from Newton, IL to Indianapolis, IN. The railroad's Chicago Subdivision (ex-Milwaukee Road) runs from Terre Haute, IN to Burns, IN but does not enter Illinois; INRD reaches Chicago via trackage rights on CSX.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.26000 BM CSQ AAR 010 10 Switching FMN Railroad
160.62000 BM CSQ AAR 034 34 Yard Operations FMN Railroad
161.10000 BM CSQ AAR 066 66 Indianapolis Sub Road/Dispatcher FMN Railroad
161.53500 BM CSQ AAR 095 95 Yard Operations FMN Railroad
Vandalia Railroad

The Vandalia Railroad operates 5.5 miles of former Illinois Central trackage and connects with CSX at Vandalia.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.54500 BM CSQ AAR 029 29 General Operations FMN Railroad