Massachusetts Railroads (Massachusetts)

Last Updated: August 2, 2021, 7:29 pm
Known railroads and their operations for Massachusetts 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 operations can be heard on the respective railroad they are operating on unless passenger stations have specific radio assignments.

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. Both "road" and "dispatcher" channels should be monitored if both are listed for a given subdivision. This arrangement is typically used by CSX Transportation and Pan Am Railways.

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited 48/49 is hosted by CSXT and MBTA. Vermonter 55/56 & 54/57 is hosted by CSXT, NECR & PAR. Downeaster is hosted by MBTA and Pan Am. MBTA operating over freight railroads will operate on the host railroad channels for that segment

Frequencies

CSX Transporation

Berkshire Subdivsion
MP 92 (Wilbraham, MA) to MP 192 (Post Road, NY)

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.56000 BM CSQ CSXT30 Berks NC Dispatcher FMN Railroad
160.80000 BM CSQ CSXT46 Berks Road FMN Railroad
161.07000 BM CSQ CSXT64 Yard Berkshire Subdivison Yards FMN Railroad
160.86000 BM CSQ CSXT50 WS Interm West Springfield Intermodal FMN Railroad
160.71000 RM CSQ CSXT40 MOW Maintenance of Way FMN Railroad
161.14500 M CSQ CSXT69 MOW Maintenance of Way FMN Railroad
Boston Subdivsion
MP 1 (Back Bay Station) to MP 92 (Wilbraham). MP 3 to MP 44 has been transferred to the MBTA (Keolis Commuter Rail) and is referred to as the Worcester Main Line between those mileposts. The former Fitchburg Subdivision has been removed and is considered a running track between QBU 4.3 TO QBU 34.9 (Fitchburg) to QBU 34.9 (Framingham) and under control of the Fitchburg Yardmaster on channel 64

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.68000 BM CSQ CSXT38 Bostn NC Dispatcher FMN Railroad
160.80000 BM CSQ CSXT46 Bostn Road FMN Railroad
161.07000 BM CSQ CSXT64 Yard Boston Subdivsion Yards FMN Railroad
160.86000KEK884 BM CSQ CSXT50 Framinghm Framingham Yard FMN Railroad
160.71000 RM CSQ CSXT40 MOW Maintenance of Way FMN Railroad
161.41500WPMA351 BM CSQ Keolis Term Disp Keolis Terminal Train Dispatcher FMN Railroad

Amtrak

Main Line (Mill River to Springfield)

Mill River to Springfield, MA

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.92000 BM CSQ AMTK54 Sprng Springfield to New Haven FMN Railroad
161.29500 RM 88.5 PL AMTK79 PD Police FMN Law Dispatch
Main Line (New Haven to Boston)

New Haven, CT to Boston, MA

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.92000WPDD959 BM CSQ AMTK54 Shore South Station to New Haven FMN Railroad
160.74000 BM CSQ AMTK74 Yard Southampton St Station/Yard FMN Railroad
160.45500 BM CSQ AMTK23 Yard Southampton Street Yard FMN Railroad
161.29500 RM 156.7 PL AMTK79 PD Police - Boston FMN Law Dispatch
161.29500 RM 88.5 PL AMTK79 PD Police - Attleboro FMN Law Dispatch
161.32500 BM CSQ AMTK81 MOW Maintenance of Way FMN Railroad

Bay Colony Railroad

Operations

The BCLR operates in the Millis, Milford, Needham Corridor
AAR CH13 is the Watuppa Track - North Dartmouth to New Bedford (Former Conrail)

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.30500 RM 131.8 PL BCLR13 Ops Watuppa Track Operations FMN Railroad

Cape Cod Central Railroad

Operations
Operates summer excursion trains with Massachusetts Coastal Railroad

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.24500WQFL207 BM CCCR09 Ops Operations FMN Railroad

Grafton and Upton Railroad

Operations
Operates between Grafton and Milford

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.24500WQFP542 BM GU09 Road Road FMN Railroad
160.29000WQFP452 BM GU12 Yard Yard FMN Railroad
161.44500WQFP452 BM GU89 MOW Maintenance of Way FMN Railroad

Housatonic Railroad

Operations
Operates mostly in Connecticut, but has trackage in the Pittsfield, Lee and Great Barrington area

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.39500 BM CSQ HRRC19 Road Road FMN Railroad
161.50500 BM CSQ HRRC93 Yard Yard FMN Railroad

Massachusetts Central Railroad

Operations
Operates between Palmer and South Barre

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.42500WNHR202 M CSQ NCER21 Ops Operations FMN Railroad
160.47000WNHR202 BM CSQ MCER24 Ops Operations FMN Railroad
160.57500WNHR202 BM CSQ MCER31 Ops Operations FMN Railroad

Massachusetts Coastal Railroad

Fall River Subdivision
MP 0 (CP Swamp) to MP 12 (Fall River). This is the former CSXT Fall River Subdivision

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.42500 BM CSQ MC21 Fall Ri Road FMN Railroad
Framingham Subdivision
MP 0 (Mansfield) to MP 21 (Framingham). This is the former CSXT Framingham Subdivision.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.42500 BM CSQ MC21 Framing Road FMN Railroad
Middleboro Subdivision
MP 0 (Amtrak Connection) to MP 21 (Taunton/MBTA). This is the former CSXT Middleboro Subdivision

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.42500 BM CSQ MC21 Middleb Road FMN Railroad
New Bedford Subdivision
MP 13 (Weir) to MP 31 (New Bedford). This is the former CSXT New Bedford Subdivision

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.42500 BM CSQ MC21 NewBedf Road FMN Railroad
Operations
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.24500WQHT739 BM MC09 Ops Operations FMN Railroad
160.56000WQHT739 BM MC30 Ops Operations FMN Railroad
161.38500WQHT739 BM MC85 Ops Operations FMN Railroad
161.55000WQHT739 BM MC96 Ops Operations FMN Railroad

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

Fairmount Line
South Station to Readville

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.49000WQHU361 M CSQ MBTA90 Fairm Road FMN Railroad
Fitchburg Line
North Station to Fitchburg

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.59000 BM CSQ MBTA32 Fitch Road FMN Railroad
Framingham/Worcester Line
South Station to Worcester

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.41000 BM CSQ MBTA20 Framg Road FMN Railroad
Franklin Line
South Station to Franklin

Greenbush Line
South Station to Greenbush

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.72500WQHU262 BM CSQ MBTA92 Green Road FMN Railroad
Haverhill Line
North Station to Haverhill

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.32000 BM CSQ MBTA14 Haver Road FMN Railroad
Kingston/Plymouth Line
South Station to Kingston

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.72500WPPX846 BM CSQ MBTA92 Kings Road FMN Railroad
Lowell Line
North Station to Lowell

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.59000 BM CSQ MBTA32 Lowel Road FMN Railroad
Middleborough/Lakeville Line
South Station to Lakeville

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.72500WPMA353 BM CSQ MTBA41 Middl Road FMN Railroad
Needham Line
South Station to Needham

Newburyport/Rockport Line
North Station to Rockport

Providence/Stoughton Line
South Station to Providence

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.92000WPTC200 BM CSQ MBTA54 Provi Road FMN Railroad
160.87500WPPX846 M CSQ MBTA51 Yard Pawtucket Yard FMN Railroad
Rail Operations
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.46000 BM CSQ MBTA90 Trble Mechincal Trouble Desk FMN Railroad
160.81500 BM CSQ MBTA47 Yard Southampton Street Yard FMN Railroad
160.87500 BM CSQ MBTA51 EnTem Boston Engine Terminal FMN Railroad
160.69500 BM CSQ MBTA39 MOW Engineering FMN Railroad
161.56500 BM CSQ MBTA97 MOW Engineering FMN Railroad
Subway System

 MBTA Police are listed under Suffolk County Areawide section of the Suffolk County page.

Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority
EDACS Standard
Subway operations have moved to this system

New England Central Railroad

Palmer Subdivision
New London, CT to Windsor, VT

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.77000 BM CSQ NECR44 Disp Dispatcher FMN Railroad
160.93500 BM CSQ NECR55 Yard Yard Local FMN Railroad
161.20500 BM CSQ NECR73 Yard Yard Local FMN Railroad
161.41500 BM CSQ NECR87 Road Road FMN Railroad

Pan Am Railways

Conn River Main Line

MP 0 (CSXT CP98/Springfield) to MP 49 (Deerfield)

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.52000 M CSQ PanAmTrainToDisp Train to Dispatcher FMN Railroad
161.16000 B CSQ PanAmDispToTrain Dispatcher to Train FMN Railroad
Freight Main Line

MP 274 (Massachusetts State Line) to MP 429 (Vermont State Line). District 2 dispatcher between MP 274 and 312, District 3 dispatcher between MP 312 and 429

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.52000 M CSQ PanAmTrainToDisp Train to Dispatcher FMN Railroad
161.16000 B CSQ PanAmDispToTrain Dispatcher to Train FMN Railroad
Northern Main Line

MP 0 to MP 7 (New Hampshire State Line)

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.52000 M CSQ PanAmTrainToDisp Train to Dispatcher FMN Railroad
161.16000 B CSQ PanAmDispToTrain Dispatcher to Train FMN Railroad
Western Main Line

MP 18 to MP 20

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.52000 M CSQ PanAmTrainToDisp Train to Dispatcher FMN Railroad
161.16000 B CSQ PanAmDispToTrain Dispatcher to Train FMN Railroad
Worcester Main Line

MP 2 to MP 25

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.52000 M CSQ PanAmTrainToDisp Train to Dispatcher FMN Railroad
161.16000 B CSQ PanAmDispToTrain Dispatcher to Train FMN Railroad
East Deerfield Yard
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.23000 BM CSQ PAR08 Car Car Shop FMN Railroad
161.31000 BM CSQ PAR80 Diesel Diesel Shop FMN Railroad
161.40000 BM CSQ PAR86 Yard FMN Railroad

Pioneer Valley Railroad

Easthampton Branch
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
161.08500 BM CSQ PVRR65 EastH Road FMN Railroad
Holyoke Branch
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.33500 BM PVRR15 Holyo Road FMN Railroad

Providence and Worcester

Operations
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
160.65000 BM CSQ PW36 Road Road FMN Railroad
161.10000 BM CSQ PW66 Yard Yard FMN Railroad
161.32500 RM PW81 Yard Yard FMN Railroad
160.75500 RM PW43 MOW Maintenance of Way FMN Railroad
160.89000 RM PW52 Signal Signal Department FMN Railroad