Railroad Radio Communications



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N-S Ross, Ohio DED at MP 171.5 on the former Conrail Fort Wayne Line, with a bit of a speech impediment (this is how it actually sounded, the recording was not modified in any way!)

N-S Massillon, Ohio HBD/DED at MP 109.5 on the former Conrail Fort Wayne Line, right after being changed over from Conrail and not sounding too well.

N-S Massillon, Ohio HBD/DED Problem fixed, but now it's transmitting way off frequency, somewhere around 161.060 mHz instead of 161.070 where it should be.

NOTE: Coming across U.S. 30 on 03/31/01 I heard the Massillon detector again, and it seemed to be back on frequency, but still with the loud background hum as before.



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Radio communications recorded along the Fort Wayne Line between Canton, Ohio and Conway, PA 06/19/99.

The new W&LE HBD/DED at MP 41.8, Cleveland Subdivision catching a dragger. Following it is the Wingfoot detector, MP 43.6 still in service (at the time of the recording, 09/03/99) finding no defects on the same train.

Conrail DED at Wampum, PA (MP 81.2, Youngstown Line, Pittsburgh Divison)

Conrail Chicago Line traffic recorded around MP 165 at the Eastlake detector, not too long after crews on the Dearborn Division had to start calling signals over the radio.

An evening of Canton Conrail action along the Fort Wayne Line on 11/19/98. This just wasn't COPI's night.

An incident at Massillon, Ohio on the Fort Wayne Line, 12/19/98. Doesn't it do your heart good knowing there are such good people on this earth who like to destroy others' property just for kicks???

Conrail HBD/DED at Cherry Valley, Ohio (MP 21.1, Youngstown Line, Pittsburgh Divison)

Conrail Berea Tower radio traffic from the last 2 days of operation before Conrail closed it (11:30 AM, January 31 to 3:30 PM, February 1, 1998). Recorded by Jim-KC8IOR. Part 1 of 4.

Conrail Berea Tower Part 2 of 4.

Conrail Berea Tower Part 3 of 4.

Conrail Berea Tower Part 4 of 4.



Conrail Fort Wayne Line Communications from Canton to Pittsburgh, with some Youngstown Line, 11/08/98.

Conrail Dragging Equipment Detector at the old Water Works, Beaver Falls, PA (MP 91.9,Youngstown Line, Pittsburgh Division).

Conrail Youngstown Line Dispatcher communications in and around Hubbard, Ohio including Youngstown and Meadville Lines, and the Lordstown Secondary. 04/09/98.

Conrail train COLT getting a form-D to run the Lordstown Secondary, and also chatting with Road Railer 261, 08/22/98--the first day of Norfolk-Southern ownership.

A night on the Wheeling and Lake Erie August 8-9, 1998. 37 minutes, 59 seconds.

The Office Car Special coming east on the Cleveland Line, en route to Altoona.

The Conrail HBD/DED at CP Hudson, Ohio not working correctly.

A Conrail train getting a form D from the Youngstown Line dispatcher.




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The W&LE's talking remote control switch at Harmon, Ohio at the junction of the Cleveland and Brewster Subdivisions.
886k

The W&LE's talking remote control switch at the east end of Brewster Yard.
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Wheeling & Lake Erie talking remote control switch recording at Canton Junction, Canton, Ohio (junction of Cleveland Subdivision and Carrollton Branch)
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The W&LE's talking electronic scale at the east end of Brewster Yard. Note: this recording is not in real time, there is quite a bit of silence between transmissions from the scale which I edited out in consideration for file size.
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CSX Hotbox/Dragging Equipment Detector just east of Matthews, NC at MP 317.4 on the Charlotte Subdivision giving axle count and train length. It has since been replaced with one of the newer Harmon detectors that have become common on the CSX system (see below).
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CSX Hotbox/Dragging Equipment Detector just east of Matthews, NC on the Charlotte Sub. Recorded just after being put in to replace the older Matthews detector above.
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The (somewhat) original Conrail DED at Higgins, PA (MP 56.4, Conemaugh Line, Pittsburgh Divsion), now changed to N-S.
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NS HBD/DED at Beaver Falls, PA (MP 30.5, Fort Wayne Line, Pittsburgh Divsion), recorded 02/26/00.
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A couple of the Canton local trains having fun with the 2nd trick Pittsburgh West Dispatcher.
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Bessemer & Lake Erie HBD/DED at Hartstown, PA
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Canadian National radio-controlled locomotive radio transmissions. Recorded in Windsor, Ontario by Jerry Sundin

"Operator requested emergency brake"
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"Low brake pipe pressure"
75k

"Brake recovery in progress"
205k


W&LE HBD/DED catching a slow train.
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The new Conrail Hotbox/Dragging Equipment Detector at Sebring, Ohio, MP 79.6, Fort Wayne Line (it actually looks like they moved it a tenth of a mile or two to the east).
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The OLD Conrail Dragging Equipment Detector at Sebring, Ohio, MP 79.6, Fort Wayne Line.
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CSX hotbox/dragging equipment detector at Easton, Ohio-milepost BG148.0, New Castle Subdivision.
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N-S C44-9W 9199 getting permission from the Conrail Columbus line dispatcher to cross the diamonds at Marion. Itís interesting to note that this was recorded on the N-S road channel, not the Conrail road channel.
315k

Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Hotbox/Dragging Equipment detector at MP 0.0, Pittsburgh, PA. This is how it sounds to this day, (04/28/98), CSX left it alone.
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Conrail Hotbox/Dragging Equipment detector at Maximo, Ohio (MP 89.4, Fort Wayne Line, Pittsburgh Division). An oddity Iíve never heard before. As it gives the axle count, you can hear it also giving the date (4/11/98) and time of day underneath. What caused it to do that I donít know, but it was a one-time thing.
211k

W&LE Hotbox/Dragging Equipment detector at MP 43.6, Cleveland Subdivision, Suffield Twp., Portage Co.
139k

Conrail Dragging Equipment detector at Rock (Steubenville, Ohio) (MP 16.0, River Line, Pittsburgh Division)
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Conrail Dragging Equipment detector at CP Branch, Ohio (MP 1.0, River Line, Pittsburgh Division)
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Conrail Dragging Equipment Detector at Lowe, (Lowellville, Ohio) (MP 65.2, Youngstown Line, Pittsburgh Division)
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Conrail Hotbox/Dragging Equipment Detector at East Palestine, Ohio (MP 49.8, Fort Wayne Line, Pittsburgh Division) about a mile from the PA border. If youíre close to this detector when it goes off, donít have your radio too loud or itíll blow you clean out of your car.
192k

Conrail Hotbox/Dragging Equipment Detector at New Milford, Ohio, Rootstown Township, Portage Co. (MP 81.0, Cleveland Line, Pittsburgh Division). Another loud buzzer.
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A friendly exchange between the Conrail Motor Yard (MP 105.4, Cleveland Line) Yardmaster and the crew on ELPI. Recording by XNJon.
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