doepack wrote:I recall seeing them recently on 109, the 1435 out of Randolph (er, sorry; Millenium Station) to Michigan City. Don't know if they're still assigned there (hey justalurker, I think you're being paged on this one...)
I don't know all of the runs ... the last that was posted was "off peak" without numbers. Sorry.
dylan92oakes wrote:Also, on a side note... do you know the radio channels South Shore uses if I were to ride out there?
Based on FCC information:
# CH1 - 161.355 (AAR 83) Simplex; Birchim to Wagner (Mile 19-53, Porter and LaPorte Counties)
# CH2 - 161.355 (AAR 83) Repeater / 161.010 (AAR 60) Input; South Bend to Birchim (Mile 1-19), Wagner to Kensington (Mile 53-76)
# CH3 - 161.025 (AAR 61) Simplex; Illinois Central (Metra - Kensington to Chicago)
# CH4 - 161.100 (AAR 66) Simplex; Maintenance
All trains east of Kensington listen to 161.355
You should be able to listen to 161.355 to hear anything going on close to you (dispatcher and trains) ... if you are between Kensington and Ogden Dunes or east of "Birchim" (near Rolling Prairie) the trains transmit on 161.010 but listen on 161.355. If they are hitting the repeater you should be able to pick up the train through the repeater along with the dispatcher.
I'm not sure how NICTD feels about scanners on their trains. The headphone rules would obviously apply. Reception of the dispatcher from inside the tin can cars (no disrespect intended) may be limited. I'd probably set the scanner for 161.355 and 161.010 just in case.
Indiana Law restricts mobile/portable scanner use. The issue is radios capable
of receiving signals intended for police emergency purposes. In general mobile/portable radio use is banned with limited exceptions.
See http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/t ... 35-44-3-12
(I'd love to find an inexpensive radio that is only capable of receiving railroad frequencies for legal portable use.)
I was about to post a scanner related question ... so I'm glad you brought it up. I've managed to pick up some of the transmissions from South Shore trains but they do not seem to be a very verbose railroad. I'd like to hear from others with experience what (in general) they have heard. I heard a couple trains getting permission to pass through work zones earlier this week but not much else. What should someone with a scanner expect to hear?