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BNSF Seattle Sub (South End)


    We hear the Centralia South Dispatcher running BNSF, Amtrak, and UP trains from Tenino, WA to Vancouver, WA.  Amtrak and the Union Pacific have trackage rights over BNSF Centralia South's territory.  We will often hear trains switching in Centralia yard, as well as Puget Sound and Pacific trains interchanging with BNSF at Centralia.  For PS&P traffic, please listen to the Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad stream .

BNSF Seattle Sub frequencies

  • 161.100 AAR ch66 (Centralia South Dispatcher - From Nisqually, WA to Vancouver, WA)
  • 161.415 AAR ch87 (Centralia North Dispatcher - From Tukwila, WA to Nisqually, WA) <not monitored on this stream>
  • 161.160 AAR ch70 (Seattle Terminal Dispatcher - From Seattle, WA to Tukwila, WA)  <not monitored on this stream>
  • 161.250 AAR ch76 (Vancouver Terminal Dispatcher - Vancouver, WW to Portland, OR) <not monitored on this stream>
  • 160.920 AAR ch54 M of W <not monitored on this stream>

Defect Detectors Heard 

  • MP 57.9 - Mains 1 & 2 Hot box, Dragging Equipment & Axle Count
  • MP 87.4 - Mains 1 & 2 Hot box, Dragging Equipment & Axle Count
  • MP 113.5 - Mains 1 & 2 Hot box, Dragging Equipment & Axle Count
  • MP 130.5 - Mains 1 & 2 Hot box, Dragging Equipment & Axle Count

Other stuff heard...

Due to the high elevation of the site, you will often hear other transmissions comming from north of Seattle on the Scenic sub and portions of the diapatchers talking on the Oregon Trunk sub. You will also hear trains entering and leaving the Tacoma Rail yard in Tacoma.


Defect Detectors Heard

  • MP 1740.5 - Hot box, Dragging Equipment
  • MP 1751.8 - Hot box, Dragging Equipment & Axle Count
  • MP 1762.2 - Hot box, Dragging Equipment, Temprature & Axle Count
  • MP 1771.1 - Hot box, Dragging Equipment & Axle Count
  • MP 1776.2 - Hot box, Dragging Equipment & Axle Count

Live Chehalis Virtual Railfan Camera

The hosts of this stream also provide a live video feed on YouTube through Virtual Railfan, INC. This camera is installed on the former Northern Pacific Passenger Depot in downtown Chehalis, WA. The depot is graciously maintained by the Lewis County Historical Museum. 

 In conjunction with the camera, the hosts also operate The OS, a crowdsourced virtual train sheet that records each rail movement past the camera.


Technical info:

The stream reciever is located on Bawfaw (Boistfort) Peak, aproximately 3,100 feet above sea level.  The receiver is a Kenwood TK-790 fed by a Decibel Products DB264-A 4-bay folded dipole antenna with LMR-900 coax.  A preselector filter removes interference from other radios at the site, and an active multicoupler splits the output of the filter to multiple radios.  The antenna is mounted 40 feet above the ground on the side of an 80 foot tower.  The reciever is connected to a Pi-Streamer to encode the audio and feed it to the Shoutcast Distributed Audio Server over a microwave internet link.

For photos of the Site & Equipment Click Here.

This stream is broadcasting courtesy of Dale Skyllingstad of Tacoma, WA, Robert Scott of Rochester, WA, and Jason J Hill of Kennewick, WA