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NORTHERN SUBURBS OF LAFAYETTE, INDIANA, SOUTH OF CHICAGO

 

 

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LAFAYETTE - DELPHI - LOGANSPORT RECEIVER

LAFAYETTE INDIANA AREA - AMTRAK CARDINAL

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This site rebroadcasts land mobile rail channels off the air in the vicinity of Lafayette, Indiana. A Kenwood radio is encoded by a raspberry pi that feeds either through the Starlink constellation or a ground-based DSL copper pair, whichever works. Fibre optic has bypassed us in the land that time forgot. All legacy channels 7-97 are in use in the Chicago region. A digital repeater is now on channel 97 (seldom used and has CW identification), but most signals are still analog.

 

A time zone boundary between eastern and central time runs through the coverage area.

Do not let it mess you up!

 

AMTRAK CARDINAL PASSENGER TRAIN 51 IS NORTHBOUND ON CSX IN THE MORNING MONDAY THURSDAY AND SATURDAY. SOUTHBOUND TRAIN 50 RUNS EVENINGS ON TUESDAY THURSDAY AND SATURDAY.

IN 2023 THE PATTERN CONTINUES FOR 51 TO BRING EXTRA EQUIPMENT FROM BEECH GROVE SHOP NORTHBOUND TO CHICAGO ON MONDAY MORNING, AND TO ATTACH SOUTHBOUND ON SATURDAY NIGHT.  THERE CAN BE TUE/THUR MOVES, AND AN OCCASIONAL SPECIAL TRAIN FOLLOWING CLOSE BEHIND #50 AS WELL.

 

YOU CAN TELL WHETHER THERE IS EXTRA EQUIPMENT BY LISTENING TO THE AXLE COUNT DETECTOR. THE BASIC TRAIN 50/51 IS 24 AXLES NORMALLY.

 

NORFOLK SOUTHERN 

NS 50 Lafayette District Road and Decatur Dispatcher (former Wabash)

Coverage area is on the main line Lafayette-Dayton-Delphi-Logansport. Two talking detectors on the main line in the vicinity of Delphi normally they only announce "no defects."


At West Peru, the Huntington District Dispatcher takes over on channel 18 (923).

At Frankfort, the Frankfort Branch changes over to the old main channel, 22.

 

There is a good bit of switching activity in the Lafayette area, both on the north side, and down by Subaru on the south end connecting to Dayton and Frankfort yard. We usually omit the switching channels 8 39 49 72 and 76.

 

 

CSX MONON SUBDIVISION

LAFAYETTE, MONON, RENSSELAER


Channel 84 is the CSX road channel. This is still the route of the Amtrak Cardinal passenger train. Dispatcher channel is 12.

 

The Magnetation facility at Reynolds  is defunct. It only operated for a year or two, after CSX put in extensive improvents. The circular storage trackage is visible from outer space, and could easily accomodate a grain processing facility. The ethanol facility east of Rensselaer is still active.

 

There are low power talking defect detectors at Pleasant Ridge and Battle Ground that are seldom heard, and an axle count defect detector between Reynolds and Monon that is reliably heard.

 

PTC went active on the Monon Subdivision in October 2018. There is still a yard office in Lafayette that talks to crews.  There is a yard office in Monon that sometimes is staffed, and a switcher is still maintained there.

 

Effective January 18, 2018 the Elkhart & Western Railroad acquired the Monticello Branch, between Monon and Monticello.  There is one customer remaining on that line.

The spur from Monon to Francisville continues to be CSX-owned and maintained. CSX has two small storage yards at Monon, often spotting grain cars.

 

TP&W interchanges with CSX at Reynolds, usually with trains from the west, and from time to time may talk to the CSX dispatcher in order to get permission to move between Reynolds and Lafayette. From time to time there may also be TP&W switching at Reynolds or elsewhere on channel 86. To the east of Reynolds there is very little activity, usually only one local run per week, typically on Tuesdays. 

 



 

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