Tri-Cities, WA (Pasco Area) Print E-mail


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BNSF/ UP Tri-Cities WA area


 You will hear BNSF trains traversing between the Fallbridge, Lakeside, and Yakima Valley Subdivisions. The Tri-Cities consists of Pasco, Richland, and Kennewick, Washington. There is alot of traffic on this stream as there are a ton of trains arriving, departing, and crew changing in Pasco Yard. The BNSF main tracks through Pasco are controlled by a control operator called the "Pasco Telegraph." You will hear several crew shuttle vans transporting crews all across the area.You will also hear UP Dispatcher 41 controlling trains on the Ayer Subdivision. UP trains heard are often traveling to or from points north in Canada. The UP also has two switch jobs (LID40 and LID48) that service customers in the area. You will also hear the Columbia and Walla Walla railroad interchanging with the UP at Wallula.


BNSF frequencies

  • 161.445 AAR ch89 (Pasco Telegraph control operator)
  • 161.160 AAR ch70 (Lakeside Sub - Pasco to the North)
  • 161.415 AAR ch87 (Fallbridge Sub - Kennewick to the south)
  • 161.250 AAR ch76 (Yakima Valley Sub - Kennewick to the west

UP frequencies

  • 160.740 AAR ch42 (Ayer Sub - UP Dispatcher 41)


Defect Detectors Heard 

  • MP 130.5 - BNSF Lakeside Sub: Dragging Equipment - talk on defect only
  • MP 134.6 - BNSF Lakeside Sub: Hot box, Dragging Equipment, & Axle Count
  • MP 138.7 - BNSF Lakeside Sub - Mains 1 & 2: Dragging Equipment - talk on defect only
  • MP 220.2 - BNSF Fallbridge Sub: Hot box, Dragging Equipment & Axle Count - talk on defect only
  • MP 221.0 - UP Ayer Sub: Dragging Equipment - talk on defect only

The following videos depict some of the action around the Tri-Cities.


This Video depicts some of the action at Pasco yard and the coal train "re-spray facility. Video provided by BNSF Railway.



Technical info:

The stream reciever is located in Kennewick, WA.  The receiver is a Kenwood TK-790 connected to a copper tube J-Pole antenna fed with LMR-400 coax. The antenna is mounted 20 feet above the house.  The reciever is connected to a Barix In-Streamer to encode the audio which is fed to the Shoutcast Distributed Audio Server.

This stream is broadcasting courtesy of Jason J Hill of Kennewick, WA.