NS/CSX Lafayette-Logansport-Rensselaer Indiana

 

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LAFAYETTE INDIANA - AMTRAK CARDINAL - HOOSIER STATE PASSENGER TRAINS 

ABOVE LINKS ARE FOR THE MONON TOWER

 

BELOW LINKS ARE FOR THE DELPHI TOWER

LAFAYETTE INDIANA AREA - AMTRAK CARDINAL

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AMTRAK CARDINAL PASSENGER TRAIN COMES THROUGH NORTHBOUND IN THE MORNING THREE DAYS A WEEK AND SOUTHBOUND IN THE EVENING

 

ON THE LAST PAGE IS A LINK TO A REAL TIME RADIO PROPAGATION PAGE

CHECK THIS TO SEE IF RADIO SIGNAL "SKIP" IS OCCURRING TODAY

 

BE SURE AND CHECK OUT THE MUSEUM AND RESTAURANT WHEN IN MONON - SEE LINK BELOW.

 

ONE PAGE BELOW IS FOR THE NS, ONE FOR THE CSX, AND THE THIRD IS FOR EVERYTHING ELSE.

 

 

 

NORFOLK SOUTHERN DELPHI TOWER - LAFAYETTE DISTRICT - DECATUR, ILLINOIS DISPATCHER FROM LAFAYETTE AND DELPHI BASES

NS 50 (352) Lafayette District Road and Decatur Dispatcher (former Wabash)

Coverage area is on the main line Lafayette-Dayton-Delphi-Logansport

also some Frankfort Branch and Yard activities


Radio coverage area is Peru, Logansport, Delphi, Lafayette, West Point, Attica.

 

Some radio traffic heard is also off the Frankfort Branch former (Big 4 - NKP), which accesses NS's south Yard and the Subaru factory. There is an occasional detector heard on the Frankfort Branch near Mulberry, Indiana.  Six tracks of the South Yard are referred to as the "C" Yard.  There are also "A-B-and C" Yards.

 

Normally times in use on the NS are from the central time zone.

 

The most relevent mileposts from west to east for the NS are:

300.4 Danville Jct (Crossing of CSX)

296.4 Eldan

293.1 Illinois-Indiana State Line

293.6 WIL Detector

288.2 Marshfield - 14,890' Siding

280.5 Williamsport Hot Box Detector - 

276.6 Attica

274.2 Riverside 11,707' Siding

268.8 Flint Hotbox Detector

263.8 West Point - 12,575' Siding

257.9 Demun - Junction of Frankfort Branch to NS South Yard and Dayton

256.8 Lafayette Junction - CSX Monon Subdivision and KBS Interchanges - Double Cross Overs

254.9 Royer - Double Crossovers to Parallel Track

253.1 East Yard

250.3 East Yard Hotbox Detector

250.0 Buck Creek

244.0 Colburn - 12,700' Siding

241.4 Delphi

236.7 Delphi Hotbox Detector

233.9 Yuill - 8,375' Siding

232.2 Rockfield

225.0 Clymers Hotbox Detector

224.3 Clymers - 12,400' Siding

221.9 Penn

218.5 Logansport - Crossing TPW and WSRY

215.1 Danes

212.6 Sycamore - 12,800' Siding

209.5 New Waverly Hotbox Detector

204.5 West Peru

202.5 Peru

200.2 Junction Huntington District

 

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.

 

GO TO CSX ON THE NEXT PAGE

 

 

 

CSX MONON SUBDIVISION

LAFAYETTE, MONON, RENSSELAER


Channel 84 is the road channel. This is still the route of the Amtrak Cardinal passenger train. Dispatcher channel 12 may also be on the scan, depending upon traffic.  

The Magnetation facility at Reynolds as of 2019 is defunct and reportedly will be demolished.

 

PTC went active on the Monon Subdivision in October 2018.

 

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.

 

This Class I railroad (former Monon- coded Q) times are generally based on eastern time in use at the Jacksonville. Dispatchers may or may not still identify as Calumet City. Some extra board shifts are still physically located at Calumet, while as of mid-2019 other shifts may be physically located at Jacksonville.

 

Relevent mileposts from north to south are:

 

DG 25.1 Thornton Junction (RB Dispatcher) - Interchange with Union Pacific

DG 31.1 Munster (RA Dispatcher)

Q27.9 Dyer Passenger Station (DYE)

Q29.1 CN Crossing (former EJ&E)

Q33.3 NS Crossing

Q36.8 Lowell Defect Detector

Q48.1 Shelby Siding North End - 10,965' Siding Built for the now-defunt Magnetation Plant

Q50.4 Shelby Siding South End

Q52.6 NS Crossing to Wheatfield Power Plant

Q54.1 Thayer Defect Detector

Q56.5 N End Roselawn - 4,495' Siding

Q57.7 S End Roselawn

Q67.1 N End Surrey - 4,330' Siding

Q68.1 S End Surrey

Q72.3 Rensselaer Passenger Station (REN)

Q73-73.8 Rensselaer Car Storage Track

Q75.7 Iriqouis River Defect Detector - 8 Watts

         Pleasant Ridge

         McCoysburg

         Lee

Q86.2 North End West Pass - 9,335' Siding

Q87.3 South End West Pass

Q88.3 Monon - Monticello Branch - Elkhart and Western Railroad (eff. 1-18-18)

Q88.5 Monon - Medaryville Branch Line

Q92.8 Monon Defect Detector

Q95.1 North Reynolds Pass (Reynolds is the site of the defunct Magnetation Plant)

Q95.9 South Reynolds Pass - Storage Track - TP&W Crossing

          Smithson

          Chalmers

Q105.1 North End Brookston - 5,304' Siding

Q106.1 South End Brookston

           Ash Grove

Q113.3 Battleground Defect Detector - 8 Watts

Q115.5 Lafayette Yard Limits (Farmers Crssing)

           Sagamore Parkway

Q118.8 9th Street

Q119.4 Salem Street

Q120.1 Lafayette Passenger Station (LAF)

Q120.5 Lafayette Junction (NS and KBS Crossing - NS Controlled)

Q121.4 North End Lafayette Junction Siding(4,011 foot siding)

Q122.3 South End Lafayette Junction Siding

Q127.5  North End Switzer Siding (9,780 foot siding)

Q129.8 South End Switzer Siding

Q130.6 South Raub Defect Detector - 25 Watts

Q135.6 North End Linden Siding(6,795 foot siding)

Q136.8 South End Linden Siding

Q147.4 Crawfordsville Passenger Station

Q148.2  Junction Crawfordsville Branch (Amtrak Route to Indianapolis)

Q148.3  Elmore - Newly designated radio switching point between Indy and Cal City Dispatchers

 

Indianapolis dispatcher for the Crawfordsville Branch (Amtrak route) is channel 30(6) and the road channel is 46.  It takes about an hour for Amtrak to traverse the Crawfordsville Branch from Clermont and around the Indianapolis Airport to Crawfordsville.

 

MORE RAILROAD INFORMATION ON THE NEXT PAGE

 

 

 

OTHER CHANNELS HEARD FROM TIME TO TIME

 

All of the original AAR channels are in use in this region.  A good resource is the CARMA website (Chicago Area Radio Monitoring Association).

 

More distant channels that may be added or subtracted from the scan from time to time, or may be heard depending on weather or radio tropo "skip" conditions. We often get stray signals from Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan, as well as regular dispatcher towers in Indiana and Illinois:

 

8 CSX across northern Indiana (dispatcher on channel 84)

 

20/65 Union Pacific Villa Grove, former C&EI from Chicago and Dolton Yard to Watseka, Woodland Junction(channel 20) and south (channel 65).  Some UP dispatching is also heard on channel 94.

 

28/30/32 CN south and east of Chicago.  Much of this is former EJ&E. (30 is also the CSX between Crawfordsville and Indianapolis).

 

34/46 Norfolk Southern. Chicago line Porter-Elkhart now channel 34. 46 is still used either side of this segment.

 

63 Kankakee Branch dispatching for coal train operations to the NIPSO power plant at Schneider.  Dearborn often now handles the former Kankakee towers.

 

66 BNSF Union Avenue Chicago, a powerful legacy former Santa Fe channel and Aurora Road Ch. 70

 

72 CN Carbondale-Champaign-Chicago

 

86 TP&W  Not very active, and seldom uses much radio dispatching, there are occasionally some short agricultural chemical trains passing through, and some windfarm turbines and blade arrival at the Hoosierlift facility.

 

92 NS Premier Corridor, B Line Ft. Wayne to Chicago.

 

93 Amtrak Michigan, when band conditions are optimal

35 CSX Michigan, when band conditions are optimal

 

NS switching activities in Lafayette also sometimes take place on channels 8 and 76.

 

 

If you are in the Monon area, check out the

 

Monon museum and whistle stop restaurant

 

north of Monon.  http://www.mononconnection.com

 

 

 

THE AMTRAK CARDINAL

 

 Hoosier State was discontinued July 1, 2019 due to the refusal of the state of Indiana to appropriate funding to support it.  Equipment moves between Beech Grove shops and Chicago will no longer take place in Hoosier State trains. 

 

Cardinal (51) runs northbound on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.  Train 50 runs southbound on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

 

 

TROPOSPHERIC ENHANCEMENT

Things sometimes go nuts on the VHF radio due to weather conditions.  We get a lot of signals off of temperature inversions (skip) caused by Lake Michigan, and when low pressure frontal systems move through the midwest. Tropospheric and sporadic-e transmissions may also be heard from time to time.

If you are interested in this, check this link.  It is to the tropospheric activity maps generated from amateur radio packet transmission paths.  This shows the 144 mhz. reception paths, which can routinely reach several hundred miles. While it is 20 mhz. elow the 161 mhz rail radio band, events that affects 144 often spread to 161. This page does not work well with some windows versions any longer, try firefox or some other browser.

 

 

Here is a link for a nearly real-time propagation map.

 

http://aprs.mennolink.org

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES ON THE CSX

 

The Monon Subdivision has communications installations at these locations. The are currently licenses for both analog and digital emissions at these sites, but only the analog licenses are being used.

 

 

Cedar Lake (Whitesville) - WNCE819 - 8 Watt Detector

St. John - WNCR - 45 Dispatcher - 4 channels

Shelby- WQUX390 - 30 Watt Dispatcher - 2 Channel

Lowell - WQUX390 - 25 Watt Dispatcher - 160.785

Thayer - KNGN838 - 25 watt detector

Parr - (North of Rensselaer) - KVM389 - 45 Watt Dispatcher - 3 Channels

Rensselaer - (Iriquois River) WNCE819 - 8 Watt Detector - A new digital voice here was installed 1-2017

Monon KXE633 - 60' Pole, 4 channels, 35/45 watt - Licensed on 10 14 45 and 84

          KSF920 - 45' Pole at Depot - 2 channels, licensed 84 and 94

Reynolds - WQUX390 - 25 Watt Dispatcher - 160.785 - Channel 45

Battle Ground - WNCE819 - 8 watt detector

Lafayette - KEX475 - 75' TOWER AT YARD - 8 CHANNEL DISPATCHER,  7 40/45 WATT - ONE 75 WATT TRANSMITTER -Licensed channels are 12 14 16 24 45 71 84 88

South Raub - KNGN838 25 watt detector

Linden -WQSG792 - 90 FOOT DISPATCHER TOWER 45 WATT 3 CHANNEL

Crawfordsville -WPJP935 75 WATT (INDIANAPOLIS) DISPATCHER 3 CHANNEL

Lizton - WQKM658 - 6 Watt Detector