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THE MOHAWK VALLEY RAILFAN
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Perched over 400 feet above the
Mohawk River and the CSX Chicago mainline
(ex-NYC Water Level Route) is the antenna bringing live scanner
from the areas railroads! This ultimate vantage point for a receiving
overlooks the valley from one of the highest points in Montgomery County!
The antenna is 1.4 miles south of CP 198 on CSXT's Mohawk Subdivision.
What you will hear when connected
to the scanner feed...
The Road channel (PRIORITY) broadcasts
transmissions from trains and defect detectors.
This is the main signal from the scanner and dominates the airwaves. Transmissions have been
heard clearly from mile post 173 to mile post 215,
an east-west spread of over 40 miles! Even stronger radios can also be heard (although not as clearly)
beyond this range.
You will hear train crews calling signals as they travel.
Some crews will
clearly ID the location, train symbol,
lead engine number, and other information. Trains will also on occasion use this channel to communicate with MOW crews,
and the ND Dispatcher, located at Selkirk, NY, about 56 rail miles to the east.
The MP 200.7 (Fort Plain, NY)
defect detector is clear as a bell, and will announce the track number (#1 is
the north track), and axle count. The detector in Amsterdam at MP177.4 (over 20 miles to
the east) can also
be heard, although weather and atmosphere conditions will affect the clarity.
The dispatcher channel is also monitored and
is often used when a train crew needs to receive special instructions.
The District 3 dispatcher can be heard talking to
trains and work crews on the west end.
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