Ohio Railroad Radio Frequencies

This radio installed in an Amtrak F40PH locomotive is capable of receiving and transmitting on all AAR radio channels.
This radio installed in an Amtrak F40PH locomotive is capable of receiving and transmitting on all AAR radio channels.

Shown below are many of the radio frequencies that have been assigned for railroad use in Ohio. The frequencies are in numerical order by railroad. The number at far left is the megahertz frequency number while the center number is the AAR channel number. To the right is a description of the use that is made of that frequency by each railroad. Note that not all frequencies shown are used frequently and some may not be used at all at present.

CSX Transportation

160.230          08          Road Channel

                                            New Castle and Willard (ex-B&O)

                                            Sterling and Lorain/Cleveland (ex-B&O)

                                            Columbus and Toledo (ex-C&O)

                                             Toledo and Cincinnati (ex-B&O)

160.245          09          Yard Channel


160.290          12            Dispatcher Channel

                                              Toledo and Hamilton (ex-B&O)

 160.320          14            Dispatcher Channel

                                            New Castle, Pa., and Greenwich (ex-B&O)

                                               Sterling and Lorain/Cleveland (ex-B&O)

                                               Columbus and Toledo (ex-C&O)

160.485           25            Dispatcher Channel

                                               Columbus and Galion (ex-Conrail/NYC)

160.530           28           Yard Channel

                                                Parsons Yard Channel 2 (Columbus)

                                             Willard Eastbound, Westbound Yardmasters

                                                 New Castle, Akron, Lordstown

                                                 Willard Yard engine terminal)

160.590          32             Car Department

                                                 Parsons Yard (Columbus)

160.605          33             Dispatcher Channel

                                              Columbus and Toledo (ex-Conrail/NYC

 160.635           35            Dispatcher Channel

                                  Pemberville, Carrothers Subdivisons (Detroit Division)

160.680            38            Dispatcher Channel

                                           Indianapolis and Bellefontaine (ex-Conrail/NYC)

160.785             45            Maintenance of Way Operations

 160.800           46            Yard Channel

                                                  Former Conrail yards

                                                   Dispatcher Channel

                                             Cleveland and Greenwich (ex-Conrail/NYC)

                                                   Road Channel

                                              Indianapolis and Bellefontaine (ex-Conrail/NYC)

160.860              50            Road Channel

                                               Bellefontaine and Erie, Pa. (ex-Conrail/NYC)

                                               Columbus and Galion (ex-Conrail/NYC)

                                                Toledo and Ridgeway (ex-Conrail/NYC)

160.875              51              CSX Police (Huntington Division)

160.890              52            Dispatcher Channel

                                                    Toledo terminal subdivision

160.935               55            Yard Channel

                                                     Willard Yard Departure Yardmaster

161.100                66             Dispatcher Channel

                                                    Cincinnati terminal subdivision

161.160                70              Yard Channel

                                                     Parsons Yard Channel 1 (Columbus)

                                                     Willard Yard Car Department

                                                     Clark Avenue Yard (Cleveland)

 161.265              77                 PBX

161.370              84                 Dispatcher Channel

                                                       Deshler and Garrett, Ind. (ex-B&O)

161.520              94                 Dispatcher Channel

                                                  Columbus and Russell, Ky. (ex-C&O)

                                                   Greenwich and Deshler (ex-B&O)

                                                   Willard terminal subdivision

                                                   Cleveland and Erie, Pa. (ex-Conrail/NYC)

Norfolk Southern

160.350           16                    Yard Channel

                                                       Buckeye Yard (Columbus), Hump 1

                                                       Rockport Yard (Cleveland)

160.380          18                     Maintenance of Way

                                                       Columbus and Sandusky Districts

160.440           22                  Road and Dispatcher Channel

                                                      Cincinnati and New Castle, Ind. (ex-N&W)

                                                      Yard Channel

                                                      Watkins Yard (Columbus)

                                                      Bellevue Yard

160.515            27                   PBX (Lake Division)

160.560            30                  NS Police (Pittsburgh Division)

160.620            34                   Car Department

                                                        Bellevue Yard

160.755             43                   Yard Channel

                                                          Buckeye Yard (Columbus), Hump 2

160.800              46                  Road and Dispatcher Channel

                                                          Toledo and Chicago (ex-Conrail/NYC)

                                                          Toledo and Detroit (ex-Conrail/NYC)

                                                          Youngstown and Ashtabula (ex-Conrail)

                                                          Youngstown and Warren Secondary lines

                                                           Meadville, Pa., line (ex-Conrail/Erie)

 160.860              50                   Yard Channel

                                                            Goodman Yard (Lordstown)

                                                             Hazelton Yard (Youngstown)

160.905               53                Communications and Signal Department

                                                        Buckeye Yard (Columbus)

160.920               54               Yard Channel

                                                        Buckeye Yard (Columbus) Yardmaster

160.980                58              Road and Dispatcher Channel

                                                       Berea and Vickers (Toledo) (ex-Conrail/NYC)

                                                       Columbus and Cincinnati (ex-Conrail)

                                                       Columbus and Hillard (ex-Conrail)

                                                        Yard Channel

                                                         Goodman Yard (Lordstown)

                                                         Chrysler Yard (Twinsburg)

160.995                  59              Crew Vans

                                                          Buckeye Yard (Columbus)

161.055                   63              Maintenance of Way

                                                         Lake and Pittsburgh Divisions (ex-Conrail lines)

161.070                    64             Road and Dispatcher Channel

                                                         Berea and Pittsburgh (ex-Conrail/NYC/PRR)

                                                         Alliance and Crestline (ex-Conrail/PRR)

                                                   Columbus and Dickinson, W.Va. (ex-Conrail/NYC)

                                                         Cleveland and Parma (ex-C0nrail/NYC)

                                                          Toledo terminal area (ex-Conrail lines)

                                                     Yard Channel

                                                      Moraine Yard (Dayton)

                                                      Reed Yard (Middletown)

                                                      Sharon Yard  (Cincinnati)

161.130                      68         PBX (former Conrail territories)

161.190                       72        Road and Dispatcher Channel

                                                      Sandusky and Portsmouth (ex-N&W)

                                                      Yard Channel

                                                      East 55th Street Yard (Cleveland)

161.205                       73         NS Police

                                                        Lake and Pittsburgh Divisions

161.250                       76         Road and Dispatcher

                                                         Buffalo and Fostoria (ex-N&W/NKP)

                                                         Yard Channel

                                                         Watkins Yard (Columbus)

161.325                         81          Yard Channel

                                                          Buckeye Yard (Columbus), pulldown

161.340                         82         Yard Channel

                                                          Bellevue Yard, Route 4 hump

161.400                          86        Yard Channel

                                                           Buckeye Yard (Columbus), pulldown

161.430                            88       Yard Channel

                                                           Ashtabula coal dock

161.460                             90      Car Department

                                                            Buckeye Yard (Columbus)

161.490                             92       Maintenance of Way

                                                            Pittsburgh Division

161.505                              93      Yard Channel

                                                             Buckeye Yard (Columbus), pulldown

161.565                                97      Yard Channel

                                                              Bellevue Yard, Route 4 pulldown

                                                              Rockport Yard (Cleveland)

Ashland Railway

161.175                 71      Road and Dispatcher

Bessemer & Lake Erie

160.215                07     Conneaut Car Department

160.485               25      Car Department

160.830              48      Road and Dispatcher Channel

161.040               62     Yard Operations, electric department

161.220                74    Maintenance of Way

161.310                81     Yard Operations

161.550               96     Yard Operations

Byesville Scenic Railroad

461.500                        General Operations

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

160.260              10    General Operations

160.290              12   General Operations

160.380             18    General Operations

160.960            57   General Operations

161.325             81   General Operations

Flats Industrial Railroad (Cleveland)

160.215            07   General Operations

160.305            13    General Operations

Great Miami & Scioto

160.905             53      General Operations

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

161.355              83     General Operations

Indiana & Ohio

161.220             74    Road and Dispatcher Channel

                                         DT&I, Midland subdivisions

161.295             79     Road and Dispatcher Channel

                                          Logan and Greenfield subdivisions

161.385             85      Road and Dispatcher Channel

                                           Cincinnati terminal area

Indiana Northeastern

161.100             66     General Operations

ISG Cleveland Works Railway

160.470            24     General Operations

161.370             84     General Operations

Lake Terminal

160.365             17     Maintenance of Way

160.590            32      General Operations

160.755            43      General Operations

160.905            53      General Operations

161.040            62      General Operations

161.505             93     Trainmaster

Lorain & West Virgina

160.830            48    General Operations

Mahoning Valley

160.965           57     General Operations

Newburgh & South Shore (Cleveland)

160.890          52      General Operations

Nimishillen & Tuscarawas (Canton)

161.295           79      General Operations

161.355           83       General Operations

161.455          89         General Operations

Ohio Central

160.215          07         Road and Dispatcher Channel

160.845          49          Switching Operations in Youngstown area


160.845          49          General Operations

Republic Technologies (Canton area)

160.815          47          General Operations

R.J. Corman

160.455          23          Road and Dispatcher

160.845          49          Derailment Response Team

Wabash & Maumee (Toledo area)

161.355          83          General Operations

161.490          92          General Operations

 Wheeling & Lake Erie

160.650          36          Akron Barberton Cluster Operations

161.025          61          Road and Dispatcher Channel

161.250          76          Yard Operations in Brewster

9 Responses to “Ohio Railroad Radio Frequencies”

  1. john aston Says:

    looking for best place around toledo to night photograph trains?

    • Toledo Says:

      You can try Vickers where CSX and NS cross each other. There is a car detail shop, you can park (at least during the day) there and get some great pictures. I have several other spots. I do photography even at 4am until 6am. Its in my neighborhood so the people know me. I get several CSX trains. I would not recomend this unless you were with me. I have many other great spots that are private. I will share with a friend, but in the Rail fan community it is hard to find friends as most want to be the next big thing in rail photography or DVDs. And they have some sort of nerdy high school science club type pecking order. No one tells me or my wife where or when to rail fan. There are way to many nerds out there who could care less about trains only to be in charge of other rail fans. If we meet it will give you an idea why no one bothers us. I am proud of the fact that I have more pictures and video that anyone who sells DVD and pictures would go crazy over. I am from a RR family with three retired and have acess. God BLess

  2. Phil Swartz Says:

    I am new to the Akron area and am just looking for the active frequencies for this area. Not looking to be the next superstar just looking to listen in. So if you can please give me a hand that would be great, it will save me time in loading all of them.
    Thanks for your help,

    Cool list I am sure it took some work to put it together, thanks.

  3. Chuck Case Says:

    Just to add a note about NS in deep southern Ohio. NS uses 161.250 east of Portsmouth on the Kenova district for train/ dispatcher communication.

  4. John Overholser Says:

    What is the frequency CSX for the tower in Indianapolis to Bellefontaine Ohio ???

  5. Leanna Shaberly Says:

    I’d like to add my thanks to those who compiled the above list. Fantastic. I just bought property that abuts the CSX track between Toledo & Deshler. Didn’t check where it went on south of there. I’m just southwest of Tontogany. I also have a siding so I get to watch stopped trains, passing in either direction, single and double engines (no cars) going north and back south. I’ve also seen trains go through red lights, and it dawned on me that there must be some radio communications to have the engineers proceeding against the light. Are there any clubs in Wood County? I know about stuff going on in Fostoria, just wondered if anything further north.

  6. John Cartwright, WA8LGM Says:

    Thanks all for operations information. I might also add that, during operations, the frequency of 161.415 is used by us as an operational frequency for Cleveland Terminal and Valley or Midwest Railway Preservation Society. We will be ready for the narrow-banding operation coming on the 1st of January 2013.

  7. John Cartwright, WA8LGM Says:

    BTW: There is a lot of changes going to happen here in the coming year. Come on down and take a look at us some weekend. We’d be glad to show you around.

  8. John Cartwright, WA8LGM Says:

    Just curious: does anyone know know the radio frequencies for the Cleveland Commercial Railroad? Would be nice to know. Thanks

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