Here we discuss various filmographers who filmed various Railroad Video DVDs and Audio CDs, that we own and have available for purchase.

Keith Lehman
Keith is originally from the East-Central IN area, surrounded by many railroad lines where he grew up.  He watched the PRR, N&W, and Penn Central, then later filmed Conrail, NS, and CSX.  He worked as a paper salesman, then became a conductor for CSX in the early 2000s.  He has filmed trains since the mid-late 1980s.  Very knowledgeable about railroad history, Keith has surrounded himself with railroading most of his life.  He has filmed in CO, OH, IN, TN, PA, NY, FL, GA, MO, Canada, and more.   He retired from railroading and selling his videos, but we now own his works and have them available for purchase.  Catch his filmography in our Keith’s Trains Series™ of videos #1 – #210.

R. Kuhn
Mr. Kuhn has filmed trains for many years.  From West-Central OH,    he has traveled to many places to film, and has a lot of knowledge about railroads.  He has filmed major railroads to shortlines, in locations of OH, IN, WS, IL, etc.  He has filmed railroads such as CR, N&W, NS, CSX, ICG, WC, CC, IHB, CN, CP, BN, BNSF, ATSF, steam, and many more.  We purchased his works to add to our available collection from the 1990s-mid 2000s.  You can purchase his works in our Keith’s Trains Series™ Railroad Videos.

R. Jordan
The late Mr. Jordan was originally from Bellevue, OH, and was surrounded by trains most of his life.  He had uncles, cousins ( who worked at NKP’s roundhouse in Bellevue Yard for example), friends, and neighbors, who also worked for the NKP.   He also worked for the NKP and N&W from 1962-1966, as a Mechanical Engineer, first located at NKP’s Cleveland Terminal office in Tower City-Cleveland, OH, then was transferred to their Bellevue Terminal.  There he was involved with survey work for N&W’s New Yard expansion project, starting in 1965.  There he helped survey the hump, bowl yard, new towers, the locomotive pit, car shops, New Yard, B Yard, dormitory/cafeteria, the water tower placement, etc.   In 1966, the N&W wanted to transfer him to VA, but he chose to work for Whirlpool, where he  was involved with expansion projects at the Clyde, OH plant.

He was also one of the earliest members of the Bellevue Mad River Society (formed around 1971-72) and later Museum (formed in 1975).  He and his parents knew Gene Leonard for many years prior (Gene was Bellevue’s local pharmacy store owner), who was the original person with the idea of starting a railroad museum in Bellevue in the late 1960s, after Gene started the Bellevue Heritage Museum.   Gene spoke with Mr. Jordan and Tom Lowrey about forming a railroad museum before the Society was officially formed.  Mr. Jordan was also a private railcar owner and part business owner (Golden Age Rail Equip., with B. Feuhring and M. Meecham, business now defunct).  He and his father photographed trains in the 1950s.  He later filmed some trains in the 1960s, starting with 8mm, to Super 8mm, then to video tape in the 1980s (by then mostly N&W, NS, and steam excursions).  He was a “walking encyclopedia” of railroads during his lifetime.  See his filmography in our Norfolk Southern 1980s and 1990s videos in our 1-West Productions™ Featured Series railroad videos.

P. Jordan
Mr. Jordan began photographing and filming trains in the 1980s, with R. Jordan.  He filmed mostly N&W and NS, then later to other railroads.  Today he films in various areas, mostly in OH.  He also edits  and prepares video for our line of products.  He studies, researches, and archives railroad history to help add to his meticulous filmography techniques of railroads.  Most of his filmograpahy can be seen in our 1-West Productions™ Featured Series.  He has also recorded railroad sounds to tape and digital from the 1980s to today.  He mostly uses panning stereo effects to help make the recordings as real as possible.  Recording audio is another way for preserving railroad action.

Railroad history from different eras are saved in time through filmographers and audio recorders.  They help preserve railroad history for us railfans, historians, modelers, and anyone interested in railroads.  As time goes on, things change, and those changes can be time-lined and preserved through film, video, and audio.  Search for your railroad video and audio needs on our website.  You may find exactly what you are looking for, or find a new interest to add to or to start your collection today.






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Why Should I Buy a Railroad Video DVD?

Photo of 1-West Productions™ Railroad DVD VideoSome people ask why they should purchase a railroad video DVD, when they can see some free material online on some websites.  Although there is free material out there, most material is not necessarily full-length, they are quick samples, they may disappear from the site, and one has to rely on the internet to see them.  Paying for the internet connection every month is also necessary to view those videos online.  When you purchase a video, you pay for it one time, and can view it many times over, after that initial purchase.

Having your own DVD in your own hands is different.  You can watch that video anytime in person, without having to rely on getting online to a certain website.  When that website or internet connection is down or slow, or that particular video is now missing, you then cannot view it.  Plus you can call that video yours to add to your collection or library, it was safely purchased legally through a valid company and store.  A lot of the personal videos posted online are not good quality, have been illegally obtained, shared, or copied.

Just like railroad books, magazines, etc., railroad videos make good go-to forms of information anytime for entertainment, research, and more.

Entertainment– just want to relax and watch some great train action on a video, watch certain equipment in action, certain locations, railroad names, time-frames, etc.  (Kids love them too- a great sitter while mom or dad is doing chores.)

Researchrailroad videos make great sources for historical, and modeling information for accuracy.  Not all books, websites, free videos online will have that certain thing you are looking for.

Preservation– what a great way to preserve constant-changing railroad paint schemes, names, equipment, locations, etc., for history, just like photography.

In-hand railroad audio CDs also make great sources for the railfan, Photo of 1-West Productions™ Railroad Audio CDshistorian, researcher, or the curious.  Sometimes just listening to the sounds of trains can conjure up terrifc visions in our imaginations.

Great reasons to go with an actual railroad video (and railroad audio CD) in-hand, vs. online videos.


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Filmography of Trains


Most filmography works vary from professionalism to amateur.  However, a lot is by personal preference and opinion.   Some people like train videos because of the scenery, paint schemes on equipment, types of equipment, historical basis, certain railroads, locations,  or just the action.  Some like new material, some vintage.  Some may like real professional material, however they may be ok with not as professional, due to the rare content.

There are some guidelines when taking video or trains.  Some follow these guidelines, some not.  All in the preference of the videographer/filmographer.

-Make sure there is enough light to see the subject- be on the correct side of the train if at all possible, according to where the sun is, if there is sunlight.  Some cameras so better than others in lower-lit conditions or overcast.

-A tripod is always good, but some can hold the camera with little to no movement.

-No talking during the filming, unless narrating, or important information is needed.  Again some like this, some not.

– Panning is good, but some keep the camera still, or edit the different shots of the video.

-Proper editing helps clean up the shots, however some people like it in raw format.

-Zooming is good.

-Captions help tell the viewer about the scenes.

-Transitions help keep things smooth.

-Proper credits also inform the viewer about the people involved with the work.

-Music or not?

Again, these are guidelines.  Some people love captions, some not.  Some love wide angle shots, some like mostly zooms.  The main thing is do your best, and hopefully it contains common ground for most everyone.




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CSX Railroad Latest News

What has CSX been up to recently and this past year?  We’ll dicsuss in this blog CSX’s Latest News.

Photo of CSX Locomotive, Richomnd, IN from 1-West Productions™
(Image of CSX at Richmond, IN 1990s)

CSX Back on Track:

After the passing of CSX’s CEO Harrison, Foote became CEO.  Things seem to be looking up with their shippers, and service is getting back to normal.  Could Harrison’s plans be working out?  The current board announced they are planning to contiunue with most of Harrison’s vision and ideas for the company.

CSX’s Harrison Passes:

CSX’s Hunter Harrison who was appointed earlier this year to help get CSX out of their troubles was first out on sick leave, then shortly after passed away this month.  Jim Foote was placed as acting CEO as a result.  CSX stocks have dropped after the passing of Harrison.  Meanwhile, NS’s stock has continued to increase.  Will the present changes continue with the passing of Harrison?  Most of the people on the board are ex-CN officers.  Time will tell onto 2018.

CSX Troubles:

CSX congestion problems across the system has come about due to changes made by CSX’s new leader Harrison.  Hump yards have been closed, lay offs, & other things have been put into effect this year to help cut operating costs.  As of 10/2017, things seem to be slowly getting better for shippers.

CSX Plant:

CSX has been investing more in their operating plant, rebuilding track, updating facilities, etc.








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NS in the 1990s

What was the NS like in the ’90s era?  Things were still pretty much

Photo of NS in 1990s 1-West Productions

the same as in the ’80s, with standard older units in NS, N&W, & SOU paint, fallen flag freight names on equipment, a few cabooses, older track layouts, original signals, and more.  The 90s also brought the new Triple Crown service between CR & NS, and the newer W&LE Class 2 regional RR out of Bellevue & Brewster, OH.  NS 1990s Part I is a good example of this coverage.


Photo of W&LE train 1990, 1-West Productions


Also the ’90s brought more freight cars with the applied NS roadname, CSX cars were showing up more on trains as well.  NS GP30s and SD35s were showing up in loco deadlines, fewer cabooses were being seen on freight trains, although still being used on most locals.   Steam excursions were still on the rails, but coming to a slow down due to NS’s concern over liability concerns, after a few derailments.



Photo of N&W 1218 steam by 1-West Productions/PJ

The NS merger proved to be one of the very few mergers that made sense, and actually prospered financially and efficiently, until the CR break-up in 1999 with CSX.


We will cover NS in the ’90s in our NORFOLK SOUTHERN 1990s™ Series as they become available.  We also cover NS in the 90s in our Keith’s Trains™ Series.





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New EL SD45-2 Unit #1700 Painted by NS

NS has done it again- this time they have painted up an EL SD45-2 Unit #1700, ex-Erie-Lackawanna (EL) back into original EL paint, as number 1700. This unit was painted in the Altoona, PA ex-PRR/PC/CR- now NS shops.

NS aquired a few of these ex-EL units, and are usually used on the eastern part of the NS system. However 1700 should be seen across the system. So get your cameras ready.

Great to see an EL unit on the rails once again, especially being true ex-EL! The EL used many types of locomotives for their freight trains. They even used old E-units

EL was formed in 1961 as a result of the Delaware Lackawanna & Western (DLW) & the Erie railroads merging. The EL was a great railroad, cared about their employees, and became a favorite to many. It’s main downfall was due to having parralle lines, and most of the main route from Chicago to New York bypassed all major cities. They had to connect the main line to these cities by secondary lines, which turned out to be not as efficient. Also both railroads were losing money around the time of the merger, although it made profits in the mid 1960s. In 1972, the EL filed for bankruptsy. In 1976, it finally asked to be included with the newly-formed Conrail.

Most of the EL was taken up by CR after 1976. Most can say that CR was actually the PC, with ost of the employees, trackage, and equipment being from the PC, just now in different colors. Left-overs of the EL can still be seen today- sometimes a freight car on trains (we saw EL coal hoppers within the past year on an NS train), a boxcar or two being used as a shed somewhere, ROWs, bridges, viaducts, facilities, etc.

The EL once again is on the rails, as an exmaple of restored railroad history.


Norfolk Southern Railroad’s Latest News

What has NS been up to recently and this past year?  We’ll dicsuss in this blog Norfolk Southern Railroad’s Latest News.

Photo of an NS locomotive from 1-West Productions™(Image of NS at Hamilton, OH)

NS Derailment:

In February, NS had several stack containers and cars derail on their Sandusky to Columbus Line, just north of Attica, OH (papers stated Republic, OH which is nowhere near Attica!) .  Their track tends to be in great shape, so weather- high winds- were most likely the cause.   NS had double-tracked that main line after the Conrail split with CSX in the early 2000s, to help with increased traffic flow as a result of that split.  The mainline was originally PRR, mostly single-main, with passing sidings, and was sold to N&W in 1965 (per an agreement with the ICC, before the Penn Central merger of NYC & PRR in 1968).


NS stock has continued to increase by this year’s end.  Meanwhile, CSX is still having problems adjusting to the new changes CSX CEO Harrison has implemented.  With his passing as of 12/2017, time will tell which route the current CEO stand-in will take for CSX.


NS moving ahead.  Although coal has been diminishing due to the market demand (utilities and other facilities have been going to natural gas, since it costs less for them to use), NS has constructed a new long siding for coal trains that arrive from BNSF out West, located near Swanton, OH (on the ex-NYC/PC/CR Water Level, now NS Chicago Line, Dearborn Div.).

NS has also been expanding Fostoria, OH Mixing Center tracks for future Auto Rack switching.

NS has ordered new and have been rebuilding more GEs since earlier this year.

Triple Crown:

The most recent as of 9/2015, NS announced they will be phasing out Triple Crown roadrailers from the main tracks.  they will still plan on having service with roadrailers from Detroit, MI and south, with evnetually phasing them out 100%. They will still keep the name and trailers, but most trailers will now be transported on TOFC flat cars, and no longer be mounted on railroad wheel trucks.  This means the Sandusky, OH and other terminals will be closed.   Get your photos while you can.

Image of a Triple crown train from 1-West Productions™(Image of NS Triple Crown in Indiana)

Top Gons:

NS has been slowly phasing out these re-built 100 ton coal hoppers, and being replaced with new aluminum cars.  Top Gons were from a project NS had in rebuilding many of their coal hoppers in the 1990s, mainly from their H11 and 12 hoppers.  Over 2,000 cars were rebuilt in order to fill the void of coal cars they needed.

Added Route:

NS was having problems with congestion on a number of their lines, especially the Chicago Line on their end of the ex-Water Level Route, from Cleveland to Chicago.  even tho congestion was a problem after they took over their half of conrail in 1999, as oil trains increased on the system, so did congestion.  So in 2014, they leased the ex-CR Pittsburgh Division- Fort Wayne Line from CSX.  This also included NS paying to have the tracks and ties rebuilt in areas needed.  The towns this line runs through are Crestline, Bucyrus, Van Wert, and other towns in OH, and Fort Wayne, IN, etc.

New Logo:

The horse head logo started to appear within the last few years to add a small change.  The logo looks more impressive as a result.  This has been applied to locomotives and freight cars.

“New” Locomotives:

Due to a shortage of units, NS aquired wide cab units from UP, and many of them are still running around on the system still in ex-UP paint.  They also aquired SD40-2s from BNSF.  They have also been in the process of chopping all high-nosed EMD units that originally came from the N&W and SOU.  High nose on the NS will be a thing of the past.  Standard cab GE units will be converted to wide cabs in the near future as well.

A Railfan Runs The Railroad:

Even tho he has been the CEO of NS for a few years, Wick Moorman has brought back the heritage of railroading, along with turning NS into a great money-making company.  They always were a profitable railroad, but he has increased NS’s value.  He has also put out numerous heritage units, brought back steam train excursions, and has had countless events, such as an F and  E unit display event.

As railroads progress, changes are made in order to help keep them in business.  We capture things of today that will become things of the past.  Those things that are now considered vintage, were once things that were modern.  What a great way to preserve the changes of railroads- in Railroad Video DVDs and Audio CDs.




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New Norfolk Southern- N&W 1980s Vol. 11 AUDIO CD

New Railroad AUDIO CD for September 2015, of NS action from 1987:   NORFOLK SOUTHERN- N&W 1980s, Vol. 11.  This CD was produced by 1-West Productions™, and contains recordings of freight action- no pictures.  Why an audio-only version?  It gives the listener something new to use with their imagination.  Back in the day, radio shows were the hot item for entertainment before TV.  Listeners had to use their imagination for the scenes as they took place, and would become a different world.  Although having a picture is nice for seeing certain features and such, having a variety of formats can be appealing as well.

Back in 1987, we recorded the trains around the Bellevue, OH area during NS’s early merger days of the N&W and Southern Railway.  We used directional mics to help give the natural movement affects of the trains, as we hear them in person.

The CD contains older standard cab locomotives from GE & EMD, background ambient sounds, and horns that have become more rare compared to today’s horns we hear on units.

Image of Norfolk Southern- N&W1980s Vol 11 audio CD cover

For more information, please visit this page here.



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New Release Of Norfolk Southern Modern Material

We have a new release of Norfolk Southern modern material released- a new Railroad Video in SD DVD 16×9 Anamorphoc format.  Which means it will play like it should on widescreen TVs, and also on the standards 4×3 screens.  We have been in the process of filming modern NS material for those who like the modern stuff.

The new DVD is NORFOLK SOUTHERN’S CHICAGO LINE/EX-WATER LEVEL ROUTE IN OHIO™, produced by 1-West Productions™.  Filmed in 2014 & 2015, we captured NS action on this famous line that is still a major route.  Image of Norfolk Southern's Chicago Line/Ex-Water Level Route In Ohio™ Railroad DVD- 1-West Productions™ DVD cover

Built in the 1800s, that section of the line that we filmed eventually was owned by the New York Central when they took over the original owner, the Lake Shore Michigan Southern RR.  The NYC obtained ownership of the whole line from Albany, NY to Chicago, IL by merging the LSMS & several other railroads that owned the line across the states.  This line was an efficient way of hauling freight, & also a competing line with the PRR, since it was mostly built on flat land, with very little grades.  The PRR had to go through the mountains in order to get into the more western part of the country.

By 1968, the Penn Central was formed with themerger of the PRR, NYC, & NH, and depended on that line.  By 1976, Conrail was formed and then owned the line until 1999, when NS & CSX split CR.  NS ended up with the line from cleveland on west to Chicago, & CSX from Cleveland on east to NY.  Amtrak uses this line today for some of their trains as well.  NS then called the Water Level their Chicago Line, Dearborn Division.

NS has always had congestion problems on the Chicago Line, especially with the increase in oil train traffic.  In 2014, they worked out an agreement with CSX to lease their ex-PRR/PC/CR Pittsburgh Division line that runs through Bucyrus, OH, Fort Wayne, IN, & to Chicago, IL.  NS would replace ties & rail where it was needed, and was able to transfer some of their oil trains on that line to help ease the congestion on the Chicago Line.

NS has since made updates to the Chicago Line, such as replacement of the ex-NYC/PC/CR signals, added detectors, and even changed detector voices from saying “Conrail” to “Norfolk Southern”.  Some of the detectors heard in the area where it was filmed are at Graytown, LaCarne, Gypsum, Sandusky, Vermillion, & more.  Locations filmed were at Sandusky, near Gypsum, Vermillion, & Toledo, OH, etc.  NS also put in a connetion at Oak Harbor, to connect the chicago Line with their Toledo to Bellevue Line, & a connection outside of Vermillion to connect the same line east of Bellevue.

Many fallen flag freight cars, & locomotives such as UP, BNSF, CN, CP, etc. can also be seen on this video.  Order yours today, & see our coupons for even more savings.



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Outdoor Scanner Base Antenna in PVC Example 1 (© Copyright 2015 1WP)

In this blog article, we will discuss how to build a  railroad scanner base antenna do-it-yourself, for receiving railroad signals can be built, & tuned to the railroad frequency band for better receive results. All main railroad radio channels are found in the FM VHF 159 MHZ – 161.565 MHz range. This homemade antenna will be tuned to the middle of that band, at about 161.000 MHz. This is not too critical, but does help in receiving results.

[*Disclaimer: always use safety glasses, be safe with sharp tools, & get help with projects, especially when mounting the finished antenna. Do NOT mount or work anywhere near live power lines or electrical areas. We are not responsible for, do not hold any liabilites, & do not cover any warranties for any accidents or results of this project, before, during, & after, including any possible damage to property or equipment- including possible damage to equipment from lightning, due to not properly grounding the equipment or not removing the antenna from the equipment before any lightning storms, etc.  This article will only give steps on how to make this antenna, & not about mounting the finished product, etc. Results of this project may vary, depending on your location of where railroads are located, etc.*]


-About 52″ L of twin TV antenna flat ribbon lead (2 pieces of wire can be used w/ the coating, but for this project flat TV ribbon cable is used. The kind WITHOUT the foam is better, but will still work.)
-Soldering gun
-Silver Solder
-Safety Glasses
-Wire stripper
-About 5 – 6 ft of 1/2 – 3/4 ” diameter PVC pipe
-1 PVC cap to fit over 1 end of that pipe
– Some RG58 or 59 coax cable w/ a PL259 end soldered on the end- length will vary- least 20 feet to make sure there is enough to reach inside a house/shack to the scanner radio. If more is needed later,  purchase extra coax, & use a double female end connector to go between 2 PL259 ends.
-1 wire tie
-1 Marker/Pen
-Silicone caulk
-About 1/8″ drill bit with drill

RR Scanner Antenna Drawing
Custom Drawing of The Custom RR Scanner Base Antenna in This Article (© Copyright 2015 1WP™)

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1. Wear safety glasses.

2. Strip about 1/2″ of the plastic coating from the wires on each side & ends of the ribbon cable, then twist the braided wire of each wire end. On each end of the ribbon cable, twist 2 of the stripped wires together to form a triangle. Solder the wires together where they are twisted together.

3. Lay the flat ribbon with the soldered ends flat on a table. You can make either end the top or bottom. Next measure on the right side from the top tip down about 34″ & mark. Then measure down from that mark about 1.5 – 2 “, & mark that. Cut out that 1.5 – 2″ chunk of that wire on the right side ONLY (do not cut all the way across the ribbon wire).

4. Measure from the bottom tip of the ribbon wire up to about 1.74″ – 3.48″, and carefully strip the plastic wire coating from the wire about 1/4″ to expose the wire on the right and left sides with a knife.

5. Strip about 1″ – 2 ” of the outer black covering from the RG 58/59 coax cable (try not to damage or cut the braided wire under that outer covering). Then pull the inner/center conductor out of the braided wire, and strip about 1/2″ – 1″ of the plastic insulation from the inner wire. Next carefully twist the braided wire to make it into a tighter wire itself.

6. Solder the center conductor wire to the LEFT part of the ribbon wire that was stripped to about 1.74″ – 3.48″ up from the bottom tip previously. Next solder the braided wire on the RIGHT stripped side. If necessary, wrap electrical tape around these soldered joints.

7. Drill a hole through the center plastic towards the top of the ribbon wire. This is where the plastic wire tie will go through later.

8. Drill a 1/8″ hole through both sides of the PVC pipe at 1 end only (about 2″ down from the top).

9. Feed the top of the ribbon wire (with the center hole at the top) through the PVC pipe, until it reaches the drilled holes in the top of the pipe. Feed the wire tie through the hole on 1 side of the pipe, through the center hole of the ribbon wire, & through the hole on the other side of the pipe.  Next, wrap the wire tie around the pipe while zipping the tie to secure it. This keeps the ribbon wire antenna inside the pipe from falling down, when it is in a vertical position.

10. Next seal the opening of the bottom of the PVC pipe with silicone caulk & let dry. Also seal the holes at the top where the wire tie goes through the pipe.

11. Install the PVC cap on the top part of the pipe (gluing the cap may not be needed if it fits tight over the end of the pipe).

12. *Stay away from any live power lines or electrical areas when mounting this or any antenna outside. It is best to get a helper at this point.* Mount the pipe vertically to a board or post, etc. to get it high in the air if possible (max. at about 20 ft from the top of the antenna pipe- guy wires/rope will be needed if mounted over 20 ft). Make sure to keep the clamps at least 55″ or more down from the top of the PVC pipe (to prevent the clamps from going over the internal ribbon antenna wire, to help avoid interference from the metal clamps).

13. Plug in the other end of the coax cable with the PL259 connector to the scanner, program the scanner to the proper RR frequencies, & listen for any transmissions.

Photo of finished base scanner antenna in PVC #2
Outdoor Scanner Base Antenna in PVC Example 2 (© Copyright 2015 1WP)

Sometimes using an inline receiving amp will also help with receiving signals. Most (not all) signal amps for TV antennas will work.  Proper connectors to transition from the RCA jacks to the PL259s may also be needed, depending on the amp.

Grounding this antenna is usually not necessary. However always unplug this & any antenna from the radio(s) when not in use, during thunderstorms, or if there is a potential for thunderstorms in the area.  This will help prevent lighting from possibly damaging the radio.   [*Always disconnect any antenna cables from equipment before & during any lightning storms.]

Railroad signals will vary depending on location. If near railroads, scanners will most likely pick up railroad dispatchers, train crews announcing signals, talking to each other, & with dispatchers. Sometimes only 1 side of the conversation can be heard, due to the location of the scanner, crews, atmospheric conditions at the time, etc.  RR defect detectors that announce information to trains passing over them at certain locations may also be heard. It’s best to search-scan the whole 159-161.565 MHz, if the scanner has that feature (see the radio’s instruction manual). As signals are heard, it’s suggested to write down each frequency, & program them in. Sometimes different days/nights will bring in different stations/channels.

Presently,  railroads are still using analog transmissions mostly. They have extended the bands some where the frequencies are more tightly tuned. However with those particular frequencies, transmissions should still be heard, but with a slight hiss or drop in volume. Eventually when the RRs switch over to all-digital transmissions, analog scanners will no longer be able to pick those signals up. Purchasing a digital scanner for those transmissions will then be necessary. It may still take another 10 or so years before the railroads change all radios to digital, but that could be sooner or later.

This base scanner antenna can now be used to listen to railroad transmissions from farther away, on base or hand-held scanners, with the proper connectors.

Hope this blog-article helps, & enjoy!

Photo of a base scanner antenna
Outdoor Scanner Base Antenna in PVC Example 1 (© Copyright 2015 1WP)



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