Things that didn't really fit in anywhere else.
This page is devoted to all the misfit pictures and bits of information that
didn't really fit in anywhere else.
160.230 MHz Guilford Rail System Police
Car to Car
161.160 MHz Guilford Rail System Districts
2-4 Dispatcher to Train
161.235 MHz Guilford Rail System Police
161.370 MHz Guilford Rail System Districts
161.400 MHz Guilford Rail System Districts
161.520 MHz Guilford Rail System Districts
2-4 Train to Dispatcher
You need a sort of police scanner to monitor these bands. To be honest I just
run mine on the marine band (which 160 and 161 MHz are a part of) and when there
is some activity it finds it. Generally speaking you usually hear the train give
out a district 4 message saying where they are, if you even get that. There is
also a hot box detector in Zoar about 1/2 mile before the road the goes up
towards Rowe center (just a stones throw east of the mile marker 411).You can
find out what the source and destination of a train is through the messages they
broadcast. Please remember this: if you have a 2 way radio with these
frequencies it is flagrantly illegal to broadcast on them! The FCC
licenses these channels for a reason!
Understanding the sources and destinations
It can be a bit tricky understanding the four letter source/destination codes.
This should help you out both on the radio and on the internet.
MOAY - Mohawk Yard, NY - Ayer, MA
MOED - Mohawk Yard, NY - East Deerfield, MA
SEED - Selkirk, NY - East Deerfield, MA
EDMO - East Deerfield, MA - Mohawk Yard, NY
AYMO - Ayer, MA - Mohawk Yard, NY
EDRJ - East Deerfield, MA - Rotterdam JCT, NY
You can probably figure out that the four letters are really two groups of
two. There are other combinations as well occasionally you may hear something
with PO, that stands for Portland Maine.
emerging from the East Portal on November 6th 2005. I didn't get the four letter
code for this train. Actually I didn't even take this picture, my friend Mike
Iwanowicz did! I was hiking up the hill in Rowe with the intent to hang a giant
blue tarp at the old Rowe Neck alignment tower site. I hadn't quite crested the hill
when the train passed, which was a huge disappointment. I did hear it though,
and Mike kept me informed with our 2 way radio. A few hours later a westbound
train came blasting up the hill. That was an exciting day. Trains seem to travel
about 30 mph through Zoar, but they always slow to about 10 mph through the
sign at the end of Depot St in the mighty metropolis of Monroe Bridge MA (pop
120). I was surprised to see a sign advertising the location of the Hoosac
old postcard from what is now Rte 2 in Florida MA. The text at the bottom of the
image is wrong, this isn't in Charlemont. There is no marker in this area today,
but it is located a few hundred feet east of a few power lines which are about a
mile east of Whitcomb Summit.
old Postcard from 1909 advertising a Hoosac Tunnel excursion. (courtesy Peter
Detector. This little guy, located in Zoar near the old station sends out a message when a hot box passes by (a wheel
experiencing high friction). I believe this thing can also detect dragging
cargo. This device broadcasts a message on the same as the Guilford Dispatch Channel 161.1600 Mhz. It will give you the temp and axle count, and if there are no defects, you will hear it say, "no defects, no defects". Afterwards the train will acknowledge the message on 161.520 Mhz (Thanks to Mike Rubino for telling me that).
Grinding machine used to add a few inches to the bore back in 1997. If you ever
go into the tunnel you will notice a 10 foot wide notch on the roof. This
machine made that notch. (photo by Tom Freeman).
old image near the old Hoosac Tunnel Station from 1934 depicting some rail fans
lurking around some parked trains. Notice the interesting catenary wire
arrangement above the engines.
electric engine at the shop in North Adams.
"East Deerfield". About 35 miles east of Hoosac. This picture is taken upon a
road bridge commonly known as "rail fan bridge".
hole profile at East Portal. I have a secret fetish for taking pictures of drill
holes in rocks! Its always somewhat exciting finding these, especially in the
spoilage piles. There are tons of these drill marks inside the tunnel itself.
old catenary tower. This thing lies on the Rowe side of the East Portal trestle,
at the trailhead for the old Hoosac Tunnel & Wilmington grade. There is all
sorts of Tunnel treasures over here including old refuse padding used in the
first couple hundred feet of the tunnel.
"Faux Catenary Tower" as I call it. This tower is a few hundred feet south of
the Tunnel Road crossing in Rowe. John Roderick tells me that it was part of the old triple rail signaling.
The structure you show is a former signal tower (note the masts). When the "Middle" was active, there needed to be a means of placing signals over all three tracks, as the Middle at East Portal was a controlled siding. As far as I know, it was reverse signaled CTC on all three tracks. This increases capacity of train movements perhaps ten-fold if you're a dispatcher with 3 trains at either portal waiting to go through the tunnel. Those signals were removed in the 70s. I'm surprised the towers have survived as long as they have.
This setup is often mistaken for being part of the old catenary system. Close examination will indicate that the tower looks nothing like the catenary towers (look around on the East Portal
page for them). [Thanks John!]
middle rail at the siding just east of East Portal always seems to have goodies.
Here is a truck with a wooden frame built on it's back. I cannot confirm 100% but I
think its a safe bet that this machine is used for checking the tunnel clearance.
Copyright 2000 - 2005 Marc Howes|
Trespassing is illegal and
dangerous especially when inside the tunnel with a train! If you go inside and
see a light run and hide! that is unless of course its the portal, then you
don't have to run nor hide. Trains burn diesel fuel and produce among other
things carbon monoxide and deafening amounts of noise! Trains also have people
in them and people have eyes used for seeing things.. Like trespassers! Just be
careful use your head and stay safe.