Sydney Analog Railway Frequencies

 
  baker_1080 Beginner

Location: Quakers Hill NSW
Gday all,

Im new to Railpage, and still a bit of a newby to the whole rail scene.

I was wondering if anyone has any analog frequencies (Other than WB) that are used in Sydney.
Like what do the XPT, Indian Pacific, PacNat and others use when getting around on the suburban lines?
Also if anyone has any station staff frequencies for the major stations like Central, Strathfield, Parramatta, Blacktown, etc.

Thanks in advance,
Mathew

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  gordon_s1942 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Central Tablelands of NSW
I think everything is digital today like the Police and Emergency services.

When the Motorola Handhelds and Phillips FM ?? base units wee introduced back in the 70's, it was on 450.050 UHF FM in the 'clear' but that was all changed back in the 90's.
I would not be surprised if the Mobile Cellular Network isnt used as well.
  railscan Locomotive Fireman

Location: Beside a railway line somewhere
Gday all,
Im new to Railpage, and still a bit of a newby to the whole rail scene. I was wondering if anyone has any analog frequencies (Other than WB) that are used in Sydney. Like what do the XPT, Indian Pacific, PacNat and others use when getting around on the suburban lines?
Also if anyone has any station staff frequencies for the major stations like Central, Strathfield, Parramatta, Blacktown, etc.
Thanks in advance, Mathew
baker_1080


The short answer to your question is they use both the regional ICE (In Cab Equipment) radios or metro DTRS (Digital Train Radio System) network. ICE is satellite based while DTRS is built around GSM-R (mobile phone technology). Neither can be scanned or monitored. The analog UHF Metronet train radio system was decomissioned on 1st July 2018, so is no longer.

All operators use terrestrial based radio systems when not on the mainlines. So freight yards, maintenance centres and shunting is included in this category. Intrastate and interstate passenger service also use on board communications. It would take many, many pages to list all the frequencies used by the different operators. Try searching between 418.1000 MHz and 419.0000 MHz for activity.

Railscan

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