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Railfanning Information

Railroad Gif's Drawn and copyrighted by Dan Klitzing. Re-posted here with his permission and my gratitude


For railfans, following the CFNR is fairly easy. There are many roads in the Central Valley making the 2 Valley routes the easiest to see. A bicycle can be a valuable asset as one can ride along the right-of-way on farmers' dirt roads.  Trains can be followed pretty easily if you have a scanner and you can talk to the crews who are fairly nice and courteous. It is easiest to talk to the brakeman when they are switching. They also don't seem to mind if you listen to them on scanners. The line from Davis to Tehama is signaled, so you can tell if a train is coming by watching the lights. Please respect their property though, it is dangerous to cross tracks when a train is visible. CFNR rarely if ever operate at night (after 10pm).


California Northern Railroad Radio Frequencies - 06/30/99

Channel

Site

Tx Freq

PL

Rx Freq

PL

01

Cal Northern Common

160.635

CS

160.635

CS

02

Cal Northern Common

160.695

CS

160.695

CS

03

Union Pacific Common

161.550

CS

161.550

CS

04

Union Pacific Tehama

160.320

CS

160.320

CS

05

Cal Northern Common

161.280

CS

161.280

CS

06

Union Pacific Tracy

161.430

CS

161.430

CS

11

Sugarloaf Repeater

160.665

91.5

160.665

CS

33

Sutter Butte Repeater

160.665

131.8

160.665

CS


Visiting the CFNR can also present other opportunities.  The Sierra Northern (Formerly the Yolo Shortline) is close to CFNR in Woodland - they operate freight trains and also diesel excursion trains over former Sacramento Northern Trackage. And there is the Napa Valley Wine Train. If you are visiting the line from Tracy to Los Banos, its only a short trip to UP's main line over the Altamont Pass to your Northwest or a short hop to the east and UP's Fresno Sub.



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