- Dec 9, 2007
I am not clear about why I still hear RR comms in the clear (CSX), when I hear they are going NXDN? TIA, rail fan noob.
By Chicago Transit, do you mean the L or Metra?I just spoke to the owner of Railcom, and they plan on offering a NXDN product in addition to the TRBO product now out there. The only difference between Railcom models is the chassis in the radio will either be Motorola or Kenwood.
They are also building a new custom Railcom model for Chicago Transit, but don't have any details other than regudizing the front panel.
As a few have stated, no one is going NXDN any time soon. I know of some yard ops that are NXDN in SoCal, and we have a Class 1 in NorCal that is NXDN full time, but beyond that...Who knows!
This is not an accurate statement. While not widespread at the moment, I hear them at work (I work in Railroad Signals and Comm) several times a day on both 'Trbo and on NXDN. Licenses have been, and the remaining ones are being, amended as swiftly as possible on NS to have the NXDN emissions designators added.None of the Class 1 RRs are using NXDN for mainline operations.
You will likely hear mainline rail chatter on regular analog channels for a very, very long time.
Some shortlines are using NXDN and some Class 1's have some reported yard use on NXDN.
Bottom line, no need for a NXDN upgrade anytime soon if you want to hear the big boys of the rails.