put your scanner in the search mode and use the arrows that goes up and down and you are bound to come across the railroad frequencies in your area if you keep doing that. go up and down in 161 and 160 mhz in the search mode.
well like i said i didn't have no problem finding the railroad and i don't live in a very big town.and when i went up to my sister house in ft.worth tx man the railroad frequencies were booming big time.
well hey man you can find any kind of cheap rubber duck antenna if the one you have not working right! i wouldn't depend on pro-scan stuff to much i would do it like i did do it. putting the scanner in search mode like i already told ya.
Living near the tracks is no guarantee you'll hear the trains. There are many reasons why they don't transmit within your radio range, mostly because they have nothing to say. I live within a stone's throw of CSX and never heard a peep. At the southern end of the New Jersey Transit North Jersey Coast line all I hear are Brielle (permission on the Bay Head running track) and some Bay Head Yard chatter but it's better than nothing.