Railfanning The Huntsville/Madison Area

Heading east out of Decatur on the NS, we encounter Madison then Huntsville. Madison includes a passing siding and a small storage track to aid in serving local industries, such as the Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority Intermodal facility. Downtown Madison has some nice spots for photographing the NS.

At Huntsville there is a nicely restored station and small roundhouse facility which have been made into a museum.

  Useful Scanner Frequencies for The Huntsville/Madison Area

AAR Channel 56 - 160.950 NS Road (Channel 1)
AAR Channel 09 - 160.245 NS Dispatcher to Train (Channel 2)
AAR Channel 48 - 160.830 NS Train to Dispatcher (Channel 2)
AAR Channel 11 - 160.275 NS PBX Huntsville and Sheffield
AAR Channel 30 - 160.560 Huntsville, Madison County Railroad (added 4-2007)
460.375 Huntsville, Madison Airport Authority switching (added 8-2011)
For a full list of AAR Channels, see the Railfan Scanner Tips Page

  Latest Additions to The Huntsville/Madison Area Photo Gallery

Click here to view a gallery of all photos from The Huntsville/Madison Area!

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An impromptu picture I caught on the way home from work today (6-1-2012) of NS train 325 coming through historic downtown Madison, AL headed westbound. Of course, it clouded up just as it got there!

File Size: 352 KBytes · Downloads: 1588 · Uploaded: June 01,2012

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Westbound NS train 201 rolls past the Huntsville storage siding in Huntsville, AL.

File Size: 413 KBytes · Downloads: 1959 · Uploaded: October 01,2009

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NS local train A85 rolls though Belle Mina, AL at a good clip with a single box car (probably to allow them to run track speed).

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The Huntsville and Madison County Railroad keeps this switcher in reserve, probably as a backup for their main unit. It is usually stored near the corner of Bob Wallace and L&N Dr. on a small siding.

File Size: 344 KBytes · Downloads: 2889 · Uploaded: October 06,2008

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The Huntsville and Madison County operates this switcher which is configured for remote control operation. It is seen here with a cut of cars heading south through Huntsville.

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Here the NARM's Alco S-2 and a short string of passenger cars is on display outside of Huntsville, AL. Check their site out for operation schedules.

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This locomotive is a military version of the Alco RSD-1 that is on display at the Huntsville Depot Museum. The TVA donated the engine to the museum. Special thanks to Jim Sims of The North Alabama Railroad Museum for the information on this unit.

File Size: 109 KBytes · Downloads: 4721 · Uploaded: May 11,2008

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Here is a shot of the HMCR's lone SW9 with short train of just two cars heading in after a day of switching the south Huntsville, AL industrial area.

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The tri-weekly HMCR switcher heads south with three covered hoppers in tow in Huntsville, AL.

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HMCR 527, an ex-Burlington Northern NW2, seems to be retired, as it is kept stored beside a warehouse, perhaps to be used for parts.

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Here is a pair of Alco switchers on display at the Huntsville Depot Museum. The rear unit appears to be of U.S. Steel heritage.

File Size: 125 KBytes · Downloads: 4094 · Uploaded: May 11,2008

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It's late afternoon as the crew of Norfolk Southern local freight A85 cruises across highway 20 with a lone SD40-2. This location is on the Madison branch line.

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The late afternoon sun casts long shadows as we continue to follow NS empty coal train westbound as they pass through Paint Rock, AL. This is one of my favorite shots of the day!

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As we continue to follow NS empty coal train 735 eastbound, we catch them heading past this old barn in Gurley, AL just east of Huntsville.

File Size: 238 KBytes · Downloads: 2490 · Uploaded: September 30,2007

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Bringing up the rear of NS executive train 951 is this theater car. The train is seen heading east through Madison, AL.

File Size: 239 KBytes · Downloads: 2689 · Uploaded: August 26,2007

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  Latest Additions to The Huntsville/Madison Area Video Clip Gallery

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An impromptu video I caught on the way home from work today (6-1-2012) of NS train 325 coming through historic downtown Madison, AL headed westbound. Of course, the clouds would come up just as I got ready to film!

HD Video Clip - Views: 1594 · Uploaded: June 01,2012

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The late afternoon sun casts long shadows as we continue to follow NS empty coal train westbound as they pass through Paint Rock, AL.

Video Clip - File Size: 5261 KBytes · Downloads: 3900 · Uploaded: September 30,2007

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NS executive train 951 blasts through Madison, AL with a set of beautifully restored F units!

Video Clip - File Size: 7845 KBytes · Downloads: 4865 · Uploaded: July 31,2007

                            

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