The Gregarious Railfan
Detroit, MI  48209 (population, 910,921)              Page 2

GPS: N 42.29310, W 83.12990   Google map   

Scanner:  CSX 160.230 [8], 160.635 [35], 160.290 [12] (Rougemere Yard), 160.875 [51] (RR police).  Not sure
how accurate these frequencies are but have experienced transmissions on most of these.

Railroads:  CSX Chicago Division, Detroit Sub; Conrail Shared Assets, Detroit Division

Description: Delray Tower is a fun place to go, and the tower is still manned and active. However that may change.  
Rumor has it that this tower may soon be closed and demolished. Photos of the tower are one reason to go there as
the scenery is rather nondescript urban. The area around Delray Tower includes CSX's Rougemere Yard, CN's Schaefer
Yard, NS's Oakwood Yard, and NS's (CR) River Rouge Yard; because of this, it’s still one of the best places in
Michigan to catch a lot of action.  Rumors abound that Delray Tower will close in 2015, if true, IMO Delray would
become a little less safe without a set of human eyes in the tower.

Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 80+ (?) but erratic.

Gregariousness quotient: Low

Personal observations: Caution: This is a rough neighborhood, be advised not to railfan alone, and definitely don’t
railfan there after dark.
"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the
children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run
than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing".
- Helen Keller
Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero is the RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
November 2014
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