The railfan magazines in the past year have published articles on the demise of Chesapeake & Ohio style block signals along CSX lines in West Virginia and Ohio. Some photographers have made it a quest to photograph as many of these signals as they can while they are still standing.
CSX is removing the signals and replacing them with modern, although similiar, signals. The newer signals may be more reliable, but they just don’t have quite the same character as the signals put by the C&O many years ago. Of course, the C&O signals were not unique, either. Similiar signals could be found throughout the United States.
Still, there was something about these signals that said “C&O” that seemed to distinguish them from others.
On a recent trip to Marion, I noticed that just one C&O signal is left and I was surprised to see it. The signals north of the diamond with the CSX Indianapolis Line vanished a few years ago. I had heard that the remaining C&O signals in Marion had been removed. That reported turned out to be only partly true.
I don’t know how much longer this signal will remain standing. Surely, it is not in much better condition than its mate that stood beside it for decades. But maybe it is in better shape than it might seem. Or perhaps the other signal was removed because it was on a cantilever that was in an advanced state of decay. Then again maybe it will come down soon.
Whatever the case, this signal remains. I snapped a photo of it because it may not be here next time I go to Marion.