Going Back a Few Years on the Marion Branch

A standard cab GE starts down the short section of street running at Warsaw.

Marty Surdyk’s story of his Memorial Day weekend chase of Norfolk Southern’s Marion Branch brought back memories for me. When I lived in Indiana that line was a favorite to chase trains.

It’s a former New York Central/Big Four Line but had Pennsylvania Railroad style signals.

This could be confusing but is explained by the fact that it was an unsignaled line in NYC days.

Conrail, wanting to add traffic to this route, added CTC to improve capacity. The signals came from a former Pennsy route that was being eliminated.

As Marty relates it is still a busy and a fun route to chase. The Pennsy style signals have since been replaced but I’ve included a few photos from the early 2000s after NS took control of the line from Conrail.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Another southbound has just crossed where the Erie Lackawanna used to run at Lakeland. A 2-mile spur went west to serve a small ethanol facility. I believe that has since been abandoned.

Southbound train also at Leesburg

A northbound at Leesburg

Farm country south of Warsaw


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