Posts Tagged ‘EL in Marion Ohio’

EL Monday: Reposing in Marion

January 25, 2021

Erie Lackawanna No. 7091 sits at the engine house in Marion in December 1967. The unit was built by EMD in February 1949 for the Erie Railroad where it has roster number 709A. It was later converted to an F7A and given EL roster number 7101.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Railroading as it Once Was: Former E Units of the EL Kept A Clean Face Until the End of Service

August 24, 2016

EL locos washing

Even towards the end of its corporate existence the Erie Lackawanna tried to keep up a good image.

Case in point is this set of tired E units getting pushed through the wash rack at Marion in 1975. Of particular interest is that 817, the last E unit on the roster to still carry its porthole windows. The 809 was the lowest numbered E on the EL roster, renumbered from the highest numbered E unit on the DL&W (820) with the Erie/DL&W merger.

Neither unit had too many showers left in their future anyway as by late 1976 Conrail had pretty much taken all but the two passenger geared ones (825 and 833) out of service.

Article and Photograph by Roger Durfee

Don’t Forget to Sign a Release at the EL Shops During ARRC’s Longest Day in Marion on Sunday

June 25, 2016


When you get to Marion on Sunday for the Akron Railroad Club’s longest day event, don’t forget to go to the Erie Lackawanna shops and sign a release.

They are friendly and who knows what you’ll see?

Two EL Alcos are inside the shop and a Rock Island GE is outside the shop on a warm summer day in the late 1960s.

Just remember to charge the batteries on your WABAC Machine. I’d also suggest bringing a film camera. You don’t want to stand out too much.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas