Posts Tagged ‘Erie Lackawanna in Marion Ohio’

EL Monday: It’s Not the Lake Cities

April 11, 2022

By 1973, the condition of the tracks in Marion used by Erie Lackawanna and Penn Central was rough as can be seen in this image of a westbound EL train. In the consist is a passenger car that probably is being ferried somewhere. No, the EL had not gotten back into the passenger business by running mixed trains. The Lake Cities, the last EL intercity passenger train, had ceased operating in early January 1970.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Under AC Tower in Marion

March 28, 2022

Erie Lackawanna Alco RS3 No. 1023 pulls a westbound train past AC Tower in Marion in December 1966. AC controlled crossings involving four railroads. Aside from the EL, trains of the New York Central, Norfolk & Western, and Chesapeake & Ohio passed by AC Tower when this image was made.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Alco Switcher With a Noted History

February 21, 2022

Erie Lackawanna Alco S2 No. 518 works in Marion on July 29, 1972. The former Erie switcher was built in November 1948. It would later work for Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company where it was given a U.S. bicentennial livery. It would then later join the motive roster of short line Ashtbula, Carson & Jefferson.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: What You Could Find in Marion

December 27, 2021

A railfan visiting the Erie Lackawanna in Marion in mid 1973 might find this scene in front of the diesel shop. The SD45 is No. 3635, and the first E8A is No. 810. The top image shows the full scene while the bottom image is a crop of that scene.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Inside the Marion Yard

November 22, 2021

The late Mike Ondecker seldom took photographs of railroad operations but he enjoyed traveling to view them.

Except for using a Kodak Instamatic in 1967 and his aunt’s nearly 30-year-old 120 medium format roll film camera in 1968, I doubt Mike took another railroad photo after that.

He, John Woodard, and I had some amazing trips together. Mike was a great friend, first-class driver, and the person who got photographic permission.

Here are some of his Instamatic photos from what I believe to be the Erie Lackawanna yard in Marion in 1967.

There are a variety of scenes including locomotives, rolling stock of various railroads, the coaling tower, the hump and the hump tower. The selection also include some cars damaged in a derailment.

Article by Robert Farkas, Photos by Mike Ondecker

EL Monday: One Day in Marion

September 13, 2021

Erie Lackawanna GP35 No. 2559 is westbound in Marion on Dec. 30, 1972. The unit later became Conrail 3665. The train is crossing the Norfolk & Western line between Columbus and Sandusky. At one time that line was owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad. Despite passenger service having been gone for more than a year, the platforms remain in place for Marion Union Station.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Representing the L in EL

August 23, 2021

Erie Lackawanna SW8 switcher No. 368 works in Marion in late December 1967. The switcher still bears Delaware, Lackawanna & Western markings and was built for that railroad in June 1957

The photographer had photographed this same switcher in Marion the previous summer. The switcher would work for Conrail as No. 8697.

Photograph by Mike Ondecker

Happy Old Year 1967

January 2, 2020

It was Kent State University’s Christmas vacation in December 1967, and Mike Ondecker and I had ridden Erie Lackawanna’s Lake Cities to Marion, Ohio. EL 823 and another E8A would power the Lake Cities west to Chicago while EL 833 would be left behind in Marion. The open nose door suggests that 833 had had a problem. How strange and wonderful the railfan world of 1967 looks through 2020 eyes.

Article and 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