Posts Tagged ‘Marion Ohio’

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

To Marion and Points In Between

July 6, 2021

Reflection shot at Crestline.
Parked CSX grain train in Crestline.
Restored N&W caboose in Bucyrus. Behind it is the monster NS coal train.
We got a second shot of the monster coal train in Marion.

First of two parts

For the 4th of July our plan was to head toward Marion but also play things by ear. It turned out to be a very productive day.

Our first stop was in Crestline where we caught a westbound CSX train. There were some large puddles so I took a reflection shot which turned out pretty well. There was also a parked grain train on the old Pennsy main in the yard.

Next stop was Bucyrus where the local society has restored a Norfolk & Westerm caboose. NS train 21N surprised us with the Nickel Plate Road heritage unit trailing.

A northbound followed and then a southbound – east by timetable but not by compass direction – combined loaded and empty coal train. 

NS has been combining trains recently to save crews although I have never seen two separate empty and loaded trains combined before.

The first part was a train 740 for a power plant in North Carolina; the second was empties for the coalfields.

This also turned out to be the largest train I have ever seen at 208 cars in length.

We then went to Marion where CSX 216 was switching the yard and had the entire town tied up for over an hour.

When he finally finished the floodgates opened with waiting trains in all directions. The monster train 740 also came through and we got it a second time.

While waiting we got word that the CSX 3194, the Honoring Law Enforcement engine, was leading a Q016 from Chicago. 

As this was the same situation and train that eluded Marty Surdyk in Fostoria last week during the Akron Railroad Club’s longest day outing we didn’t  want that to  happen to us. 

So we decided to drive to Deshler and, hopefully, catch it in daylight. You can read about that chase tomorrow in Part 2.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

EL Monday: An RS3 in Marion

June 7, 2021

Erie Lackawanna RS3 No. 1044 is in Marion in the late 1960s passing the Marion Union Station. Behind me is EL’s Marion Yard with its diesel shop.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday is Back

February 22, 2021

We’ve fired up the wayback machine again and gone back to the summer of 1967 in Marion, Ohio. Here we see Erie Lackawanna No., 6561, an EMD F3A in the yard. This unit was built in January 1947 for the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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

EL Monday: Sunning Itself in Marion

December 21, 2020

The late Mike Ondecker and I rode the Erie Lackawanna’s Lake Cities to Marion in December 1967 where we found RS3 No. 1008 sunning itself in the snow-covered area in front of the diesel shop.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Chessie Steam Special in Marion

November 7, 2020

We’re standing where the Chesapeake & Ohio passenger platform used to be at Marion Union Station. The date is Aug. 12, 1978.

Today is special because the Chessie Steam Special will be in town, albeit briefly.

Reading 4-8-4 No. 2102 with its colorful Chessie livery will be coming up from Columbus en route to Cleveland on a ferry move.

It’s the second season of the Chessie Steam Special and it will be the last.

The T-1 and its train had actually been through Marion earlier this month on these rails. On July 31, 1978, it passed through on a ferry move from Detroit to Columbus.

It pulled a series of trips out of Columbus including to Ashland and Toledo.

Now it’s time to head for Cleveland where it will operate two roundtrip excursions to Willard before moving on to Pittsburgh.

The purpose of the Chessie Steam Special had been to celebrate an anniversary of the Baltimore & Ohio.

That played out over two seasons then steam had an encore in 1980-1981 with the Chessie Safety Express tour.

Today CSX — the “C” in the carrier’s name is for Chessie — is adamantly opposed to hosting steam excursions.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Pandemic Leads to More Railfan Event Cancellations

October 19, 2020

The Marion Railfan Society has announced that it has canceled all meetings and slideshows for the remainder of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a notice posted on Facebook, the group said this also includes its annual train show scheduled for Dec. 5.

The Marion group had planned to meet on Oct. 17 to have its annual tower night slide show, but that event was canceled shortly before it could be due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in Ohio generally and in Marion County specifically.

Also canceled due to the pandemic is the Dayton Train Show, which had been scheduled to be held Nov. 7 and 8.

The show committee said it will instead focus on planning a show for Nov. 6- , 7, 2021.

Another Dayton area railfan group, the Miami Valley Railfans, had announced earlier that it was cancelling all activities for the remainder of 2020.

EL Monday: An RS3 in Marion

October 19, 2020

Erie Lackawanna RS3 No. 1019 leads a movement through the interlocking plant in Marion in mid 1973.

No. 1019 was built for the Erie by Alco in April 1951. Given that there is a caboose behind the locomotive this might be a local job.

It is crossing the Norfolk & Western and tracks by AC Tower in front of Marion Union Station. Although passenger service by Penn Central had ended two years earlier, the platforms are still in place.

Photograph by Robert Farkas