Posts Tagged ‘Marion Ohio’

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

Sperry Rail Car Nose

October 12, 2021

A Sperry Rail Car sits in Marion on Dec. 30, 1972. Sperry still has some rail vehicles but some track inspections are done by specially outfitted trucks.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Double Dip of Switcher 507

October 4, 2021

These two photos of the Alco S2 switcher No. 507 were taken only a few years apart. In the top image, No. 507 is shown in Akron 1967 or 1968 still wearing its Erie markings. The bottom image shows the unit in Marion on July 29 1972.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

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