Posts Tagged ‘Marion Railfan Society’

Marion Railfan Society Meeting Saturday

September 14, 2021

The Marion Railfan Society will meet this Saturday at 7 p.m. at Marion Union Station.

The program is a slide show of photographs made by the late Joe Slanser.

The meeting announcement said there will probably be a slide-only open projector show following the showing of Joe’s slides so attendees can bring a brief slide show to share.

All railfans are welcome at MRS meetings.

Ohio Railfan Groups to Meet Saturday

August 12, 2021

The Marion Railfan Society said Thursday that its meeting this Saturday (Aug. 14) will be held in the parking lot of Marion Union Station and not inside the station as originally planned.

Due to the venue change, the meeting will begin at 8 p.m.

The program will be videos and digital images set to music presented by Paul Springkowski.

In an unrelated development, the Miami Valley Railfans, a Dayton area group, will meet Saturday at the West Carrollton Civic Center in the community room.

The meeting is expected to start at 7 p.m. The program will be slides presented by club members.

Marion Railfan Group to Meet Saturday

August 11, 2021

The Marion Railfan Society will meet this Saturday (Aug. 14) at 7 p.m. at Marion Union Station.

The program will be presented by Paul Springkowski and his friends who will be showing videos and digital images set to music.

Due to increasing cases of infections of the COVID-19 Delta variant the meeting will follow the recommendations of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that facial masks be worn inside.

This applies to all attendees regardless of their vaccination status. Masks will be available for those who need one. All railfans are welcome at MRS meetings.

Marion Railfan Group to Meet Saturday

July 16, 2021

The Marion Railfan Society will host an open slide projector for its July meeting on Saturday at the Marion Union Station.

A digital projector will not be available. Attendees who plan to show slides are asked to keep their programs to 20 to 30 minutes.

The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. All attendees are invited to present a program.

The group has announced its programs for the upcoming August and October meetings.

Paul Springowski will be the presenter at the Aug. 14 meeting, which is being held a week earlier than normal. Paul and his friends last presented in Marion in 2019. Their programs are slides set to music.

On Aug. 21, Marion Union Station will be hosting Everett Nelson’s Annual Train Show & Swap Meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

The Oct. 16 meeting will be the annual tower night program. Presenting will be Dan Maners and Wally Mattes. Their programs will be devoted solely to interlocking towers. 

Marion Railfans to Meet on Saturday

June 17, 2021

The Marion Railfan Society will host a slide-only open projector during its June meeting this Saturday.

The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. Attendees showing slides are asked to limit their show to 20 to 30 minutes.

The start time for the meeting has been pushed back so the station interior will be darker and the slides easier to see. 

Marion Union Station will host an NMRA Division 6 meeting on the same day and there will be numerous vendors of model railroad supplies.

Marion Railfans to Meet Saturday

May 13, 2021

The Marion Railfan Society will have a open digital projector program during its meeting on Saturday at Marion Union Station.

The meeting on May 15 will begin at approximately 7 p.m. Attendees must wear a facial mask and social distancing will be enforced during the meeting.

Those wishing to show images should bring those on a USB drive and limit their program to 20 to 30 minutes so others will have time to give their shows. 

All railfans are welcome at the meeting. There is no admission fee but donations are appreciated and used to maintain AC Tower and the depot.

Marion Railfans to Meet March 20

March 16, 2021

The Marion Railfan Society will hold its first regular meeting in about a year on March 20 at the Marion Union Station.

The meeting will begin around 7 p.m. and feature a program by Rich Behrendt highlighting photographs he made in 2019.

Attendees must wear a facial mask and observe social distancing. Masks will not be available at the station.

Following the program the digital projector will be open for a digital-only free-for-all with attendees invited to present their own 20 to 30 minute digital shows.  

The meeting to open to all and attendees are encouraged to make a donation to the fund to maintain AC Tower and the depot.

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.

Marion Railfans Meeting Set for Sept. 21

September 18, 2019

The Marion Railfan Society will hold its next meeting on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at the depot in Marion, Ohio.

This month’s program is an open projector format with attendees invited to bring a brief program on any topic that is railroad related.

All railfans are welcome at the meetings but donations are appreciated and to help pay to maintain the station and AC Tower.

The next meeting will be Oct. 19 when it will be the annual tower night show.

3 ARRC Members Present to Marion Railfans

November 22, 2014

Craig Sanders presents his VIA Canadian show at Marion.

Craig Sanders presents his VIA Canadian show at Marion.

The Nov. 15 meeting of railfans at the Marion Union Station featured three Akron Railroad Club members giving presentations.

Craig Sanders, ARRC president, presented a digital images review of his May train trip from Vancouver, B.C., to Toronto aboard The Canadian, which is operated by VIA Rail Canada.

Craig’s images were of magnificent scenery and train operations across Canada as well as activities on the train.

He showed some images of the Toronto rail scene at the end of his cross-Canada voyage on VIA.

His show was followed by ARRC member Richard Jacobs showing images from his September trip to Colorado. Jake focused on the three narrow gauge steam railroad trains that he and Barbara Cormel rode.

Roger Durfee, ARRC member and Norfolk Southern conductor, followed with a slide presentation of Conrail’s activities in Youngstown in the late 1970s into the early 1980s; before the end of steel making in that major industrial center.

MUSA member Bill Haines followed with slides of short lines from various areas of the United States.

The evening concluded with a presentation by MUSA members Pete White and George Detweiller about their recent trip to Durbin and Cass, W. Va. They rode heritage trains in the valley of the Greenbrier River and surrounding mountains.

It was a very interesting meeting at Marion enhanced by the presentations by three ARRC members.

While the photos were being presented, CSX and NS ran trains by the Marion Union Station. Since it was a cold night, the doors were closed so the sound of the trains was lessened.

Marion is a great place for railroad photography. With many trains on three mainlines and trackside access, a railfan can get many nice photos.

It was a nice sunny Saturday afternoon when I arrived about 3:30 p.m. I seemed to be always in the wrong place at train time, however.

I did manage two decent grab shots, one from my Trail Blazer and one from inside the station.
The NS westbound viewed through the station window had an Iowa, Chicago & Eastern unit leading. I missed the motive power shot and had to settle for the stacks passing over the CSX mainline.

A later NS eastbound had a BNSF war bonnet leading, but, again, I missed it.

Oh well, the photo shows were worth the visit. I also had a chance to visit once more with my MUSA friends. There will be other days to photograph the trains at Marion.

Article and Photographs by Richard Jacobs

Roger Durfee presenting his Conrail in Youngstown show at Marion.

Roger Durfee presenting his Conrail in Youngstown show at Marion.

Photo from inside the station. An NS westbound stack train crosses CSX former Big Four/EL mainlines. Relocated AC Tower is at the crossing.

Photo from inside the station. An NS westbound stack train crosses CSX former Big Four/EL mainlines. Relocated AC Tower is at the crossing.

Grab shot! A westbound CSX hopper train splits the home signals at Marion interlocking.

Grab shot! A westbound CSX hopper train splits the home signals at Marion interlocking.