Posts Tagged ‘Marion Union Station’

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

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.

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

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 on Saturday

April 14, 2021

The Marion railfans will meet on April 17 at 7 p.m. at Marion Union Station.

The program will have an open projector format with attendees invited to show their images in 20 to 40 minute segments of slides or digital images.

The event is open to all. Attendees must wear facial masks and social distancing will be enforced during the event.

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.

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

1987 Catches That Can’t Be Caught Again

June 10, 2020

I had some good catches in the summer of 1987, all of which will never happen again.

In the top photograph, I’m on the Gettysburg Railroad on July 11,1987, in Biglerville, Pennsylvania.

No. 76 is ex-Frisco, ex-Mississippian and now ex-Gettysburg. It was to the late Jerry Joe Jacobson, then sold to Steam Railroad Institute in Michigan with intended to restore it to operating condition.

Years later SRI sold No. 76 and it is now cosmetically  restored as a Baltimore & Ohio locomotive on display in Oakland, Maryland, never to run again.

Next up is Norfolk & Western 1218 on the return leg of a of Bellevue-Columbus roundtrip in Marion on Aug. 15,1987.

This scene can’t be repeated because the signal bridge is gone and AC Tower has been lowered and moved to the south side of the tracks.

Of course No. 1218 is no longer operational and sits in Roanoke, Virginia, at the Virginia Transportation Museum.

No. 1218 is also shown arriving in Bellevue on Aug. 15,1987, between a pair of Pennsylvania Railroad position light signals on the Sandusky District of Norfolk Southern.

The Sandusky District is still there but the signals are gone.

The last image shows Huntington & Broad Top No. 38 on the Kinzua Bridge in western Pennsylvania on Sept. 13,1987.

On July 21,2003 a tornado blew down 11 of the 20 bridge towers. The southern portion of the bridge has restored as a scenic state park, but trains will never again cross this bridge.

H&BT 38 is now owned by the Everett Railroad where it awaits restoration.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas