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Marion, OH

Post by WNYRailfan » Mon Apr 05, 2004 6:53 pm

What were the names of the railroads that utilized the terminal in Marion, OH?

What tracks border the station/museum?
Note: Old names and new names would be helpful :wink:

What can a railfan do in Marion today?
Is there still lots of rail action today?
Can you still see the signal bridge that was in Emery Goulash's videos?

Thanks.
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Post by catfoodflambe » Mon Apr 05, 2004 8:00 pm

Marion is still a great place to watch trains - you can literally be trackside and still be off railroad property. The place is very popular on nice days.

The signal bridge is gone, unfortunately.

The north-south lines are relative simple - the PRR/N&W/Norfolk Southern main from Columbus to Sandusky runs along the east side of the station.
The Hocking Valley/C&O/CSX Columbus-Toledo line runs along the west side of the station.

Along the north side of the station, the old Erie/Erie Lackawanna and Big Four/NYC/PC came into town from the east on what functioned as a double-track main line from Akron and Cleveland respectively. Just west of the station, the two lines split - the Erie-EL peeling west-northwest to Lima and Chicago, and the NYC/PC going west-southwest to Bellefontaine and Indianaoplis. In addition, the Erie/EL Dayton branch took off to the southwest at the same location. The Erie/EL maintained a sizable yard opening up west of the station.

All of this was merged into Conrail in 1976. CR pulled up the Erie/EL side of the eastern line as well as the Dayton branch. The yard is still there, however.

CSX, of course, purchased the Big Four/NYC/PC/CR line in 1999. Today, they run a great deal of traffic over the connection between their north-south line and their east-west line - carload traffic moving into and out of Williard from Cincinnati and Indy, plus intermodal traffic moving south off the old B&O main line to Columbus (it goes west to Ridgeway, then south to Marysville and the IM yard in the west side of Columbus - the straight shot south involves very unfavorable connection layouts and traffic situations in downtown Columbus.).

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Post by nycrick » Tue Apr 06, 2004 10:27 pm

Don't forget AC tower and the Marion MR Club. AC Tower was moved from the northside of the EL/Big 4 main to Marion Union Station property(about 100') and is now open to the public. The MR club occupies the western portion of the building & is open on weekends.
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Post by MR77100 » Thu Apr 08, 2004 6:12 pm

When was the EL branch ripped up? I know it was cut back to Richwood at one point?

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