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Well my plan had been to go from Celina after dropping my wife off to work but she decided to take the day off. I managed to get her to agree on leaving VW by 730 am for Marion so we did end up taking ST Rt 309 all the way into town. As soon as we arrived we got stopped at the gates for a northbound NS manifest. I was quick enough to set up for the south bound grain train though.
After this we went exploring around town to scout out good spots. I know we would catch almost every train through town if we waited at the diamonds but variety is good and when its 30 out I can only stand it for so long. First we stopped for pics of the loco and caboose working in the NS yard north of the diamond.
EX Conrail bay window 21307 by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr

What is the white buttons above the rear hand brake on the SD40-2?
NS SD40-2 6132 by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr

I prefer these over the SD40-3 square cabs on CSX but still wish it was a high hood.
Admiral Cab on NS 6132 by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr

Next we followed the Indy line east through town. Was a slow spot in the day as they were highrailing the line. At the Bunge plant we caught their EMD NW2 switching a cut of cars into the siding. The only other time I've jeard this style of horn was the GP9 at steamtown.
Marion Ohio Bunge plant switcher EMD NW2 by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
Marion Ohio Bunge plant switcher by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
Marion Ohio Bunge Plant along side CSX Indy line by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr

Follow east we investigated the Marion Industrial Center/ Schneider and photographed their SW1500.
Marion Industrial Center EMD SW1500 by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr

We made it to the stub in time to catch a GP38-2 shoving a set of cars into the MIC. The track crosses a drive way in the baseball park we were filming from. The conductor protected this with a few flares. Later we caught the loco and cars leaving west down the Indy line which I edited into 1 video.
CSX 2800 GP38-2 Marion Ohio by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr

Back at the diamonds, I saw a green for northbound on the CSX (I believe former C&O?). This was from Silver St. I waited here almost half an hour. In that time a CSX man came and changed the grease bucket on the flange greaser. Just in time too because I could heard the southbound KCS power Schneider intermodal coming to town.
KCS Schneider intermodal arrives in Marion Ohio by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
KCS 4578 / 4609 Marion Ohio by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
Kansas City Southern and the Marion station by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr

Later they shoved this train across town with the conductor riding the back the whole way. Why I didn't film this I will never figure out. Later the power was shut down on the stub to Schneider.
KCS 4578 / 4609 wait on the siding to Marion Industrial Center by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr

On the Indy line there was 1 more train before the C&O northbound could pass through town.

Also waiting to cross was a NS local with high hood power!

We found that retired EL/NYC caboose. Looks fine visually but at least it is not scrap.
Erie NYC caboose 21114 Marion Ohio by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr

We caught the CSX ex Conrail/NYC caboose also.
Ex Conrail NYC caboose 21293 by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
Do you see the conductor? Hes nice and warm by the fire. Yes we did see smoke coming from the chimney. We had trouble getting ahead of them. Finally made it just before they started switching on the stub on the NE side of town (possibly the EL main).
CSX 6065 GP40-2 working the stub on the NE side of Marion Ohio by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr

That was the last before we left town. We missed several trains this day though, a few on the Indy line (manifest and intermodal), a CSX coal northbound on the C&O, a pair of SD60E's leading an intermodal and the SD40-2 6132 and caboose left town while we were filming the last train. Still we were in town about 6-7 hours and got a good mix.


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Nice catches, especially the cabeese and the KCS Schneider train. On the 6132, could the
white buttons be the controls for an electronic handbrake?


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That's a heck of a way to get some fresh air. You had a good day. The lower angle of the sun gives those pics a nice softness. Nice captures! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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