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Erie Lackawanna Railroad-Anatomy of The Friendly Service Route
MARION DIVISION
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Here we cover the west end of the railroad, that portion of the Erie Lackawanna that in better times, was truly the speedway of the railroad with its long stretches of tangent track, few curves, gentle grades and all the other ingredients that helped make this a railroader's railroad, the Marion Division was the last part of the Erie to be completed and made the Erie one of the last trunk lines from the east to enter Chicago. Major classification yard was at Marion,Ohio, which also hosted the diesel shop assigned to work on the freight diesels. Among the traffic handled on this division was; dairy products, grains, automotive parts, tires,and other rubber products. Portions remaining in operation are: North Judson to Monterrey and Glenmore to Lima, Ohio. The last part of the railroad's west end to be build was known as the Chicago and Erie.
PRINCIPAL INTERCHANGE POINTS WITH OTHER RAILROADS
Marion: C&O,PC, N&W
Lima: PC,N&W,B&O
Decatur: PC,N&W
Huntington: N&W
Chicago: ATSF,BN,IC,GM&O,MILW,CNW, CRIP,GT,EJE

The major classification yard for the Marion Division was located at Marion,OH. It took over classification functions previously handled at Huntington, Indiana and in part, at Chicago, where a piggyback terminal was located at 51st and 55th Streets. On the passenger side, traffic was sparse on this end of the railroad, which helped account for why the Erie Lackawanna had managed to rid itself of its long distance passenger operations within 10 years of its creation. The following are the principal stations on the Marion Division's two lines:
Table 1. Main Line, Brady Lake to Chicago
Brady Lake
Kent
Tallmadge
Akron
Barberton
Silver Creek
Wadsworth
Rittman
Sterling (B&O crosses)
Creston
West Salem
Polk
Ashland
Mansfield
Harding
Galion
Martel
Marion
De Cliff
Kenton
Lima
Sperncerville
Ohio City
Decatur
Kingsland
Huntington
Bolivar
Round Lake
Disko
Akron
Manitou
Rochester
Pershing
Delong
Monterey
Aldine
North Judson
Wilders
Kouts
Boone Grove
Crown Point
Griffith
Hammond (Monon Connects)
Table 2. Marion-Dayton
Marion
South Marion
Green Camp
Richwood
Claiborne
Broadway
Peoria
North Lewisburg
Mingo
Kings Creek
Urbana
Glen Echo
Maitland
Sugar Grove Hill
Durbin
Cold Springs
Fairborn
Tates Point
Dayton Yard B&O-PC
Dayton-Taylor Street

The Marion to Chicago main stem of the Erie had its origin, first as the Chicago and Atlantic Railroad in association with the Atlantic and Great Western, then reorganized as the Chicago and Erie Railroad, which was merged into the parent company at the turn of the century. This restructuring and overhaul of the railroad's corporate structure and long term dabt was done under the able leadership of Frederick Underwood, who also electrified the Rochester-Mt. Morris commuter line, built the freight bypass River Line and made other improvements to the Erie property. This main stem of the Marion division continued to carry through freight traffic right up to the railroad's last day of existence. The line from Hammond, IN to Decatur was for a time, operated as the Erie Western Railway. Only the North Judson to Monterrey stretch is still in operation in Indiana. In Ohio, Indiana Hi Rail operates what had been the Spencerville and Elgin RR between Lima and Glenmore,Ohio, once a part of the Erie Main. Most of the Dayton Branch, too is gone as well. Out of the six Erie Lackawanna divisions, the Marion Division took the most hits, proportionately in terms of track removed from service and taken up. Marvin Kent, the founder of the Ohio city that bears his name, was one of the founders of the railroad. For the west end of the railroad, the huge yard at Marion, Ohio was the primary freight classification facility for the west end of the Erie Lackawanna system. It was at Marion's diesel shops that the freight diesel fleet was primarily assigned for its maintenance, while passenger units called Hornell,NY home. March 31,1976 was the Marion Division's last day of operation as one knew it.
LINE ABANDONMENTS- These were as follows:
A.Main Line
1.Hammond,IN-North Judson,IN
2.Monterey,IN-Glenmore,OH
3.Lima-Kenton
4.Dayton Subdivision-Marion to Urbana,Oh
5.Barberton to Marion
Thus, much of the Marion Division took a beating on the scheme of things as far as Conrail was concerned. Today, very little remains of the Erie Lackawanna east-west mainline across Ohio.

PRINCIPAL FREIGHT CONNECTIONS ON THE MARION DIVISION;Akron;PC,ACY,Lima;PC,N&W,C&O,Marion;C&O,N&W,PC;Decatur;PC