Marion Union Station: Family Safe Railfanning

By Giles Kennedy

Chief Editor the Ohio Railroader Website

Founder, Ohio Valley Rails Facebook Page

Basic Information

Marion Union Station Association

532 W Center St Marion, Ohio 43302 (740) 383-3768

www.facebook.com/MarionUnionStationAssociation

Information on visiting per their Facebook page

“Marion Union Station (MUS) is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-2pm, and by appointment or by chance. (Due to the volunteer nature of our operation, please call ahead to make sure we will be open.) There is no admission charge, but donations are gratefully accepted.”

“AC Tower is open by appointment and by chance. The HO scale Marion Model Railroad Club is open Sundays from 2-5pm, Thursday from 7-10pm, and by chance. The station grounds are open 365 days a year.”

“The entire station complex, except for AC Tower and the caboose, are fully handicapped accessible. Plenty of free parking is available on site. A picnic table is trackside for your dining or train watching pleasure.”

Updated Ohio COVID-19 Safety Standards

As of February 6th, 2021

Facemasks or face coverings are required in entry of the Main Waiting Room/Main Hall.

Restrooms are available.

Personal Observations

As for me visiting a frosty February Saturday; Pete White greeted me at the Main Hall.. With the station area open to the public most Tuesdays, Thursdays (10 a.m.-2p.m.)and Saturdays (10 a.m.-4 p.m.); this is a extremely safe place for visitors.

The main property is mainly fenced off from the CSX and NS mainlines. There is access to AC Tower upon appointment. However, with today’s snowy leftovers from a earlier storm. I did not brave the stairwell.

You literally have a 360 view of the CSX Indianapolis Line aka the B Line (former Erie Lackawanna), NS Sandusky District (former N&W/PRR) and the CSX Columbus Subdivision (former C&O/Columbus and Hocking Valley).

Most people don’t realize this. If and when inside the Main Waiting Room area; there is access to the bay cupola windows of the former telegraph office. With inclement weather; this is an excellent vantage point for all lines crossing Marion Union Station and AC Tower.

Nearby dining options are close to State Route 95 and US 23; as well as various small diners, pizza shops and restaurants. Please visit Marion Convention and Visitors Bureau website for details.

Go to visitmarionohio.com ‘s main website for other places to visit as well.

During warmer months, the Marion Tallgrass Trail is along former Erie Lackawanna right of way.

The Harding Memorial and Home Museums; once opened for visitors is a great look into Warren G. Harding’s life. He was America’s 29th president, a previous newspaper owner and community leader.

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