Marion OH is another great location about an hour south
of Fostoria. This is another must-see when railfanning Ohio. A good idea is to go to Columbus for a day and stop at Marion.
The Station is being fixed up by a local club and sometimes it's open. if it is- please support the station preservation fund,
Marion and the Station is a unique place and a historiacal site that needs to be preserved! The station and railfan park sits
in a "box" between the CSX Columbus Sub and NS Sandusky Line, both running N-S, parallel through Marion. Both Paralle
lines cross CSX (ex Conrail) Indianapolis Line running E-W Through Marion. 60-100 trains per day, Location
Deshler OH. is about a 40-minute drive on route 18 west from Fostoria. I call route
18 "Railfan Road" The road and CSX tracks parallel and route 18 crosses the tracks a couple of times. On the way to Deshler
you will pass through New Baltimore a small town with a fairly good railfan spot in itself. There is a grain elevator
in town with some switching tracks as well. CSX will be building an intermodal yard just west of town. Construction is
set to begin in 2008.
Continue on Rt 18 to Deshler, in Deshler go partly trough town and near the gas station turn left towards the tracks
there is a small grocery store, we always stop and get meat, cheese and bread for sandwiches. The Railfan Park is located
south of the tracks, it has a covered area with tables to relax and eat in the shade. The park is situated beside the CSX
Willard sub and Toledo sub X-ing. There is a small yard south on the Toledo Sub. The Toledo Sub is the ex B&O line from
Toledo's Stanley Yard to Cincinnati Ohio (a large hub for railroads).
About 100 trains pass through Deshler, most of the B&O Main to Chicago. Deshler is the border The Garrett
Sub begins at Deshler and continues west towards Defiance OH, the Willard Sub begins at Deshler and continues East to Fostoria
and then to CSX's large Yard at Willard OH. Note: Camping is allowed at the Park for
a small donation. Location Rating 9.5