We had occasion to travel to Columbus the other day and that took us down Rte. 23 past Marion. From the highway, you can easily see the old coaling tower that still spans the NS tracks there. It has to be at least sixty years since it was last used but still looks to be in pretty good shape... for the shape it's in. Too bad it has long been out of operation; NS ran the 765 through there a few years ago and it would have been really neat to see her stop for coal... and maybe take on some water too!
This picture paints a rather interesting contrast in that the old coaling tower straddles the line with a modern stacked container train on the tracks. Both old and new railroading are featured here.
One thing to note for those of you who like to scratchbuild. Usually, we fuss about getting angles of stair rails right but notice here that the rail supports are at a 90° angle to the handrails themselves. That makes life a whole lot easier and now you have a prototype photo for the practice!
Nice weather is train watching weather and for the first time in a long time, we visited Crossroads Park in Deshler to catch some railroad action. As usual, there were several other railfans there from all over and we all had a chance to chat. While I was there, I saw that the old milepost from North Baltimore for the cut-off to Tontogany was still standing. Note that the NB side is marked with a zero meaning that it was at the beginning of the cut-off track.
I have written about both of these places previously but just wanted to provide a bit of an update for those who may still be interested.