Marien Industrial District:
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|ABOUT THE WESTERN OHIO MARIEN
The Western Ohio Marien Switching District models a freelanced town at the eastern end of the Western Ohio's Peavine Division
Marien, OH (named after my wife, and not to be confused with Marion, OH) is said to be loacated just west of Portsmouth, OH just across
the Scioto River from the Norfolk Southern's Vera Junction.
|The Western Ohio Marien Switching District on display at the NMRA Division 7 trainshow in Cincinnati.
My dad is pictured overseeing the layout. (Full Size)
Marien is home to five industries and a small yard. The yard serves the local industries, receiving inbound cars, blocking them for the
local switch job, and routing outbound cars. It also blocks cars for interchange with the Norfolk Southern at Portsmouth.
The industries in the area are anchored by the large (freelanced) Buckeye Mills cereal facility. This facility receives inbound
grain that is unloaded and stored the complex's grain elevators. Boxcar loads of cearal are loaded from the warehouse, and sent
to distribution centers throughout the region.
The other industies are much smaller. While they generate much less traffic, there is more than enough revenue to justify continued
service from the Western Ohio. The industries are quite varied, resulting in an interesting mix of freight traffic that includes
lumber loads on bulkhead flats, plastic pellets delivered in covered hoppers, refrigerated loads of meat trimmings and tank car loads
for the local meat by products plant.
This small switching layout had a very productive
life, providing hours of entertaining railroading
for more than a decade. Built to be portable,
it was also displayed at the NMRA division 7 train
show on three different occasions. But as is
so often the case, the Marien Industrial District
had to be scrapped to make way for the Peavine
Before dismantling the layout, I recorded one of my
final operating sessions. Click here to view