Norfolk Southern’s Marion Branch extends from Goshen, Indiana down to Anderson. It continued all the way down to North Vernon, Indiana, where it used trackage rights on the B&O to reach Louisville. Once of Big Four heritage, and later NYC, this route was run dark, without block signals. In 1975, under Penn Central ownership, position light signals from the Pennsylvania Railroad were installed every two miles, upgraded this line to secondary status. The route was used to funnel traffic off the ex-NYC Water Level Route at Goshen south to the ex-PRR Columbus Line in Marion, then to the ex-Big Four route in Anderson.
Here is a nice video tour of the route:
With the classic PRR position light signals disappearing, this line has become a final stronghold for them. Get your photos and videos now!
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