The church here is dedicated to St. Ronan, a 6th Century missionary of the Iona School, so the generally accepted view is that the place name comes from Ma Ronan (Sudric for St. Ronan).
The modern village is built around the station in terraces at the summit of Gordon’s Hill, but the older houses are built on ledges climbing up from the valley of the Maura (Sacred River). Other authorities claim that this is the basic source of the name. Viewed from the valley, the hillside village has a picturesque and alpine aspect. Many of the lanes leading to the houses are too steep and narrow for wheeled traffic. Donkeys with panniers are still employed in the delivery of bread, groceries and even coal.
The station is a compulsory stop for all Down, loose coupled and ”unfitted” goods trains. Brakes must be pinned down here. Conversely, bank engines, such as Edward, stop here and use the station crossover for the run back to Wellsworth.
In the Television Series
In the television series, the station has seen many changes to its architecture, the most notable of which being in the sixth season, when the platforms and lines became curved instead of straight. Maron FC and the junction for the Ulfstead Branch Line are located here.
In The Great Race, Thomas briefly zoomed through Maron during the song Streamlining. He also left Annie and Clarabel in the siding here so he could get repainted. Ashima spotted them, and continued to pull them for Thomas.
To the north of Maron is Boulder Quarry, which has long since been closed down.
- The main building model can be seen on display in a museum at Kyoto, Japan.
- Abbey station in the ninth season reused Maron's model.
- Several posters can be seen at Maron: one is Thomas crossing a bridge, seen from the opening of Hero of the Rails, and the other one is an advertisement of Ulfstead Castle with Connor and Caitlin. There is also a poster of Emily crossing Black Loch on the side.
- In Welcome to the Island of Sodor Sam!, the station has its original design.