North Columbus Raillines Revisited

By Giles Kennedy

Chief Editor/Founder The Ohio Railroader Website

Chief Admin Ohio Valley Rails Facebook Page

Here are some classic and updated places to railfan in Southern Delaware County and Northern Franklin County

Old Lewis Center

Prime parking spot: Vacant lot next to Delaware County EMS and near Lewis Center Road crossing

This is located right off Lewis Center Road between Old State Road (Delaware County) and US Route 23.

That being said, the Olentangy Crossing Shopping Center features a Kroger Marketplace and a Kroger fuel station. It is west of Olentangy Senior High School and the NS mainline. Close to amenities, this leaves you with a place to stock up for snacks, etc.

Green Meadows Business Center

Heading south on Old State Road from Lewis Center Road; take that to Powell Road. Turning right, follow Powell Road past the Boyd’s Goodyear to the four lane section of Powell Road.

Turn right from where East Powell dead ends into the four lane section of Powell Road. Follow over the railroad overpass and turn right on Cotter. Follow the drive around the warehouses.

This is a privately owned business center. However, parents with kids and railfans alike visit this spot to catch some train action.

You will see the Powell Road signal towers near the parking lot next to the mainline.

Norfolk Southern crews sometimes use this as a crew change point.

Several restaurants are nearby. My favorite is Taranto’s Pizzeria in the Oak Creek Center. Great food and free wifi make this a haven to hang out and chow.

Many people know of the great parks we have in Central Ohio.

Not many know that some of them are right next to active railroad lines; that the railfan and their family can come together.

Two of those parks are featured in this look as well as a favorite stop for folks to see trains run up close.

McCord Park-Worthington

333 E. Wilson Bridge Rd.
Worthington, OH 43085

Open dawn to dusk

Worthington Community Center (open hours throughout the week; please contact office for details)

614-436-2743

https://worthington.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/McCord-Park-8

https://www.worthington.org/209/Community-Center

While many of the activities at the community center are mainly for Worthington residents and members; the park area is open to the public. It includes two great playgrounds on the park grounds.

The All Children Playground ( a fully ADA playground) is in the front part of the property, adjacent to the community center. The Whitney Playground is on the far southwest part near the soccer/baseball fields as well as the Community Garden.

The nice thing for those who love trains; a donated caboose is planned to become a family friendly railfan platform. It is still in process as of June 2019; but city fathers and the park department have it on their radar. The B&O caboose is right next to the Norfolk Southern and CSX mainlines; on the east side of the property. It is a very safe place for those who wish to geek out on trains coming by.

The next place featured is not a park; but a popular hangout for seasoned railfans as well as families who wish to see trains travel by.

The Market at Flint Station has a major railroad heritage.

https://www.themarketatflintstation.com/

It has been in the past a railroad station for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Now, with new owners; a small market, bar, music space, and soon opening beer garden has come forth.

The owners take stock in its history as well as serving its nearby community. Many local bakers, food vendors and microbreweries supply its business.

They also many folks who like trains stop in from time to time.

Wedged in between the busyness of Polaris, I-270, and Worthington; it is indeed a nice little haven.

More north in Orange Township (Delaware County) a small township park serves a trail-head and small nature center.

Glen Oak Park

7126 Blue Holly Drive
Lewis Center, OH 43035

Between Orange Road and Lewis Center Road; this park with nature trails, fishing pond, skating areas and picnic sheller has another bonus. The Orange Township North/South Trail runs right along the NS/CSX main line. This is the same main line that runs from Downtown Columbus, Worthington and Flint.

Many activities for all members of the family; even at this small park.

It is also not far from Alum Creek State Park.

So whether you like trains or someone in your family does; there are many options in Central Ohio to see them. Thus, as well; the rest of the family can enjoy the outdoors.

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