Railfanning in the COVID-19 Era

By Giles Kennedy

Chief Editor/Founder

The Ohio Railroader Website

Chief Administrator

Ohio Valley Rails Facebook Page

The following pictures were taken along the Sandusky District line, Lake Division in metro Columbus, Ohio; April 2nd, 2020.

The first spot was Park Road Crossing in between Worthington and Lewis Center, Ohio; east of Westerville.

The second spot was Green Meadows Business Park, off Powell Road.

Both are highlighted in the original post on Railfanning North Columbus from 2013.

I did want you to see, even in a brief encounter; two great trains were caught.

This time and age is a strange and odd one.

We are practicing social distancing.

(Let’s be honest, if there were a great bunch who could pull this off…we can.)

But, let us mindful on what and how we can pull this off.

1st things 1st, have safety and sanitizing gear handy.

Hand sanitizer, wipes and a first aid kit should be part of any railfan’s servo.

Please also add paper towels, shop towels and a basic tool kit.

How many times have we had a mess or an automotive fix that we could take care of?

In addition; have an auto care or roadside assistance on your vehicle would be a great investment. The less stress you have out and about; the better off you will be…

More timeful tips…

Support your local restaurants, diners, bar/grills that have carry out when traveling or railfanning.

After this afternoon’s adventure; I ordered subs from Taranto’s Pizzeria of Polaris. (By the way, when the virus smoke…we so need to have a Columbus rail gathering there. It’s less than a mile away from the tracks…)

If and when getting services by groceries, hardware stores, and other essential businesses…thank them. It will do them and you a world of good…

Once the virus restrictions clear….get back to helping your local train club, rail attraction, and/or museum.

I am not doing this for myself. This is a reminder to all of us. Professional railroaders. Historians. Photographers. Modelers. Railfans.

We are all in this together…for the long haul. All for the Love of the Iron Horse.

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