RAILFANNING Your Favorite Lines and Other Stories of Trespassing.
Railfanning is a great way to spend time with friends, learn about the railroad, see some historical elements, and add much to the enjoyment of our hobby. I joked about the "trespassing" on railroad property in my title, but we try to be careful and law-abiding. On the left, Jerry and Gary, the "Bobsy Twins," (as Tom Dixon, founder of the C&O Historical Society, calls us due to our presentation of clinics at various conferences) are touring a diesel locomotive at one of the COHS conferences "a year or two ago."
We follow the old saying of "Take only pictures, leave only footprints." Often, photos may be taken from public property or sign up for a tour via a railroad club or society. Safety First should be the basis of all activities.
This section will be dedicated to various railroad outings and activities.
The perfect example of sharing an outing with friends is seen on Dunloup Creek near Thurmond, West Virginia at the 2011 Saint Albans Modelers and Museum spring weekend get-together. Friends from Division 9 of the NMRA, SACOMM and COHS gather to "chase trains" down the subdivision to Southside Junction. A noted C&O O scale modeler from the Mid-west and his family are at the left. You C&O guys know who I mean! Their presence made the trip all the more enjoyable for those of us who have admired this gentleman for many years. Click to see loco.