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Fostoria Railfan Park Holds Grand Opening

November 16, 2013


I went to Fostoria on Friday for the opening of the railfan park. Here are some of my pictures. It was a cloudy day, but some good stuff ended up coming by. Each of the photos was taken within the railfan park or the immediate surrounding area, except for the photo of the NS crude oil

train that has the Southern heritage unit trailing. It was taken along U.S. 23 west of  Fostoria, almost to the town of Arcadia.

Photographs by Richard Thompson









Fostoria Railfan Park to Open on Friday

November 12, 2013

The railfan park in Fostoria, Ohio, will open on Friday, Nov. 15 in a 3 p.m. ceremony.

The city of Fostoria, Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, and the Fostoria Rail Preservation Society will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a reception at the BANKquet Hall on the corner of Main and Tiffin streets.

The park is located in Fostoria’s “Iron Triangle” bounded by two CSX routes and a Norfolk Southern line.

Whitta Construction of Fostoria began work on the park this past April. The park has a viewing pavilion for train watchers, a parking lot with access from South Poplar Street, lighting for nighttime photography and a heated restroom.

“We’ve had people since day one asking when the rail park is going to be done,” Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler said. “I’ve had calls from people all over the country.”

The rail park cost about $1.1 million of which 80 percent was paid for by a $815,760 grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Site preparation work began in 2007. A former pork-packing plant was razed in December 2010. A $300,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant helped the city clear the site.

The five-acre site is large enough to support additional features for the park. Future possibilities include a gift shop or museum.

Fostoria Awards Contract to Build Railfan Park

March 25, 2013
Thjis weed-infested field will be transformed this year into a railfan park. The lead unit of a westbound CSX train has just crossed the diamonds at F Tower during the Akron Railroad's Club's June 24, 2012, longest day outing.

Thjis weed-infested field will be transformed this year into a railfan park. The lead unit of a westbound CSX train has just crossed the diamonds at F Tower during the Akron Railroad’s Club’s June 24, 2012, longest day outing. (Photograph by Craig Sanders)

Construction of the Fostoria railfan park is expected to begin soon. The city last week awarded a $1.1 contract for the building of the Iron Triangle Visitor’s Center. The facility is expected to be finished late this year.

Fostoria is at the junction of two CSX routes and one Norfolk Southern mainline. The east-west CSX route is former Baltimore & Ohio while the north-south route is ex-Chesapeake & Ohio. The heritage of the NS route is the Nickel Plate Road.

Approximately 100 trains a day pass through Fostoria. The railfan park will be built on the site of a pork processing plant that was demolished more than a year ago at a cost to the city of $300,000.

The site is located in the northwest quadrangle of the crossing of the two CSX routes at F Tower, just south of the crossing of the NS line with the north-south CSX route.

The Akron Railroad Club visited Fostoria in June 2012 during its longest day outing. At that time, the railfan park was little more than a weed-infested field with a picnic table and portable restroom.

The campaign to establish the railfan park has been ongoing for the past 10 years.

The railfan park will become part of the city’s park system, but may be granted extended hours to enable railfans to watch trains at night.

Fostoria Rail Park in the Design Phase

December 4, 2009

Fostoria is a popular train watching spot in Ohio. The railfan park will be located behind and to the right of the photographer. A CSX train rounds the connection from the Chicago-Pittsburgh line to the Toledo line on June 29, 2008. In the background is F Tower. (Photograph by Craig Sanders)

Fostoria city officials have completed a preliminary drawing of the Fostoria Iron Triangle Rail Park.

“We’re on the right track and all on board for the project,” Fostoria Mayor John Davoli told The Review Times of Fostoria.

A public hearing on the plan was held in November at which railroad enthusiasts presented suggestions for the park’s design.

“The rail fans ended up giving us a lot of great information,” said city engineer Dan Thornton, noting that fans wanted a change in the planned platform.

“They told us they would like the platform back a little further. We thought they would like to be as close to the track as possible, but more distance is better for them, which is good news for safety, too,” said Thornton.

The park will have an open-air visitor center with rest rooms and concessions, a park shelter which may be located from Portage Park, lawn space for exhibitions and a model railroad garden, a viewing platform and a relocated depot for future use as a railroad museum.

Fostoria city officials will meet next week with the Ohio Rail Development Commission to discuss rail safety issues. “We’ll kick off the final design at that point. We’re just waiting for that meeting to happen,” said Thornton.

The final design will be reviewed by the Ohio Department of Transportation and the project will then be opened for bidding, probably late summer 2010.

Fostoria received a $815,760 grant money to transform the former 5-acre Boneyard into a railroad park. The grant will fund 80 percent of the $1 million project. The city’s cost of the project is $163,152.

The city also received a $300,000 grant to clean up the rail park site. City workers began clearing debris from the site last month.

Fostoria is one of the most popular railfanning locations in Ohio. Two CSX lines (both former Baltimore & Ohio) and a Norfolk Southern route (former Nickel Plate Road) cross here.

To read the complete story in The Review Times, click on the link below:,2009,Dec,02&c=n



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