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.
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