Fostoria Awards Contract to Build Railfan Park

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.

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One Response to “Fostoria Awards Contract to Build Railfan Park”

  1. Walter Pfefferle Says:

    Love the page. Added a link to the Fostoria Railpark web page.

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