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FOSTORIA RAILPARK UPDATE
We would like to start a list of people who visit the RailPark and where you are from. If you agree we would also like to create a mailing list to keep you informed of events and news about the park. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, city and date at the Railpark and if you want to be added to our mailing list. We will be creating a page listing your name and city and date visited. Your email will NOT be listed and will be kept private and only used by the Fostoria Rail Preservation Society. I am sure we have visitors from many places and maybe a special recognition from the farthest visitor each month. Let us know what you think.
The Guest Book can be viewed HERE
Age of Steam Roundhouse and Amish Country Bus Tour
We enjoyed your company last year on our Age of Steam Roundhouse and Amish Country bus tour and hope you, your family and friends wish to tour with us again.
The enclosed brochure lists the schedule for the Thursday, August 20, 2015 bus tour. We depart Fostoria at 7:00 a.m. with a full day planned. Of course, the Age of Steam Roundhouse is our main destination. Lunch at Dutch Valley Restaurant consists of a family-style meal of pan-fried chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes & gravy, noodles, dressing, salad, dessert and beverage. There will be plenty of time to shop at the stores located adjacent to the restaurant. Last year we visited Breitenbach Wine Cellar and we will again stop there for your pleasure. Sugar Creek’s famous CooCoo Clock, Smuckers Store, and the Orrville Depot are also planned for this years trip. D&J Hobbies has a huge display of antique toys & train-related items.
Please complete the form at the bottom of this page and return it with your check, $84.00 per person. A $10.00 deposit must be paid to reserve your seat with the balance due by August 15th. Please write your check to FRPS. Booking deadline is Thursday, August 13. Please mail your check & information form to: Teresa Lee, 237 College Avenue, Fostoria, OH 44830. Please call me at 419-435-8023 if more information is needed.
Hope to see you August 20th. Thank you.
Teresa Lee, FRPS President
Payment form can be downloaded from HERE
14th Fostoria Rail Festival Registration
March 31st 2015
Fostoria F Tower Closes
CSX Transportation closed F Tower in Fostoria on Monday and transferred responsibilities to Indianapolis dispatching desk. Last trains under Fostoria control passed the tower at 9:30 am Monday morning. A final shift was on Tuesday morning to complete final changeover. Here are a couple photos taken on Tuesday as an era came to an end.
Fostoria Rail Preservation Society
Newly painted depot September 2014
January 20 2015
For anyone who wish to visit the Roanoke Virginia Museum of Transportation, John Hersch, a FRPS member, has 4 entrance tickets for free to give away. They are valid until February 28, 2015. If you are interested, please contact John at 567-525-4219.
FRPS will have their January meeting this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. NOTE the time!!! Location is the LE&W depot, 128 W. North St.
The rail park has had visitors even during the cold cold January weather. Please use the sidewalks, stone or concrete, and do not walk on the area just west of the restroom door side of the platform. This area was reseeded and has NO grass, therefore a lot of mud is in the area
The scanner that was on the D&N building, was moved to the rail park platform. Michael Harvey, St. Marys, donated the scanner and we appreciate his generosity. Along with the scanner, a vending machine is also on the platform. As always, we would love for all railfans who visit Fostoria to help us. When you visit a restaurant, etc. please advise you are a railfan. We need for the Fostoria vendors to know the rail tourism dollars are ending up in their cash register.
Thanks to those that have visited the RailPark and wanted to be added to our Guest list. Check out who has visited.
The Guest Book can be viewed HERE
Have not set up going to train shows this year. Will sit down soon and figure out which train shows we will be at. This cold cold winter weather has been a deterrent to deciding where to go. How about some really warm locations? Any suggestions.
Santa at the Depot, our 8th annual event, was a huge success. Over 1,000 people visited our depot. We were open for the Dec. 6 Chamber event (400+ people that day) as well as our Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoon hours. Santa was busy talking to the children. As usual, most enjoyed talking to Santa (, some smaller children had tears but the trains were are always popular. We had 50+ trees, 32-36 of them being 6' or larger. Every year we add lights and are already planning for the next event.
See you at the Railpark
September 15th 2014
Greetings to all this fall weather weekend.
Fostoria Chamber Car Show, Car Swap Meet, Flea Market and food wagon vendors will be outside around the Fostoria High School. Train rides too. Weather permitting, remote controlled airplanes. Inside our 13th rail festival will have train vendors, of course model train displays, photo contest entries, 4 NARCOA speeders, Bob Lorenz prints, photos and originals, good tasting soup, childrens corner, and the school cafeteria will have their always good food available. The historic bus tour will be available for you to learn more about Fostoria's railroad history. 10-4, Saturday Sept. 27. See you there. More info, look on our website or facebook pages.
Have you seen the October issue, Trains Magazine? Fostoria is listed in Matt VanHattems top ten rail fan locations in North America. Thanks Matt !!!!!!!
Also in the October issue is a feature on Sequence photos. FRPS member John Herreshoff entered a sequence shot at Durand MI and received runner-up. Good JOB John.
Click Banner Above to View Winners
August 28th 2014
Hello to everyone
Hope everyone will have a great Labor Day weekend. Assume the rail park will be filled with railfans. This certainly has been an exciting year with so many people coming back and using the new park and commenting on how nice the park is. Thank you city of Fostoria !!! The license plates are from so many states too !!!
FRPS listens to railfans and had two park projects, we were asked to remove the power pole outside the fence on Columbus Avenue. So far we know it is not a city of Fostoria pole and not a N/S pole. Now we need to talk to AT&T so we can legally remove the pole for photo ops. You will notice the 3' weeds have bee mowed on the B&O nb transfer line. Glenn Grove, John Potteiger and I were the committee. We cut the weeds down, mowed them with a lawn mower and finally sprayed Roundup on them. Now there is a clear view in that area.
Saturday, September 27, 13th Fostoria Rail Festival, 10-4, 1001 Park Avenue. Information on our website and Facebook pages. Vendor tables are still available and at the regular price until Sept. 6, after that additional cost per table. Many activities, rain or shine. Bigger and better every year.
Trains & Buggy Tour Bus Trip
August 22nd 2014
Last Friday 54 people met in Fostoria to begin our bus trip to Age of Steam Roundhouse, Warthers Museum, Dennison Depot, Breitenbach Wine Cellar, Walnut Creek Cheese and dinner at an Amish home. We left at 6:30 a.m. and arrived back in Fostoria just before 11:00 p.m. It was a long, but wonderful day. A big thank you to FRPS President Teresa Lee and Joe Bouillon (JB Tours) for the great trip schedule.
When can we do it again? Are you going?
All photos courtesy Ellen Gatrell.
"click above to see the photos"
August 12th 2014
Hello to all
The August 22 bus trip to the Age of Steam Roundhouse, Dennison Depot and so much more is full BUT there can be a fill-in list in case someone cannot go. Please call Teresa Lee at 419-435-8023. She will give you the details. Thanks !!!!!
Do you have photos for the Fostoria Lens-Eye View Photo Contest? Look on our FRPS website, Fostoria Rail Park Facebook or FRPS Facebook page for more information. Our webmaster, Walter, is doing a fine job!!! Thanks Walter !!!!!
The 13th Fostoria Rail Festival is not too far away. Vendor table reservation form is on our sites and can be downloaded. We are going to have a bigger show, Chamber Car Show, Car Swap Meet, Flea Market added to the train vendors, model train displays, photo contest, soup contest, childrens play area, train rides in and out, remote controlled airplanes and speeders, bus tour of Fostoria historic rail locations and of course good food. Saturday, September 27, 10-4 at Fostoria HIgh School. Location is right beside the previous event location. We just moved to a larger venue area.
The new Member and expired renewal membership matching fund has topped $2,100 + !!!!! Thanks to all who have helped!!! Especially our friend, Walter in Illinois !!!! Thank you for your generosity !!!!
FRPS was featured in Railpace Magazine, August issue. Had told everyone about this in previous emails but want you to know we have additional magazines available for sale. We will also sell Railpace monthly issues to you too.
Reminder, the LE&W depot, 128 W. North Street, is open on Saturdays, 1-4 from May thru September.
July 30 2014
Hello to all of you
June 9, 2014
Hello to everyone.
Top on our list is we are on a membership campaign. Many of you are FRPS members but some are not. We need your support to help us reach our goals. Some FRPS members are matching $ for new members or those of you who have let your membership lapse. Please help us if you can.
The Ohio Rail Development Commission sends out the Track Record and we had been forwarding this to our 500+ email list. Unfortunately, we are discontinuing this practice. You will be able to read it on our website. Too many times, almost weekly, someone would unsubscribe directly to ORDC.
Saturday, September 27 isn't too far away. That is the date for the 13th Fostoria Rail Festival. Fred Fogelsinger, Michigan resident sent in his check for vendor tables at our rail festival. Thanks Fred !!! We have moved the rail festival to the high school, which is right beside the old location, we needed more room for vendors. We added remote-controlled airplanes to our outside displays as well as the Fostoria Chamber car show. Hope to see you too.
FRPS is a member of Destination Seneca County and they have a billboard on US 23 near Upper Sandusky. Look for the billboard near the SR 53 exit. Eddie Durnwald's railpark photo with a NS Triple Crown beside the platform is the billboard photo. Thanks Eddie and Destination Seneca County !!!
FRPS is planning for the Owosso Michigan Steam Railroading Institute event on June 20-22. 30,000 are expected to attend and we are planning to talk to everyone and tell them about Fostoria Ohio !!! Are you going to be there? Stop in and see us in the big tent.
FRPS elected new board members. Teresa Lee is the new President. Renee Smith is 1st vice president with Herm VandeKerkhoff continuing being the VP of acquisitions. Board members are retiring President Jim Roberts, Joe Droll, Pamela Smith, Tom Miller, and John Potteiger. Secy-treas. is Ellen Gatrell.
The LE&W Depot will be painted this summer. Colors selected are a medium gray with white trim. This is close to the original colors. We have an estimate of less than $7,000. including paint and labor. Would you like to help with the depot painting project? Your monetary donation would be greatly appreciated.
765 will have their open house on August 16. Here is an opportunity to
see the NKP 765 up close and personal. The 765 will be traveling
through Fostoria sometime in September as they are going to Cuyahoga
May 28, 2014
Canadian Railway Observations is one of the premier online railway newsletters concentrating on Canadian Railways and is packed full of information and great photos. They will be publishing an article on the Fostoria RailPark in the June issue. You must be a member to access the current month but I have uploaded the article I wrote to our web page. It can be accessed here.
May 24, 2014
Hello to all this beautiful Spring Day !!!!
Just a short note advising the May FRPS meeting is tonight !!! The meeting time is 6:00 p.m. Please plan to attend and get involved in our organization.
The rail park is open for all. 24/7 with trains constantly passing by the rail park. The restrooms are in perfect order. Fostoria's Mayor Eric Keckler was asked if grills can be used at the park and he says OK !!! We have had many new visitors and of course those who have come to Fostoria for years are excited to see the new park !!! Enjoy the facilities.
May 15, 2014
Those that are wondering about the wash rooms, they are open and working properly. Few instances of people stealing the toilet paper so please have an eye. Also please stay off the grass as it has been reseeded and this wet weather will make it a sea of mud. Parking is no longer permitted at the station lot as CSX has had some damage to vehicles and has installed a camera and voice announcement that you are trespassing. The RailPark has lots of great spots so no need to park there, Hydro is available at the observation area and WiFi will be coming soon. Happy railfanning and be safe out there.
January 30, 2014
Regarding the extreme cold weather, the Rail Park has taken on a frozen issue--broken water pipes in the women's restroom. Seems the doors do not always close tightly enough with the extreme wind and cold we have had this January. Both restrooms will be locked until the broken water pipes can be repaired. Sorry for the problem, but we hope this is a small problem as with the colder than usual temperatures there certainly are less people viewing trains at the rail park. We are staying home where it is warmer until the weather breaks.
Please mark Thursday, April 17 (3rd Thursday in April) for the Fostoria Railroad Employees Reunion. This year the event will be held at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home's lower level, 725 Columbus Avenue (SR 18 going toward Bascom/Tiffin). Doors will open at 5, dinner at 6 and program at 7. We are pleased to announce Kelly Lynch, Ft. Wayne RR HS (NKP 765) Communications Director will be our speaker. Expect to hear a special announcement at this program too. There is an elevator to the lower level for those not wanting to use steps. More info on the program later.
July 20-22 is another "Train weekend" Owosso Michigan, Steam Railroading Institute will host Train Expo 2014. Look on their website for more info. www.michigansteamtrain.com
FRPS is on the board for the 7th Toledo National Train Day, and meetings will begin this week. More info later.
Stay warm !!!!!
FRPS Receives $1000 Grant from ORU
FRPS Photo Contest - WINNERS ANNOUNCED Click to see winners.
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