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Fostoria RailPark Fostoria Ohio

I made my first visit to the Fostoria RailPark after is grand opening in November 2013 and can say I was impressed. It is clean. large and laid out for railfans as it is situated within the Iron Triangle which consists of 3 double track mainlines which host over 100 trains a day.

Back in November it was no more than a open field with a porta potty and a few parking spot. Today it is a huge landscaped fenced in area with lots of room for railfans and their families.

Here are a couple photos as construction started.

And as it looks today.

The RailPark is laid out to accommodate buses, camper and mobile homes and is open 24/7 for those dedicated railfans with heated washrooms and a open observation deck along with hydro plugs to charge those camera batteries. WiFi is in the works and should be available soon.

The park is surrounded by three sets of mainline, two CSX, ex C&O and B&O and NS ex NKP lines so action is fast and furious. The map below shows the RailPark and services available.

Action comes in all colours with even Canadian visitors such as this pair of CP SD40's

Norfolk Southern 8802 rolls by the RailPark and across the NS and CSX diamond. Their are 12 diamonds in Fostoria and no whistle ban so you get lots of notice when a train is coming. The biggest problem is to try and figure out which track it will be on.

This pair of flagged UP's takes its turn by the RailPark.

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I am sure it will become one of the premier railfan destinations as it was built for railfans and lots of things to come. The move of the old Toledo and Ohio Central to the park as well as the Lake Erie and Western caboose as well as the addition of a live video feed from the park.

Look forward to seeing you at the RailPark.

Walter Pfefferle

Fostoria Rail preservation Society