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RAIL FESTIVAL UPDATE
Greetings to all
This is an update on the upcoming Fostoria Rail
Festival. We have had questions as to why there are two different
addresses for the event. The Fostoria Jr/Sr. High School building will
have the vendors and some train layouts, the Fostoria Elem, building
(using the gym), which is beside the high school campus, will have the
larger model train layouts. We have 200+ train vendor tables (55+ vendors)
with many returning vendors and some first-time vendors in Fostoria. The
lobby, gym, auxiliary gym, cafeteria and two adjoining hallways will be
It looks like the weather for next weekend is really
great, mid 70's.
There will be golf carts to take you from the
high school cafeteria to the elem. gym location.
There will be
plenty of parking. When driving to the high school from N.Countyline St,
you will immediately be on the east side of the school, the lobby area.
You can park there or drive around to the rear of the school (west side)
and park either outside of the high school cafeteria or go to the elem.
gym parking lot (which is just west of the high school campus).
The admission is $5.00 per adult with children under 10 free. After
entering the rail festival, you will be given a raffle ticket and be
eligible for our $10. gift certificates. Winning ticket numbers will be
drawn throughout the day with the winning numbers posted beside the FRPS
tables. The winners will be able to use the $10. certificate at any of the
vendors at the rail festival.
The Lens-Eye View PHoto Contest
entries will be on display at the rail festival. So far, there are 22+
entries. The winners are selected by the Fostoria Community Arts Council.
Prizes are $75. 1st prize; $50. 2nd prize; $25. 3rd prize and $10. 1st.
Honorable Mention. The key to the winning photo is how does the photo show
the trains as well as Fostoria's rail locations? Having a photo all
people, not just railfans, would enjoy viewing.
The Fostoria High
School cafeteria will be busy serving all of the hungry attendees. We have
heard only wonderful comments on their delicious food. and reasonable
Something new this year--The Seneca County Health Dept.
has asked to have their van at our event. We will have the van in the west
side parking lot outside of the school cafeteria. The Health Dept. will be
able to provide vaccinations, distribute free test kits and PPE. NO
insurance cards are needed for the services.
Romick Railway will
be providing train rides outside of the building. Attendees of our rail
festival can ride for free.
Hopefully we will have enough
volunteers to have a children's area in the cafeteria. Children will be
able to color train-themed coloring pages. Parents can relax for a while.
We can always use volunteers to help setup the tables Friday night
(3-5pm) and take down the tables Saturday (4-6).
The Fostoria Iron
Triangle Rail Park will be filled with many railfans. Our B&O I-18 caboose
will be open to the public Saturday from 11-1.
Hope to see you,
Last year we had attendees from Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois,
Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, MIchigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New
Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, West Virginia and
Wisconsin. We are not taking a survey this year, however, IF you want to
advise us of your home state, please do.
Congratulations To Our Winners
Check Them Out
Dec 14 2019
Railcams For Railfans - Sandy Creek makes
watching trains convenient, easy, free.
By Morgan Manns Staff Writer
Rail fans come from near and far to watch
trains as they travel through Fostoria. However, some may not have the
opportunity to visit as often as they’d like.
A local business has made it easier for those fans to enjoy their
favorite pastime without having to be in town.
Sandy Creek Mining Company is sponsoring two railcams in town, allowing
people from all over the world to watch trains drive through the city.
"Growing up in town, we have a personal interest in trains," Justin
Woodruff, Sandy Creek general manager, said. "It was a nice opportunity
to support the Rail Park, our community and our friend Mike with
Mike Kisser, founder of Railstream, installed the two cameras about 8-10
years ago on Sandy Creek’s building at 522 S. Poplar St. — with their
approval — because he couldn’t get to Fostoria as much as he would have
liked to see the trains.
"Mike contacted us and said he was interested in adding his cameras and
building his business," Woodruff said. "We thought what he was doing was
interesting and as we’ve gotten to know each other better, the
sponsorship made sense."
Sandy Creek’s sponsorship allows viewers to watch trains go through
Fostoria without having to pay a monthly fee.
The cameras, located on Sandy Creek’s building, face east and west along
CSX’s B& O tracks. The Fostoria, Ohio (PTZ) Railcam sits at Poplar
Street and faces west towards the Tiffin Street overpass. The compacted
view shows the railroad tracks cross Main, Union and Findlay streets,
with a view of the overpass in the background. The Fostoria, Ohio (East)
Railcam is at Poplar Street and faces east towards Columbus Avenue.
To view the live stream from the railcams, visit
railstream.net/live-cameras/ and click on one of Fostoria’s cameras.
"We’re just glad it has had such good results," Woodruff said. "Since
(the cameras have) gone through the sponsorship, we’ve received a
tremendous amount of ‘thank yous’ from people all over the world. We’re
glad it’s bringing joy to their lives and it’s nice to hear those little
things. We’re glad it’s helping the community."
Sandy Creek officials plan to continue to sponsor the cameras, which run
"It’s amazing," Ellen Gatrell, Fostoria Rail Preservation Society
secretary-treasurer, said. "It’s fabulous that they — a Fostoriabased
company — recognize that Fostoria has rail tourism and that it’s
growing. There are a lot of people who know about Fostoria and come here
to see the trains. We are important. Fostoria is important. And the rail
tourism opportunities here are amazing. They recognize Fostoria’s rail
importance in the world and we have to applaud them for that."
Sandy Creek Mining Company, Inc. is a wholesale builder and supplier of
mining equipment and products, which are used in gemstone panning
operations around the world and provide both education and a hands-on
participatory activity for kids and adults alike.
Founded in 1991, there are more than 450 locations in 20 countries.
Products can be found in small gift shops, campgrounds, amusement parks,
family fun centers, country orchards, museums, zoos and show-cave
In addition to the two cameras in Fostoria, Railstream has 26 other
cameras in 21 locations, including Delaware, Ohio, as well as Illinois,
Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia
and Ontario, Canada.
For more information on Railstream, visit railstream.net or call
For more information on Sandy Creek Mining Company Inc. visit their
web page or call 419-435-5891.
THIS SCREENGRAB from Railstream.net shows a CSX train as it chugs along
the B& O tracks from the Tiffin Street overpass to South Poplar Street
in Fostoria Wednesday afternoon. Sandy Creek Mining Company has
sponsored this railcam, as well as the other railcam in Fostoria (which
faces east along the same tracks), allowing rail fans to watch trains go
through the city without having to pay a monthly fee.
SCREENGRAB FROM RAILSTREAM.NET Used with permission form
FOSTORIA RAIL FESTIVAL Sept
Hello to all
The 18th Fostoria Rail Festival is over and we
can all say it was a good day for vendors and railfans!! Saw happy
faces on vendors and bags in the railfans hands. The crowd was
great with 172 tables sold to 60+ vendors, many new as well as the
familiar faces to our train show. Bob Lorenz and his wife Bea were
here and we were all thrilled. Bob celebrated his 95th birthday on
Sunday, Sept. 29. How wonderful to be so coherent and able to still
paint !! Bob will be featured in the October issue of the NKP RR
HS magazine. We will want to get plenty of copies for FRPS.
Photo Contest--There were 18 wonderful entries in
this years contest. Judges Choice is selected by the Fostoria
Community Arts Council. There choices are--First--#18, Staci
Reiter,"Mom, the NKP 765 is really loud"; Second--#12 Patrick
Berryman, NS in Snow; Third--#6, David Moyer, A Duo on the Rails.
Peoples Choice were selected by those at the Fostoria Rail
Festival. Winners were--First, #2, Gerald Lee, Waiting for Orders;
Second #12, Patrick Berryman, NS in Snow and Third is a tie-- #13
Richard Riley II, KCS 4777 & Staci Reiter, #17, NKP 765.
Congratulations to all. You will receive your gift cards in the
There were six soup entries with the following
results. Peoples Choice winners were--First,--a tie-- Marilyn
Beers, Vegetable Soup with Sausage; and Teresa Lee- Chili; Third
Place--Ellen Gatrell--Chicken Noodle Soup.
Railfans at the rail park were interviewed by a
WTOL,Toledo CBS TV station reporter late last week. Had heard
about it but did not see any of the three times it was on TV on
Friday so I did look it up.
Here is the
People Who Watch Trains".
Loved to see many people who come here often.
You might be one who was interviewed or have you watching trains.
Rudy, Bill, Tyler, Larry, and others too. Thank you WTOL !!!
A huge thank you to all the volunteers, FRPS
members including the 15 Fostoria High School Cross Country students
who helped setup the almost 200 tables for event. Teresa Lee's
Childrens Area was visited by many parents and children. The need
to have family events is greatly appreciated. The model trains were
from the Saginaw Model RR Club, NW Modelers Stinky Creek, LanTrak,
Hobo Crew, and Chuck White's Locomotive Facer layout and of course
Dick Painter & Don Goris's home-made train engines and cars. JR
Express was outside for the train rides. What a great show of the
rail hobby modelers !!! Thank you !!!
Some of you knew Jim Roberts, Tiffin who passed
away September 13, 2019. Jim was a past FRPS President and came to
Fostoria for years. We met him sitting by the tracks, watching the
trains. This was his stop after he left work and before he went
home, his time to unwind. Jim had never missed helping at all of
our Rail Festivals in his Conductor uniform. He also came dressed
as a Conductor for our Santa at the Depot. We will miss him !!!
Mark the date for next year, Saturday, September
26, 2020. There will be changes made to the building and will
definitely have a new entrance area. We will be in the present day
gym and hallway and probably the commons area and a new gym and
cafeteria in the new building to the north. More room for the show.
More shows are coming up and we will be at Berea
this coming weekend.
Last thing on the list---We received some LOST &
FOUND items that were at the Rail Park. We have a ring and an Apple
i-pod. These were left at the Rail Park weeks ago. If you can
describe them --you can have your item returned. Also have a mens
watch found months ago.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED MAKE THE FOSTORIA
RAIL FESTIVAL A SUCCESSFUL EVENT--Vendors, Customers,
Volunteers--all needed and appreciated !!!
UPDATE Oct 24 2018
to all this October evening. Reminder we will have our
monthly meeting this Thursday, October 25, 6:00 p.m. at the LE&W
Depot, 128 W. North Street, Fostoria. All are invited to
next event for Fostoria is the 5th anniversary rededication of the
Fostoria Iron Triangle Rail Park. Ceremony at the rail park will
begin at 11:00 a.m on Saturday, November 17. The reception will be
held at the History Corner, which is at the corner of N. Main and North
Streets. The depot will be unavailable due to decorating for
Santa at the Depot. All are welcome to attend this event.
you want to mark your calendar for the 2019 Fostoria Rail Festival, the
date is Saturday, September 28, 2019. Same location, FHS Jr/Sr.
High School. The additions to the school will not be completed
until Dec. 2019 so we will have the same setup as previous years.
The addition of the womens/childrens area in the gym hallway was
considered a success by the vendors. We will continue to expand
this area for vendors. 2020 will bring us the availability of more
square footage for our event.
is on a campaign to receive funding for the B&O caboose
project. We must have an ADA approved ramp and platform, which we
will have built with composite materials where possible. Estimated
cost is $35,000. with some funding already received. If you wish
to donate to this project, please forward your donation to FRPS, P.O,
Box 421, Fostoria, OH 44830
FOSTORIA RAILPARK UPDATE
UPDATE April 18 2018
Hello and my apologies for not sending many emails !!!
Want to give you some information on upcoming events we are having here in Fostoria.
Bob Lorenz and his wife Bea, Fremont Ohio residents, will be at
the LE&W Depot, 128 W. North Street on Saturday, May 19 from
10-3. Bob will have artwork, photos and some original paintings on
display. There will be some items for viewing only but plenty of
his wonderful railroad-themed artwork for sale. Please feel free
to drop in and have a visit with our well-loved friends. Bob still
picks up the paint brushes and is using his God-given talent.
sponsoring our 9th annual Railroad Dinner, Thursday, May 24. The
location is the lower level of the Good Shepherd Home, 725 Columbus
Avenue. Doors open at 5:00, dinner at 5:30, with the program at
6:30 p.m. We are pleased to announce that our Guest Speaker will
be from the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC). Matt
Dietrich, Executive Director or Julianne Finnegan, Executive Assistant
to the Director will be our speaker. What better time to
listen to and be able to talk directly to ORDC. Cost is
$15.00 per person and includes Roast Beef, Baked Chicken, Mashed
Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Betty Salad, Rolls, Pie and
tea/lemonade/coffee/water. There is an elevator to the
lower level if needed. Columbus Avenue is SR 18 and is on
the south/east side of Fostoria, in fact it is very close to the Rail
Park.. Please join us for an informative evening.
FRPS has not begun mowing at the Rail Park--seems Spring has not
arrived yet!!! We want to help the city of Fostoria anyway
we can at the facility to help offset maintenance costs.
The B&O Caboose is ready and waiting for people to be able to
come inside and view the very-well restored 1965 unit. We will be
building a 10x42 composite deck and will have a 60' ADA ramp
also. Cost estimates for this project are $35,000. We will
be applying for grants to help offset the project and will accept any
donations earmarked for the Caboose Ramp and Platform Project.
When the project is completed, you will be able to sit on the deck and
view the B&O tracks. The caboose will be open when someone
from the FRPS organization is at the rail park.
The 17th Fostoria Rail Festival is Saturday, September 22, 10-4 at the Fostoria Jr/Sr. High School, 1001 Park Avenue.
12th Santa at the Depot is Nov. 27-Dec. 22. Tuesday and
Thursday 5-7, Saturday noon-2. Special hours Dec, 1, 11-3.
Our LE&W Depot is beautifully decorated for the Christmas
season. We have 30 trees 6-10' in height and 45 trees less than 6'
in height inside the depot. Train are running and children are
playing on the childrens train set too. You will be able to see
the depot as you drive down the street as there will be reindeer on the
east side of the depot. We always have extreme Christmas
Our 4th Santa's Wine & Cheese tasting is Nov. 30 and Dec.
1. You have a choice of either night to attend. Come and sit
among the decorated depot, sip wine and dine on wonderful treats.
If you would like more information, please advise.
Thank you !!!
NEWS UPDATES MARCH 1st 2017
Hello to Fostoria Railfans
Update on what has, is and will be happening in Fostoria and our Iron Triangle.
What has been happening is the trains are still traveling in and
around always covering at least one of the three Iron Triangles.
As rail traffic is down in numbers, we can still assume there is
approximately 95-100 train movements a day in and around the Fostoria
Tuesday, February 28, N/S moved a rail section to a location east
of Fostoria. Wish I had my camera with me, it was in my truck, and
did not have time to run and retrieve it.
Months ago the Ringling Brothers circus train traveled by the rail
park on S/B CSX (C&O. Don't remember if it was the blue one
or the red one. Had talked to Bob Lorenz, Fremont about the train
and he said his grandson had photographed the same train running
through Fremont on the N/S (NKP) line. Just read Trains Magazine
article online regarding the circus train and their scheduled route for
the last time. Sad, another part of railroading will be history,
As expected, there have been railfans at the Fostoria Rail Park
every day. Some days have far more tourists than others but with
the rather warmer February temperatures, railfanning was a bit easier to
handle. One thing we seem to always have is a breeze, sometimes
more breezy than necessary. We have no control over the trains or
the weather. Just come and sit in a railfans paradise and view the
scenery, trains, trains and more trains.
FRPS is always trying to update the railpark to improve the railfans stay. More trash cans and recycling
containers have been placed on the platform. The new sidewalks
and concrete pads for the two new picnic tables that were installed over
the summer have been used. Railfans used the picnic tables even
Many of you will notice some beautiful flowering trees were
replaced at the rail park. Dr. Gregory & Jody Hensley
purchased the dogwood and crabapple trees. Hopefully,
you will appreciate the beauty of the trees when visiting the rail
park. Trees are necessary for shade and helping to keep the air
Have you noticed the track panel at the rail
park? It is the first step towards moving the B&O caboose FRPS
purchased to have a final resting place at the park. It seems we
have snags on this project. The moving company hired to move the
caboose would like to have frozen ground or dry ground for the
moving. The present location of the caboose cannot be ruined with a
30 ton caboose digging trenches into the soil. Mother Nature has
not helped this winter. Who knew we would not have frozen, really
frozen ground. When will we move the caboose, when the moving can
be done without ruining either the present location or the rail park
grounds. One way you can help our Caboose fund is to donate via
cash, check or money order.
moving, building a deck and ramp to enter the caboose will require more
money than we have. We are estimating $20,000. at least.
ANY donations will be appreciated. A fund has already been
We are still working on WiFi and webcams. Until the internet
provider installs lines up to the park, we at their mercy. No
cable lines, no WiFi and webcams. Sorry, we have no control over
this. You can be assured we will advise everyone as soon as the
setup is completed! We might have a party at the railpark, who
Foundation work on the LE&W Depot was completed in the fall,
2016. The west end foundation was in dire need of being
rebuilt. You would need repaired too if you were built in 1878.
Our 10th Santa at the Depot was held at the LE&W Depot from
Thanksgiving to Christmas. We had 275+ volunteer hours spent
on decorating the depot and the 70+ trees inside and outside the
depot. Twenty-nine trees were six-feet and taller in the
building. We utilized LED lights as much as possible and cut our
electrical bill extensively. LED lights are also more brilliant
than regular lighting.
are already planning for 2017 Santa at the Depot. New decorations
are always on our minds but do keep many of the favorites for visitors
to see. Toledo TV station, Channel 11, CBS, came and visited our
depot. They had our Christmas trees and decorated depot on their
news programs three times. Exciting for us and proud they enjoyed
our Christmas spirit. All our work is completed with volunteers.
FRPS had our 2nd Santa's Wine & Cheese
event in early December. We had two events, Friday and Saturday
nights. Sitting among the Christmas decorations and enjoying wine
and good food, perfect evenings.
Coming to the present, FRPS is involved in the 10th Toledo
National Train Day, May 6 at the Toledo Amtrak Station. The event
is free and the parking is free. For more information, please
visit the National Train Day Toledo Facebook page. As a member of the NTD committee, we are also proud to be involved in this event.
On February 10, Sidney Ohio Mayor Mike Barhorst and six other city
representatives toured the Fostoria rail locations. We met
the group at the LE&W Depot and discussed how, why and what Fostoria
has accomplished to help benefit railfans.
Having the City of Fostoria recognize how important rail tourism
is to the city is the most important fact!! We are also proud of
what the city accomplished. A million dollar park for
railfans! Not a small project to say the least. Sidney Ohio
is hoping to restore a depot.
Please mark Thursday, May 25 on your calendar. This is the
date for our 8th Railroad Employees Reunion. We should change the
title a bit as actually we would love to have railroad employees
(retired also) and ANYONE interested in Fostoria history to
attend. Our speaker this year is Nick Munoz, N/S Fostoria Train
Master. The location is the Good Shepherd Nursing Home lower
level, 725 Columbus Avenue. Doors open at 5:00, dinner at 5:30 and
program at 6:30. The event is open to the public. Dinner
reservations are preferred with a cost person of $15.00. For more
information, please contact via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419-435-1781.
Our biggest day of the year is Saturday, September 23, our 16th
Fostoria Rail Festival. Fostoria Jr./Sr. High School, 1001 Park
Avenue. If you are interested in being a vendor, download
the form HERE or from our Facebook page.
Last year we were thrilled to "toot" we had attendees from 18 states
and Canada. 180+ different hometowns. Mark your
calendar. More info to follow later.
One thing we can say is the Fostoria Rail Preservation Society AND
all the railfans who visit Fostoria day in and day out are the main
source of Fostoria tourism. We can again proudly state railfans
place $$$ in the hotel, restaurant and businesses of
Fostoria. Railfans come for days at a time, return often and
spread the word about Fostoria and our trains. WE love railfans
UPDATES AT RAIL PARK Two four-sided metal picnic
tables on concrete pads will be installed at the rail park when the
weather permits. One table will be adjacent to the platform and the
other table will be located near the driveway entrance. Donations have
been received from Key Bank and the Fostoria Altrusa Club with those
donations being used for these projects. FRPS had designated Fostoria
Rail Festival 2015 profits to be used for updates at the rail park.
Five-foot wide concrete sidewalks will be installed from the parking lot
to the platform. This project will begin in the Spring, 2016. There
will still be some stone walkways as we do not have all the funding
needed for all of the sidewalks. Pete DiCesare has installed a
railroad yield sign on the platform building. The sign was donated by
Morgan Advanced Materials, Fostoria.
LE&W DEPOT The Lake Erie & Western Depot, 128 W.
North Street, Fostoria is in need of structural repairs. The 1878 built
depot needs to have the west-end foundation rebuilt. The FRPS exec.
board will be working on this project and receive structural costs for
the project. This depot was purchased by FRPS in March, 2007 through a
grant from the Henry Geary Jr. Memorial Foundation. A 50-year roof was
installed by volunteers and the interior and exterior have been
painted. A LE&W whistle post was donated by the Charles Glover,
Fostoria family and is installed at the depot.
YMCA SUMMER PROGRAM
FRPS will be presenting railroad-related programs for the June and July Y
Summer Program. Operation Lifesaver and Fostoria railroad
history information will be included for the school-age participants.
July 30th MICHIGAN RIDE THE RAILS BUS TRIP FRPS is
announcing the 2nd bus trip. This years trip is to Michigan and will
include visiting the Huckleberry Train and Crossroads Village, Durand
Museum and Steam Railroading Institute (SRI), Owosso, MI on Saturday,
July 30. Cost per person is $124. with reservations on a first come
Sept 24th FOSTORIA RAIL FESTIVAL Plans are underway for the
15th Fostoria Rail Festival. The train show will be held at the Fostoria Jr/Sr.
High School, 1001 Park Avenue, Fostoria. Hours are 10-4. See the
poster below. Click poster to download Vendor Form
FOSTORIA'S RAILWAY HISTORY
Debbie Castret has graciously shared a number of family photos of Nickel Plate employees
from 1947. Most were taken in or around Blair Yard. Her Dad Carl E Castret
worked there from 1941 to 1974
A unique look into some of Fostoria's past and
railroading history. Click
HERE to see them all.
1954 Safety Award Winners
l to r: Jim Macker, Charles Marshall, Herb Foster, Calvin Marshall, Jim
Bennett, Barney Hutchins, Clarence Slick and Tony Blosser. Back row l to
r: Carl Castret, Dwight Young, Ernest Hines, Foy Gobel, Charles Bixler,
Robert Goodyear, Richard Miller, Herb Hostittler, Hank Brooks, Lloyd
McKee, Don Boomer and Max Cooper.
NKP Whistle Post Installed at RailPark
Installation of the NKP whistle post
at the RailPark donated by the Paulette & Tom Miller family. Tom is in the
photo, he is the person on the right. The others are the people who moved
the post from Tiffin, where Tom’s family had the post in their front yard
and they moved it to the park. Thank You
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
Fostoria Rail Preservation Society
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
September 15th 2014
all this fall weather weekend.
Fostoria Rail Festival is just around the corner and we hope you are
attending, either as a vendor or coming to see what you can find. We
have 125+ tables sold at this time and will do our best to have a great
rail festival !!! IF you are able bodied and can help us, we need you
on Friday, Sept. 26. Will have more info later.
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.
NKP 765 will be traveling westbound through Fostoria on MONDAY,
SEPTEMBER 15 at a not known time, assume after noon. BUT do not know
for sure either.
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.
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.
Lost & found --- An SD car was lost at the rail park weeks ago. IF
found, please advise. Someone left a sketch book at the rail park. We
have it if you would like it returned to you. From the bus tour, a bag
of Walnut Creek Cheese mdse. is missing. If you have it, please advise.
Have a great weekend. Before you know it, summer will be over.
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
Looking out my window, there is a misting of rain and welcome to our
community. Fostoria had about an inch of much needed rain.
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.
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
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.
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 !!!!
We had a visitor from South Africa at the rail park on Saturday. Missed
talking to him but many railfans told me about him. He was attending a
wedding in Findlay and some other wedding attendees came to the park
later and we did talk to them. They were from California. The park is
amazing and it's wonderful to see the various license plates.
This weekend is the NKP 765 open house. Friday thru Sunday. Please
look on the Ft. Wayne RR HS web page for more info.
The NKP 765 will be traveling though Fostoria eastbound on Thursday,
Sept. 4. No exact time, be patient. Probably late late morning or
early afternoon when the 765 reaches Fostoria.
The Whistle Stop Deli, corner of S. Poplar & Lytle will be opening on
Aug. 18. This is the corner south of the railpark where the Dollar
General & Family Dollar are. Good Amish meats and cheeses, etc. close
to the park.
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.
Just talked to the Fostoria CSX trainmaster
about railfans in the Amtrak parking lot. He does not like the tripods
SO close to the tracks. Come on guys !!!!!!!! Listen and remember you
are SO lucky to be on CSX property and you are certainly causing
distress being SOOOOO close to the tracks. Use common sense, do you
want ALL railfans to be banned forever????? You just might be the
person who is the wrong person and gets everyone banned.
the LE&W depot, 128 W. North Street, is open on Saturdays, 1-4 from May
Hello to all
Sending out an email on a cool July evening. Who knew this would be
such a comfortable summer weather-wise. Just wonder what August and
September will be like?
We've been busy this past month. The Fostoria Area Visitors Bureau was
host to two tour buses from Allen Park Michigan on July 15. They toured
the BANKquet Hall, where Dillinger's gang robbed the First National
Bank; Fostoria Heritage Glass Museum, Foster Museum on Main, the
Presbyterian Church and of course the LE&W depot. Old dead Charles
Foster appeared and spoke to the visitors as well as Jim Roberts as a
train conductor. A progressive luncheon was served at local restaurants
and the Fostoria Community Band performed. What a great day, thanks
Pamela and all involved.
FRPS and the Rail Park are featured in the August issue of Railpace
Magazine. We have purchased extra copies and can sell one to you at the
$5.95 price. Thanks to Mike and Ron for such a nice 4 page article.
The platform sure looks great lit up in the evening hours. If you
haven't come to our new rail park, plan a trip. You will not be
Let's Talk Trains, an online Blog Talk Radio, featured the Fostoria Rail
Park on their Saturday,. July 26 program. Let's Talk Trains is funded
by the Amer. Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation. Our program is 2 hours
and features Allyson Murray, Fostoria Safety Service Director; Pamela
Smith, Chamber & Visitors Bureau Director; Jim Roberts, FRPS exec. board
member; Walter Pfefferle, FRPS webmaster and myself. The link to this
blog is on our Facebook and website pages.
By the way, we have the Fostoria Rail Park Facebook page, FRPS Facebook
page and FRPS website. Walter is fabulous and needs to live forever.
What a great job Walter!!!!!!!! Could not do this without you
Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 27. The 13th annual Fostoria
Rail Festival. More info is our website.
Attention--a weekend railfan lost a SD card at the railpark. The
initials RB is on the tiny thing and it would be great if the SD card
could be found. If so, please advise and we will forward the item to
the rightful owner. How sad to lose Fostoria train photos !!!
Memberships this year are up and we are ever grateful for ALL the new
members and ALL the renewing members. Thank you all !!!!
June 9, 2014
It's been a while and we need to give you information on what is
happening in Fostoria. As always, IF you do not wish to receive these
emails, please advise, we can take you off the list.
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.
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.
The Fostoria rail park is a busy place. Many more new railfans are
coming to the fabulous park. Those that have frequented Fostoria for
years are also loving the park too. Congratulate the city of Fostoria,
they listened to what railfans want and have provided it for you for NO
COST. The park is open 24/7, 365. The drinking fountain and
restrooms are fully functional. The contract between the city of
Fostoria and the federal funding grant has not been fully completed.
The lawn area was reseeded recently. Until the city has all the work
completed and all bills for this contract/grant paid, nothing can be
added to the property. Therefore, no WiFi or scanner can be added as
they are not part of the contract/grant. Regarding the WiFi, we would
love to have this added to the park, but with anything, there is a cost
involved and FRPS needs help in funding. You can grill at the park.
RV's are allowed at the park overnight too.
We have a limited supply of Bob Lorenz t-shirts and are selling them at
a reduced price. Childrens and adults to XL are $9.00 with 2x-3x & 4x
are $13.00. Interested, please contact us, we'll can mail the shirts
too. Will advise shipping costs. We do take the shirts to the rail
park and you can purchase them there.
Robert Bunker, a Minnesota resident and FRPS member has donated a DVD on
Fostoria. We have this DVD on sale at train shows too. Thank you
Robert for your generous donation to our non-profit !!!
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 !!!
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.
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
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.
Michael Gossman, Railpace Magazine writer and photographer visited
Fostoria and will have a Fostoria article in the August issue. Thanks
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
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
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.
Questions have been asked about moving the scanner. Not yet. If you
know much about working with federal/state grants, the city is not
responsible for the park yet as the paperwork and some work at the park
are not complete. Therefore, no additional items can be added to the
park until all the paperwork is completed and the city has signed off
with the state. Yes, it sounds complicated but that is how it works.
Sorry. Please enjoy visiting the park and realize what a treat it is
to have a city spend this type of funding for visitors !!!!!
FRPS is making plans to be at Owosso Michigan in mid June for the big
steam event. We hope to see lots of you there too.
Plans are being made to have the LE&W depot painted this June. This
historic depot was built in 1878 at a cost of $825.00. My how times
have changed, how far would $825.00 go to build a structure now? How
much is a shed for a lawn mower, more than that !!!!!
Have a great day and see you soon.
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
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.