A proposed railroad museum and event space near downtown Fort Wayne, Ind., is looking for a new site after it was not included in a riverfront development plan. Headwaters Junction proposes building a roundhouse to house Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 765 that can also double as an event and public space. For years, the group had hoped to do that along the city’s waterfront and even had an agreement to purchase a stretch of right-of-way from Norfolk Southern. But last week, the city decided the project wasn’t a good fit for that space.
Despite the setback, officials have said that Headwaters Junction and the city are still working together to find a suitable location. “We are excited about what the future holds for Headwaters Junction,” the group’s board of directors said. “While its concept as a recreated rail yard, roundhouse and tourist railroad is rooted in our history, its vision looks confidently to the future. It will bring a mixed-use regional destination offering unique programs, events, connectivity and truly memorable experiences while celebrating our city’s local culture and identity.”
WANE 15 reports that the city does have a site in mind for Headwaters Junction but that it has not been publicly announced. “I want to thank the Headwaters Junction Board of Directors for transferring the purchase agreement to the Redevelopment Commission and I look forward to working with them as they bring their vision of creating a vibrant regional destination to life,” said Redevelopment Director Nancy Townsend.