All tracks lead to downtown.

We're bringing the hustle and bustle back to downtown. Ready to climb aboard?


Vibrant and Vital Attraction

Fort Wayne's riverfront comes alive throughout the year.


Bells and whistles? She's got those.

Discover the 400-ton time machine that will call downtown home.


Excitement, entertainment, and education have a home on our rivers, rails, and trails. Welcome to Headwaters Junction.

Steam, Meet Swagger

Meet Fort Wayne at its finest: fast, productive, connected; a place of swagger and industry, character and experience, all incarnate in a famous train. Discover the rocket-ship-on-wheels that reshaped Fort Wayne.

Riverfront Catalyst

Endorsed by Legacy Fort Wayne as “big, bold, and transformational” and a “catalyst for the riverfront” by SWA Group, Headwaters Junction has been supported citywide and covered in the press as a plan that “represents the potential of downtown.”

365 Days of Authenticity

A year-round destination for recreation, entertainment, and education, Headwaters Junction is an attraction inspired by the city’s identity and authentic to the core. With annual programming and events the riverfront will come alive with the magic of Fort Wayne’s famous trains.

Not Just Blowing Smoke

Preliminary studies estimate that Headwaters Junction would draw an additional 100,000 visitors or more downtown each year. According to numbers from Visit Fort Wayne, that means an additional $9 million dollars added to the local economy.

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Old train still retain charms

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Headwaters Junction and the popularity of railroad tourism could be a “pied piper” for downtown: The Journal Gazette reports… One thing that can’t be denied is that trains draw crowds….

Steam locomotive generates millions in economic impact

Steam locomotive generates millions in economic impact

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Following in the footsteps of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, the Virginia Museum of Transportation restored and operated their own historic steam locomotive for the first time in many…

All tracks lead to downtown.

SDI, Community Foundation grant money toward Headwaters Junction study

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The effort to create a combined railroad and riverfront attraction gained traction this summer with the donation of $15,000 from Steel Dynamics and $26,000 from the Fort Wayne Community Foundation….

The riverfront promenade south bank looking northwest.

Rare steam engine may soon make its way downtown

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Fort Wayne Business People covers the I-think-I-can momentum behind Fort Wayne riverfront development and its Phase 1 attraction: Headwaters Junction. Based on suggestions by the SWA Group, the City of…

Big, bold, and transformational. Headwaters Junction should not be overlooked when developing a vision for our riverfront.

Legacy Fort Wayne

It would make an incredible venue.

Wells Corridor Business Association

An elegant and obvious addition to Headwaters Park.

Eric Kuhne

Headwaters Junction speaks to the potential of downtown.

Downtown Improvement District

The potential it has for the City of Fort Wayne is enormous.

TRAINS Magazine

This is the world-famous attraction will call downtown Fort Wayne home. Experience it below.