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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Headwaters Junction project reality as steam locomotive idea grows

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The News Sentinel reports on the first tourist excursions out of Fort Wayne this year: Standing next to a steam locomotive overwhelms the senses. The ground rumbles. The train whistle…

Huge Crowd at Steamtown

Railroad tourist attraction returns $6 million to local economy

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What could Headwaters Junction do for the local economy in Northeast Indiana? Though a marketing and feasibility study for Headwaters Junction is planned for later in 2015, studies of a…

The riverfront promenade south bank looking northwest.

Riverfront progress includes Headwaters Junction

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From the City of Fort Wayne: Mayor Tom Henry today announced positive progress is being made in the City of Fort Wayne’s riverfront development efforts, including the first grant from…

Keep vintage rail plan on track - Journal Gazette, riverfront Fort Wayne, Headwaters Junction

“Keep vintage rail plan on track”

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The Journal Gazette’s reports… This month, hundreds of city residents showed up for the unveiling of a plan to redesign the city’s tired riverfront. City officials and residents alike hailed…

"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.