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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“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…

After the big reveal of the results of the city's riverfront development study, civic leaders are buzzing about the possibilities.

There are two groups who stand to gain everything from the plan.

A centerpiece of the consultant's plan for phase one of riverfront development -- Headwaters Junction, featuring the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society's collection and its showpiece -- the historic 765 locomotive.

“Two Winners In Riverfront Development Plan”

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21Alive Reports: After the big reveal of the results of the city’s riverfront development study, civic leaders are buzzing about the possibilities. There are two groups who stand to gain…

An artist's rendering of Headwaters Junction.

Headwaters Junction Included in Riverfront Masterplan

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On February 4th, the City of Fort Wayne and its consultant SWA Group revealed the master plan for the 700 acres of downtown riverfront. As part of the first phase…

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"Riverfront like no other"

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Last night, SWA Group unveiled the evolving plan for the city’s river district. During their presentation, they again claimed that Headwaters Junction will be an important attraction that activates the…

"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.