Diverse programs lead visitors and tourists on rail and trail to downtown.
Daily Trains – operating several days a week, daily trains give visitors an opportunity to experience recreation and transportation on a streetcar or vintage passenger train, as well as connect the zoo to downtown. Scheduled trains can also provide an alternative transportation method to arriving downtown for events like games at Parkview Field with two station stops north of the city at Washington Center and Franke Park.
Night at the Museum – the magic of steam locomotives are augmented at night and nighttime operations coupled with a guided visitor experience will add another layer of excitement to the Headwaters Junction experience.
Open Houses – a yearly celebration geared toward locals and their families with special emphasis on inviting the neighbors of the railroad behind the scenes to see how the Junction works, enjoying food, entertainment, and recreation outdoors.
Troop Trains – Headwaters Junction is transformed into a 1940s USO Canteen, which were known as special station stop points for servicemen and women during World War II and the Korean War. Vintage automobiles, re-enactors, living exhibits, and an outdoor ball scored by jazz and swing music will transport every visitor to the dramatic farewells and rousing homecomings of servicemen both then and now.
Education Outreach – catered railroad operations encourage field trips from city and regional schools in a curriculum centered setting and special vocational programs will allow adult students to master new skills for the modern workplace.
Day Out With Thomas – inspired by the popular children’s television show, Thomas the Tank engine’s appearance at Headwaters Junction gives young families the opportunity to visit with and ride behind a life-size Thomas the Tank Engine. These events have historically doubled yearly attendance at railroad attractions.
Santa Trains – once an annual event sponsored by WOWO and Wolf & Dessaur at Baker Street Station, the Santa Trains return to Fort Wayne after a half century absence. No journey to the North Pole is complete without hot chocolate, a coal-fired stove, and a train ride with Santa and his friends.
Photo Charters – aimed at serious railroad aficionados and photographers, patrons from around the world charter historically significant locomotives and rolling stock and re-create period specific scenes, taking advantage of the railroad’s ideal atmosphere, attractive subjects and unique settings.
Charter trips – privately booked trains run for parties and special events, with everything from a caboose, first class passenger car, or an entire train-set available.
Throttle Time – visitors take the controls of a 100-year-old steam or vintage diesel locomotive on the Fort Wayne Railroad and become a student engineer for an hour of operation.
Fireworks Train – passengers enjoy front row seats to downtown fireworks during the Three Rivers Festival from an open-air flat car equipped with seats and a summer meal prepared onboard.
National Train Day – a coast-to-coast celebration spearheaded by Amtrak, National Train Day events take place in cities across the country, with performances, festivals, visiting equipment, and much more offered to the public.
Holiday Trains – from Easter to Halloween, the trains at Headwaters Junction provide tailored family experiences.
Dinner/Brunch Train – passengers enjoy an inspired full course meal in a faithful recreation of the dining car experience on the route of the railroad where recipes are patterned after famous name train menus.
Wine Train – elegant wine tasting aboard first class passenger cars provides a unique social setting for the discerning wine connoisseur.
765 Excursions – departing from 4th street or from points throughout the Midwest, excursions behind the 765 will ferry passengers to destinations on high-speed, mainline excursions.
Added Value – guided tours, miniature railroad, handcar rides, hands-on railroading, bike trail trains, passenger service between Franke Park and downtown.
Partnerships with the River Greenway, Science Central, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and others in addition to on site activities strengthen the city’s offerings to both citizens and visitors alike.