Q. WHAT ARE SOME FUNDING OPTIONS FOR THIS PROJECT?
A broad range of funding options are available for projects of this type
– federal and state grants for railroad short line and revitalization projects
– transportation enhancement act (TEA)
– Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recover (TIGER)
– highway safety improvements
– economic development funds
– Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives
– corporate sponsorship
As a comparison, the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society’s restoration of steam locomotive no. 765 was underwritten by donations and an 80% match in historic transportation enhancement funds between 2001 and 2005.
Q. HOW ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY AROUND RAILROADS?
The design of Headwaters Junction will encourage pedestrian exploration of the unique settings provided in the railroad yard and buildings. Decorative fencing and bollards will guide walkable areas. Train movements will be conducted at reduced speed (known as yard limits or restricted speed) within Headwaters Junction and volunteers and employees will protect movements on the ground while trains are in motion and the public is present. Signage and signaling will also inform visitors of train movements.
Importantly, the public’s knowledge and appreciation of railroad operations will improve public safety around trains in general.
Q. DO TRAINS MAKE NOISE OR SMOKE?
Locomotive horns and whistles are part of the atmosphere and experience of Headwaters Junction, but are also sounded infrequently. Methods such as flagging crossings enable train movements around the yard to be conducted without the need for whistle or horn signaling. Train movements and related sounds will mostly be relegated to regular business hours and during peak seasons and operation of streetcars
will lessen audible train movements. As part of their operation, steam locomotives smoke intermittently.
Q. ARE THERE OTHER LOCATIONS WHERE THIS IS POSSIBLE?
Many of the critical components to Headwaters Junction are location based as it relates to being in downtown Fort Wayne. Essential to being able to establish an operation of this type is a railroad line to operate on and high visibility.
The current facilities at New Haven would be preserved as the “back stage,” where rolling stock not yet suitable for display or operation would be rehabilitated or stored.
Improvements and redeveloping the present facility will undoubtedly occur as the FWRHS acquires more rolling stock and continues its mission.
Q. IS THIS PLAN FINAL?
This plan is meant to illustrate the possibilities within the Headwaters Junction concept. Input from the community has been and will continue to be an important part of the project. Ideally, as the plan is refined and published, input from the community will help broaden its scope and offerings.