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The operations, programs, and impact of Headwaters Junction can be hard to condense as the development is equal parts tourist attraction, urban space, city park, light rail service, for-profit railroad, cultural and historic institution providing services that range from train rides, event venues, convention space, speciality industrial, machining and preservation work, freight transportation, dining, education, and recreational use.

Though the offerings are numerous, banner events such as Thomas the Tank Engine and the Santa Trains will increase the Junction’s profitability in addition to daily and monthly railroad operations, freight revenue, and facility use.

Due to the nature of railroad operations, historic rehabilitation projects, asset acquisition, the experience will vary from season to season and year to year, offering visitors unique experiences with each stay. Displays, events, offerings and operations will be ever changing. Additionally, the connectivity and experience of Headwaters Junction will encourage and enable travel between neighborhoods and places of interest.

Areas Served Directly
-Downtown Fort Wayne
-Headwaters Park
-Old Fort
-Wells Corridor
-Saint Francis University
-Bloomingdale, Spy Run, Brookview, Nebraska Neighborhoods
-Pufferbelly Trail and Rivergreenway,
-Science Central
-Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
-Imagine MASTer Academy

Freight Customers (based on 2010 information)
-Cargill Salt
-Dura Systems Concrete

In the implementation of a development like Headwaters Junction, it is worth noting existing draws for the community and tourists:

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
610,949 visitors (2009)

Science Central
140,000 (2010)

Fort Wayne TinCaps
400,000 (2010)

Also worth noting are ticket sale numbers growth over the last several years at two existing railroad operations within the state:

Indiana Transportation Museum
Noblesville, Indiana
$148,440 in 2005
$252,908 in 2007
$426,147 in 2008

Whitewater Valley Railroad
Connersville, Indiana
$591, 257 in 2005
$549, 257 in 2007
$592,734 in 2008

Whereas Headwaters Junction can exist as an anchor to 4th street, it can also provide the colorful backdrop and vibrancy necessary to create a new urban hub of commercial, retail, and residential entities along Wells, Harrison and Calhoun Streets.

Beyond the number of immediate visitors to the Junction, traffic to new and existing businesses and places of interest in these areas will further enrich the area.