Headwaters Junction is conceived to integrate the design and purpose of a mixed-use public space with that of a working railroad terminal. It combines cultural and railroad tourism development practices with aspects of placemaking and public spaces. The site’s authentic nature embraces the sensory and theatrical attributes possible within active railroad facilities and along a reactivated right of way.
The Roundhouse is divided into two sections – the Interpretive Venue and the Restoration Shop – two areas where visitors can get hands-on with railroad history but use the flexible space for special events and private occasions.
A walk into the Restoration Shop is a step back in time, where volunteers, visitors and students learn important skills like machining, welding, painting and more as the Junction’s vintage trains are brought back to life, maintained and operated in a historic setting.
The Railyard Park is a colorful outdoor experience, illuminated at night with interactive displays, special effects, and walking trails. Nearby, visitors can board trains at a restored railroad station for a journey off-site and trail users can use the trailhead amenities.