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 Fostoria Iron Triangle (Railfan Park)

America's newest Railfan / Train-Watching Park, Fostoria calls itself the "Iron Triangle" due to the three mainlines that pass through town creating the shape of a triangle.  In the center of the triangle, the town purchased the land, removed the excising building and built one of the best train-watching park in the nation!  A good 100+ trains pass through Fostoria on a daily bases.  The railfinning hobby has become one of Fostoria’s top tourist attractions.  People from all over the world makes this pretty much isolated town their destination, or at least an important part of their trip.  The railroads include Norfolk Southern (former Nickel Plate main), CSX (former Baltimore & Ohio mainline), and CSX (former Chesapeake & Ohio, Toledo Line). 

 

The Iron Triangle is controled by CSX's F-Tower.  A scanner tuned to F tower will help you figure out what will happen next (railroad wise).

 

Location info:

Town / City:   Fostoria, OH

 

Location Name:  Iron Triangle

 

Railroad(s):  CSX Transportation (2 lines, B&O main, and C&O Toledo Line).  Norfolk Southern Railway.

 

Rail Traffic:  Heavy, expect 100+ trains through town every 24-hours.  Due to the "triangle", trains usually only move on one line at a time.

 

Site Details:  From the park, you are able to watch trains from all three lines from the park.  More details from the park will come after our first visit since the grand opening on Nov 15th, 2013.

 

Restrooms on site:  YES, heated.

 

Food:  None on site.  A 5-minute drive can land you on North Countyline Street (US-23) where several sit-down restaurants, fast food places and mini-marts are located.

 

Picnic Area:   YES.

 

Parking:  A gravel pull-off at the fence of the future railfan park, or a free parking lot at the train station.  Please do not park on the station building side of the tracks, that is CSX property, used by CSX MofW crews.  The lot between the B&O and the NS is the town lot that was used for Amtrak customers, and allows railfans.

 

Lighted for evening railfanning:  Some lights by the train station will keep things bright enough to see after dark.  Other than a dim street lamp, there is no lights in the area of the future railfan park, but you'll find railfans out there anyway!

 

Scanner Frequencies:  / CSX Willard Sub: 161.520 / CSX Columbus Sub: 160.320 / CSX Pemberville Sub: 160.635 / CSX Yard 161.160 / NS Fostoria District: 160.250 / NS Yard: 160.950 / NS Mixing Center: 161.490.

 

Motel's / Hotel's:  There is a Days Inn that is close to the CSX B&O line, but no railroad view.  The Best Western motel about 10-minutes up US-23 is the best kept motel in town, and its run by a ......you guessed it, a railfan!  You can buy railroad related Iron Triangle souvenirs there, plus there is a photo album in the lobby of the trains of Fostoria!  They also have a Railfan Sign-In log book!

 

Useful Web Sites: Fostoria Iron Triangle  and the Fostoria Iron Triangle FACEBOOK page

 

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