Fostoria: The New Railpark Queen of Ohio

By Giles Kennedy

Founder/Chief Editor The Ohio Railroader Website

Chief Administrator Ohio Valley Rails Facebook Page


The Iron Triangle of Fostoria and its Fostoria Rail Park will play host to the annual Railfan and Grill gathering on Sept 24th, 2017.

The Railpark has been open to the public since the fall of 2013.

The railpark property is bordered by the former Nickel Plate Road mainline between Chicago and Cleveland (NS), the former B&O mainline running between Chicago, Deshler, Tiffin and Willard, and the C&O/C&HV mainline running from Columbus to Toledo. (Both B&O/C&O lines now CSX/B&O Willard Sub, CSX/C&O Columbus Subdivision lines)

Fostoria Scanner Frequencies

CSX F Tower AAR 08 160.230
CSX Willard Sub AAR 94 161.520
CSX Columbus Sub AAR 12 160.320
CSX Yard AAR 70 161.160
CSX Pemberville Sub AAR 35 160.635
NS Mixing Center AAR 92 161.490
NS Yard AAR 56 160.950
NS Fostoria District AAR 76 161.250
NS Detector Ilers Milepost 275.4
NS Detector Arcadia Milepost 285.5
CSX Bascom Detector Milepost 31.1

Source: Fostoria Iron Triangle Website

This railpark is open year round, so no matter the crazy Ohio weather…visitors are welcome to railfan, picnic and/or even camp out on the property. Please contact FRPS ahead of staying on the property for further rules and guidelines.

Fostoria Rail Preservation Society
128 W North Street
Box 421
Fostoria Ohio

Fostoria Police, Fostoria Rail Preservation Society and regular visitors take stock in keeping the property safe and clean.

The railfan shelter platform offers a small vending area, area visitors guide, map of the railpark and nearby areas, permanent tables and benches and a few electric outlets towards the center pillars and each end of the platform.

You are indeed welcome to bring your own chairs, grills, etc. Again, please keep things neat and tidy. They have climate controlled restrooms, recycle bins, and trash cans for use.

If you do not wish to grill; there are great options in town and nearby.

Flippin Jimmy’s is an old school family ran burger and chicken joint. It is down the street from the Fostoria Rail Preservation Society’s office and across from the Historical Museum. (118 W. North Street, Between Main and Wood Streets)

The prices are moderate and the portions are plenty. The folks are really friendly and to-go orders are just as welcome as dine in.

Kemosabe’s is a great option, too. It is on the northeast of town on State Route 12 (Sandusky Street). It is well worth the trip and a nice break from diesel fumes and train rumble.

Again, the menu is moderately priced and men should have no problem liking the fare. Main staples are steak and garlic cooked dishes. A roadhouse style steakhouse, it is a welcome visit and dining experience.

If not there on Sundays, The Whistle Stop Deli and Cafe is an excellent choice, right around the corner from the railpark. They are open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.- 7:00, right on the corners of Lytle and Poplar Streets.

Serving freshly made sandwiches, small pasta dishes and locally processed meats and cheeses, it is worth the stop before or after your visit.

Please visit FRPS’ website for directions from your hometown.

Also, a link from Google Maps as well

Please consider visiting Fostoria and surrounding areas such as Deshler, Bellevue and other Northern Ohio sites when up in the region.,-83.4076754,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x9bf31af629cfd92c!8m2!3d41.1536603!4d-83.4076754

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