Headwaters Junction Proposal Hopes To Redevelop Riverfront (photos & video)

By Eric Dutkiewicz

January 10, 2013 Updated Oct 24, 2013 at 5:37 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - A new proposal from a citizens task force could soon redevelop an area near downtown.

Headwaters Junction could soon find a home on land along Clinton Street across from Science Central.

Headwaters Junction would feature a working 1944 steam locomotive 765. The locomotive is now hosed in New Haven by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society.

The train would follow a seven-mile stretch of of what was originally rails from Coliseum Boulevard east to Runnion Avenue, over Wells and Harrison Streets, north across Fourth Street, to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo and finally stop at Fernhill Avenue.

"This is an international attraction that could call downtown Fort Wayne home," Kelly Lynch with Headwaters Junction says. "The North River site that would be combined with mixed use activities, and shops, restaurants and riverfront development as a whole."

Last year, the 765 locomotive attracted 50,000 visitors in two weeks time, earning more than $1 million in about four months.

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