The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society has received a $15,000 donation from Fort Wayne's Steel Dynamics to put toward a new marketing and feasibility study of its proposed Headwaters Junction riverfront attraction.
The donation represents the project's first major seed money, said Kelly Lynch, society communications director. The study is expected to cost $70,000, he said.
Headwaters Junction would become the home base of the society's signature restored locomotive, the No. 765 built for the Nickel Plate Road in 1944. Headwaters Junction also could host events, serve as a destination and departure point for excursion trains and provide a railroad-themed interpretive center for visitors.
Estimates are the attraction could attract between 100,000 and 200,000 additional visitors to downtown Fort Wayne, Lynch said.
Headwaters Junction in April got a boost when it was specifically included in the riverfront development study commissioned by the city from SWA Group.