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Fostoria, Ohio

Interesting places in Fostoria, Ohio:
F Tower, Three-way rail intersection   The Iron Triangle
(future) Fostoria Railfan Park   Former Fostoria, OH, Amtrak Station
Autolite Plant   Seneca Wire & Manufacturing
WFOB-AM Offices   Saint Wendelin Church

Fostoria is a city located in northwest Ohio, in Hancock, Seneca, and Wood counties. It is approximately 40 miles south of Toledo and 90 miles north of Columbus. The population was 13,931 at the 2000 census. The city is named for Charles Foster, the 35th Governor of Ohio and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under Benjamin Harrison. Fostoria is known for its glass heritage and railroading: the CSX and NS main lines intersect in downtown Fostoria.

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The Gerritsens

The Gerritsens
Made by b/train
When I am traveling by train I often wonder when we are making a late night station stop, “Who is at a station this late? And why are they here?” Of course that curiosity wears off as the train gathers speed and I go back to sleep speeding toward my destination. When Amtrak discontinued the Three Rivers, a train that ran New York to Chicago via the old B&O main line in 2005. I was busily photographing its nocturnal trip across Ohio. I had O. Winston Link shot of it by the retired interlocking tower near Nova, and had watched it speed bye with a group of railfans in Sterling. But, the time that really sticks out for documenting the train was when I came to the railroad town of Fostoria, to watch it on its last run. There I met with Bill & Phyllis Gerritsen, the unofficial ambassadors for Fostoria, Ohio. Every night at 3:05 a.m. and 3:35 a.m. (assuming the railroad had the trains running on time) they greeted passengers who came off the Three Rivers, be it college students, Amish, old folks, and other passengers. The Gerritsens would help the passengers with baggage or giving them a ride home if they lived in town. They welcomed me into the station which only one half of it was open to us; the other was for the offices of the maintaince of way for the railroad. The room that we were in was very small about the size a college dorm room, but in it we laughed and joked, and sure did beet sticking it outside waiting for the train on a cold March night. Throughout the night people filed in and out of the little station saying their goodbyes, we watched several episodes of Looney tunes on someone’s DVD player to help pass the time, since the westbound train was a couple of hours late. When its headlight was spotted over the horizon, the railfans came out to photograph it. When the train departed for the last time, we had the Gerritsens stand next to the station in the twilight of morning, to pose for a photo. After that we said our goodbyes, and the Gerritsens locked the station for the last time, and mailed the keys off to the railroad.

Fostoria Turn

Fostoria Turn
Made by Images by A.J.
Every day, local train H795, the Fostoria Turn, departs Toledo's Walbridge Yard with autoracks (bi- and tri-level automobile carriers) from Toledo and Michigan auto plants, bound for Fostoria, an important rail junction about 40 miles south. Upon arriving at Fostoria, H795 will place these cars in a yard called the Mixing Center, where they will be reshuffled and placed on outbound trains to various destinations all over the eastern US. H795 will return to Walbridge Yard with a string of loaded and empty cars bound for Toledo and points north. The 80-mile round trip can easily take the better part of twelve hours to complete. Click Here to view my photos at RailPictures.Net!

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Made by dbthayer
June 2006, Fostoria, Ohio Got to the rail yard around 7PM, and found a group of photographers hanging out.. hard core train buffs--they'd been there since 6AM and one guy kept a notebook with details of all the trains that they'd shot (56, I think he said). anyway, I left them and wandered down the tracks...was just focusing on this car, when a guy came out and invited me aboard to shoot inside. the light was terrible and the inside wasn't really what I was looking for, but we had a nice chat about working the Walbridge to Cleveland line. sure beats getting run off for trespassing, lol.

BNSF 4379 at Fostoria Depot

BNSF 4379 at Fostoria Depot
Made by DarrylW4
Sunday I took the newly acquired Mamiya RZ67 Pro II out for a spin. Shooting both the medium format SLR and the digital SLR were a little challenging, but I was able to get some decent images out. This is one of my favorite compositions at the Fostoria Depot getting both the build and the GE C44-9W BNSF 4379 in the frame at close range. I wish I'd been a little lower and waited about half a second longer to get the locomotive just a little large and more imposing. Perhaps next time. [3-08] Mamiya RZ67 Pro II with 50mm f/4.5 on Portra 160NC

DSC_1922

DSC_1922
Made by Lawrence of Berkley
DarrylW4, DNO Dennis and I spent the day in Fostoria, OH enjoying warm weather and railroad action. Heading west overt the NS C&O diamond is one of the NS switchers assigned to Fostoria yard. Dennis say It's an old Central of Georgia High Nose SD40-2, an interesting find up here in Ohio. Apparently it's been here for the last few years.

Waiting for the Train

Waiting for the Train
Made by DarrylW4
While waiting for a train to pass on the CSX line in front of Fostoria Ohio's depot, I took notice of this light on the gate which gaurds South Main Street. I'm not sure what it is that draws me to this details, but in this case I would guess that the deep saturation was the cause. [_DW74556] AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

Mystery Fostoria Depot

Mystery Fostoria Depot
Made by DarrylW4
While exploring Fostoria Ohio on a recent trip we discovered this old depot next to the CSX line. It's old and run down but doesn't seem to be nearly as bad as it looks. Don't get me wrong, it seems to be in terrible shape, but it really looks aweful. [_DW71662] AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

Iron Triangle

Iron Triangle
Made by Fan-T
A B&O train pasiing F tower Fostoria OH. The busiest hotspot in the state 3 railroads cross all on diamonds creating an Iron Triangle. B&O is east/west C&O is north/south (by compass if not railroad direction) and NKP which is behind me. Back in the day a NYC line also crossed through this mess just left of signal mast crazy.

General Electric Co. Second Floor Door

General Electric Co. Second Floor Door
Made by DarrylW4
This wonderful brick building in Fostoria Ohio has always drawn my attention. It seems to be used now for storage, but has wonderful signs painted onto its aged brick walls. [_DW71762] AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

CSX 93 Passes a Fostoria Freight Depot

CSX 93 Passes a Fostoria Freight Depot
Made by DarrylW4
During our trip to Fostoria this past Sunday we wandered around town a little to discover this old freight house just in time for CSX 93 to roll through with her train. [_DW71620] AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

Fostoria's Once Pork Packers

Fostoria's Once Pork Packers
Made by DarrylW4
This once meat processing facility will be cleared within the next couple years to make room for the Fostoria Rail Park. [_DW74637] AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

Pork Packing Door

Pork Packing Door
Made by DarrylW4
While looking around the side of the soon to be demolished Pork Packing plant in Fostoria, this poor decaying door stood out begging to be captured in pixels. [_DW74709] AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

Buzzing By

Buzzing By
Made by DarrylW4
Lawrence of Berkley stood on the opposite side of the CSX line shooting the westbound freight. [_DW74746] AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

DSC_1854

DSC_1854
Made by Lawrence of Berkley
DarrylW4, DNO Dennis and I spent the day in Fostoria, OH enjoying warm weather and railroad action. This NS Roadrailer is headed eastbound over the NS CSX diamond by the Amtrak station.

DSC_1900

DSC_1900
Made by Lawrence of Berkley
DarrylW4, DNO Dennis and I spent the day in Fostoria, OH enjoying warm weather and railroad action. CSX sends another intermodal train east over the B&O C&O diamond.

DSC_1870

DSC_1870
Made by Lawrence of Berkley
DarrylW4, DNO Dennis and I spent the day in Fostoria, OH enjoying warm weather and railroad action. Eastbound train lead by new image orange BNSF and a Creme N Green unit.

B.N.S.F 5967

B.N.S.F 5967
Made by teabowimaging
Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway Dash ES44AC, Fostoria Ohio 4-24-2010 ISO 200, 1/500 sec. @ f/2.8, 80 mm focal length, 80-200mm AF Nikkor lens, Nikon D90 camera. This train is Eastbound on the CSX, ex-B.& O main having just crossed the NS.,ex-NKP diamonds at Fostoria, Ohio

CSX 9034 at Fostoria Depot

CSX 9034 at Fostoria Depot
Made by DarrylW4
CSX 9034 races past the Fostoria Depot, formerly the location of Amtrak's Fostoria stop, with her train in tow. [_DW71756] AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

CSX 5105 in Cold Fostoria

CSX 5105 in Cold Fostoria
Made by DarrylW4
It's a cold, snowy afternoon in Fostoria Ohio as CSX 5105 and crew pull her train past the old depot. [_DW71581] AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

Another Train Passes the Depot

Another Train Passes the Depot
Made by DarrylW4
CSX 5417 is just one more locomotive to pass right through the Fostoria Ohio depot without stopping. [_DW71728] AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED



Nearest places of interest:

WFOB-AM Offices
Former Fostoria, OH, Amtrak Station
(future) Fostoria Railfan Park
F Tower, Three-way rail intersection
  Ford Mixing Center
Bettsville
Saint Wendelin Church
Autolite Plant

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