Rail Festival on track for Saturday

FOSTORIA – Vendors have reserved more than 100 tables offering railroad art, toys and memorabilia for the 12th annual Rail Festival 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School.

Organizers said they expect this to be the largest festival so far.

In addition to railroad items, local agencies and organizations are to have informational displays. A new DVD, “The History of Fostoria, Volume 1: Fostoria’s Firsts,” is to be for sale to benefit the Fostoria Area Historical Museum. The DVD includes a railroad segment.

“Scenic Stops” from WBGU-TV is to be at the rail festival doing interviews for a Nov. 14 episode on northwest Ohio trains.

“The Rail Festival will have our famous soup contest with plenty of soups for you to taste,” said Ellen Gatrell. “The photo contest this year is online to make it easier for everyone to enter their favorite Fostoria train-related photo. The SCAT bus tour will be touring Fostoria with our famous Gov. Charles Foster. You will definitely learn something about Fostoria if you take the tour.”

Entries for the railroad photo contest are being accepted online until Wednesday. Guidelines can be found at www.fostoriairontriangle.com/frpsphotocontest.htm.

Gatrell said she and Fostoria Railroad Preservation Society members have been busy cleaning and painting in the LE&W depot and working at other stops on the bus tour.

“Volunteers have been busy clearing brush away from our historic railroad sites. The NYC depot has been cleared and the NYC tower has been cleaned up of some of the junk trees, etc.,” Gatrell said.

Work continues on the Fostoria Rail Park with completion expected next month. Gatrell said people from all over the United States have been inquiring about the ribbon-cutting.

“We keep hearing October as the completion date, but have no idea which of the 31 days will be the magic number,” she said.