Fort Wayne Railroad Acquires Historic Pleasant Lake Railroad Station
Friday, August 11, 2023
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A 141-year-old railroad station has been acquired by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society to support its expanding rail tourism programs in Northeast Indiana.
PLEASANT LAKE – The historic railroad station on Main Street will serve as headquarters for the Indiana Rail Experience, a partnership of the non-profit Fort Wayne Railroad and the Indiana Northeastern, a regional short line railroad.
The acquisition was made possible by a grant to develop a station and boarding site in Steuben County. The station will be open to the general public between Noon and 4:00 PM on Saturday, August 12th to coincide with the town’s annual Pleasant Lake Days Festival.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and long cared for by area residents, the station will host the upcoming Tails & Rails Train, Cigar Train, Indiana Fall Color Trains, and the Indiana Christmas Train. Though the station’s interior is largely preserved, improvements will likely include a new platform, lighting fixtures, and other amenities.
Plans call for the structure and nearby property to receive cosmetic and structural improvements over the next year to host train rides and community events.
Fundraising for this work will start immediately at fortwaynerailroad.org/donate..
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