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Forth Junction Project 
Concept for

Forth Junction Community
Heritage Rail Park

 
Forth Junction Project Vision Sharing Historical Perspective Ground Transportation
Heritage Preservation
Forth Junction
Heritage Society

Forth Junction Park Concept

Western Canada Transpo Centre

Historical Miniature Rail Museum

Railway Station Heritage Resort

Concept Proposal for
 

Transportation Themed Rail, Trail and Transit Interpretive
Community Heritage Rail Park

 
creating a unique experience that values family recreational activity, the natural environment and the transportation heritage of the prairies, to be located at or near Red Deer close to historic and current transportation corridors;
 
and to interpret, demonstrate and display the relationship between built and natural environment as it relates to the evolution of ground transportation in Western Canada

      proposed rail park Phase 3 complete
                            Conceptual site plan at full build-out based on the Springbrook option


Features at full build-out (Phase 3 - conceptual only):

railway conference centre- Roundhouse conference and interpretive centre
  
fun, interactive, multi-function, community and visitor landmark gathering place for
   various activities including regional and community events, family events, cultural
   events, entertainment, conferences and meetings as well as transportation displays
   showcasing restored railway equipment and artifacts, May include a market, boutiques,
   gift shops and cafe
.

historic railway station- Railway station heritage resort
  Canada's only heritage railway multi-station accommodation village with
  up to 22 unique replicated and/or restored railway stations of Central
  Alberta as bed and breakfasts, single and multi family overnight lodging
  and interpretive centres

- Transit history centre and tour depot
   exploring the evolution of bus service in Central Alberta including the display of historic transit vehicles as well
   as to be the hub for regional cultural and historical tours

 
Proposed interactive historical model rail museum
- Miniature world historical model rail pavilion
   accurately representing, in miniature, the evolution of the railway in the settlement
   and development of Red Deer and other communities in Central Alberta featuring a
   variety of scales and time periods. Could evolve to become Canada's largest series of
   historically-accurate miniature railway exhibits.

- Children's pavilion & miniature railway
   activity, educational and entertainment centre for children to learn the basics of
   transportation science and logistics including train rides and other fun activities
former C&E Railway Museum
- Themed interpretive centres and kiosks
   focusing on aspects of historic railways such as the C&E Railway and the Alberta
   Central Railway, railway activity such as fossil fuel and agricultural transport,
   personal vehicles and other ground transportation which could include military and
   first responder vehicles.

- Heritage railway collections exhibits
   indoor and outdoor displays showcasing private and leased railway collections and the evolution of rail
   infrastructure, locomotives and rolling stock in Central Alberta. Sufficient space will be included for a future rail
   loop and hidden un-restored railway equipment storage


CPR Red Deer garden 1912- Ornamental rail station gardens
   similar to the many railway station gardens including the 1906 CPR Red Deer park that
   greeted visitors and settlers in the first half of the 20th century. Other gardens could
   be scattered throughout park with fountains and other features.
 
-
Train viewing observation platform
 
  outdoor/indoor facility in close proximity to an active rail line for train enthusiasts and
   photographers that could include refreshment bar, games room, library and playground

- Elevated observation restaurant
 
  4th floor dining facility giving overview of rail park, natural areas, active railway and the overall environment
 
rail park landscaping- Natural areas, green space, trails, picnic areas
 
  natural areas including trees, green spaces and wetlands accessible through a network
   of internal trails and external trail connections with picnic areas and benches to relax
   and enjoy the environment.

- Family activity zones, themed playgrounds
 
  transportation-themed playgrounds scattered throughout the park and family activity
   zones where families can enjoy the unique built and natural environment. May include gazebos, outdoor stage,
   covered picnic areas and event zone.
CPR Jubilee F2 semi-streamlined locomotive
- RV Park and Campground

-
1/8 scale replication of 3001 Jubilee 'Chinook'
  
high speed streamlined passenger steam locomotive between Calgary and Edmonton in
   the late 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s. One of only 5 built, none survived.
 

 

 
The Forth Junction Heritage Society has reviewed many rail parks and rail museums and has taken inspiration from several of them, some within Alberta and others well outside.
Our desire is to not duplicate these facilities but to learn from them to facilitate the creation of a unique attraction with a unique combination of facilities.
 
Some excellent attractions within Alberta that we have taken inspiration from include the Alberta Central Railway Museum near Wetaskiwin, Heritage Park in Calgary, Fort Edmonton Park, the Alberta Railway Museum north of Edmonton, Aspen Crossing at Mossleigh and Galt Historic Railway Park south of Lethbridge.
We see these attractions complementary to our own vision and we encourage you to visit these other great parks.

Outside of Alberta, inspiration has come from the West Coast Railway Heritage Park at Squamish, 3 Valley Gap near Revelstoke, the Revelstoke Railway Museum, Canadian Museum of Rail Travel at Cranbrook and Fort Steele in B.C. as well as Exporail in Montreal, Winnipeg Railway Museum, Toronto Railway Museum, B&O Railway Museum in Baltimore, MD, EnterTrainment Junction in Cincinnati, OH, Railraod Park Resort in Dunsmuir, CA, and San Diego CA Model Railroad Museum.
 

Phase 1 of the park plan sets the stage for the ultimate build-out of the overall vision. It accommodates current opportunities and allows for additional uses of the site by the community and other similar organizations. It also provides some time to modify the plan as community needs, studies, consultations and trends evolve.

Phase 1 of 3 Proposed RailparkThe first phase includes:
- campground and RV park as initial income generator;
- children's playground and outdoor activity centre
  which would ultimately evolve into a major theme park
  that includes miniature train rides;
- covered viewing platform and snack bar for rail fans
  who want to watch the busy CPR Calgary-Edmonton
  main line that hosts up to 15 trains per day. This element
  alone would likely attract a good number of visitors from
  many parts of North America;
- stand-alone interpretive kiosks;
- an ornamental railway garden similar to those that
  were once connected to railway stations;
- additional gardens, a gazebo, water features,
  fountains;
- natural areas, trails and tree planting. Eventually the park would connect with regional trails including the
  Trans Canada Trail;
- temporary heritage transit storage building and bus tour depot;
- temporary indoor railway museum focusing on the Calgary & Edmonton Railway;
- the beginnings of a historical miniature world model railway exhibit;
- at least one replicated railway station for overnight accommodation.

These features would initially attract mostly local and regional residents and guests, visitors, and tourists travelling along the Calgary and Edmonton corridor.


 

Forth Junction Park Concept      Western Canada Transpo Centre      Historical Miniature Rail Museum      Railway Station Heritage Resort
Trails, Rails, Transit Heritage Centre      An Opportunity for Boldness       A Time to Think Big and Bold
 

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