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Forth Junction Project
Miniature World
Historical Model Rail
and Landmark Exhibits

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

Forth Junction Park Concept

Railway Station Architecture

Future Historical Miniature Rail Exhibits

Ultimate Vision

 
kid watching trains at model railway showConcept for
A Series of Historical
Miniature Rail Exhibits
in several scales and showcased in replicated railway stations demonstrating the evolution of regional communities
Model rail display at Revelstoke
One of the primary features of the Forth Junction Community Heritage Rail Park is an interactive and interpretive world-class miniature replication of the railways and landmarks of Red Deer and Central Alberta demonstrating the economic evolution of the region and the role of the railway from 1890 to the present as part of that evolution.

Landmarks may include the Mintlaw trestle and other Central Alberta bridges, a number of railway stations, rail yards and spurs in downtown Red Deer, rail-oriented industries and landmark hotels.

A variety of modelling scales from N (1/160) to HO (1/87) to G (1/22.5) may be used. Some may be adaptable modules for expansion during special events.


A series of historic time periods
 
The model rail museum will eventually feature several historic time periods as interactive and accurately-portrayed operational miniature replications of the era including railway infrastructure, landmarks, environment and community characteristics:

 
 

1890s train on C & E Railway








CPR Jubilee 3000







CPR railyards Red Deer 1985








Years 1967 (Canada's Centennial Year) and mid-2000s may also be represented


 


 
1892
The coming of the railway and beginnings of Red Deer as regional distribution centre


building of the Mintlaw trestle 1911











CNR station Red Deer 1955







high speed rail

  1913
 The building of the ACR
 & CNWR; the headiness
     of rail and municipal
                       expansion

 
1939
The glory of passenger service; the end of the depression as the region prepares for war
 

1955
      A time of transition from steam to diesel and the start of passenger service decline

    

1986
A time of modernization and preparation for rail
relocation
 

Present and Future
The revival of passenger rail and regional transportation



 

Jubilee 3001Featuring
1/8 scale Operating Replica of
CPR F2a Jubilee 4-4-4 3001 'The Chinook'

 

Only 5 of these semi-streamlined class of locomotive were built; only one ran in Western Canada -- No. 3001 that powered 'The Chinook' passenger service between Calgary and Edmonton. Not only was the 3001 scrapped but so were the other four. The Forth Junction Project's long term vision includes the exact replication of this historic locomotive preferably in 1/8 scale.
More information on Jubilee 3001

Inspiration for the 'miniature-world' element of the rail park has come from several sources including EnterTrainment Junction in Cincinnati, OH, San Diego CA Model Railroad Museum, Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany and the developing Our Home and Miniature Land in Toronto. Smaller exhibits have also been inspirational including those at the Didsbury Museum, Innisfail Historical Village and the Revelstoke Railway Museum. Annual events have also inspired this concept including Supertrain in Calgary and Alberta Free-mo in Big Valley.

1.& 2. Photos of child at FreeMo and model railway at Revelstoke Railway Museum by Paul Pettypiece;
3. Photo of early 1900s train near Red Deer. Red Deer Archives;
4. Photo of Mintlaw trestle under construction 1911. Red Deer Archives P2631;
5. Photo of Jubilee 3000 train 1955 W.H.N. Rossiter via Trainweb website;
6. Photo of CNR Red Deer station 1955. Red Deer Archives p-136-5; 7. Photo of Red Deer railyard 1985 by Paul Pettypiece;
8. photo of high speed train. source unknown;
9. Photo of Jubilee 3000 locomotive 1953 J.F. Beveridge, Dave Shaw collection via Trainweb website

 

1892 - The beginning of a regional centre    1913 - The headiness of rapid expansion    1939 - The glory days of passenger service
1955 - A year of transition and change     1986 - Modernization and rail relocation     Future - High speed rail and regional transit
Innisfail Historical Model Rail Exhibit         Historic Model Railway Concept         World-Class Model Rail Museums
 

Forth Junction Park Concept       Railway Station Architecture       Future Historical Miniature Rail Exhibits       Ultimate Vision

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