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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

Western Canada Transpo Centre

Historical Miniature Rail Museum

Railway Station Heritage Resort

kid watching trains at model railway showConcept proposal for
Canada's Largest Historical
Miniature Rail Pavilion

Model rail display at Revelstoke

One of the centre-pieces of the Forth Junction Project 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.

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 in 1/8 scale.
More information on Jubilee 3001

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


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

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

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

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


A time of modernization and preparation for rail

The Future
The revival of passenger rail and regional transportation


Inspiration for this element of the overall 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 Supertrains in Calgary and Alberta Free-mo in Big Valley.

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      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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