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News articles about the Forth Junction Heritage Society:
 
Railway museum project eyes private collection
Dec. 24, 2016, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley) & Jan. 5, 2017, Central Alberta Life
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has given a boost to a local group's dream of a building a Central Alberta transportation park. Forth Junction Heritage Society has been working behind the scenes since 2009 to get a project rolling for an interpretive heritage, facility activity, and nature park, to be built around a rail, trail and transit theme. Then they got word that Saskatchewan railway collector Gary Southgate was looking for a (more)

World-class destination centre still in the works
Penhold's Paul Pettypiece says dream of the Forth Junction Project is an issue of timing
Dec. 3, 2013, Innisfail Province (Sylvia Cole), online Nov. 19, 2013
Although on a bit of a hiatus, the Forth Junction Project is still a go, says Penhold's Paul Pettypiece. "The dream isn't lost, it's just a matter of timing," said Pettypiece, president of the Forth Junction Heritage Society during an interview last week. The society has big plans to create a world-class destination in Central Alberta that would preserve and share the transportation heritage of the region. The planned Transpo Centre is a multi-phase (more)

Our View (Editorial)

Praise today's big dream
Railway concept captures region's uniqueness
Jan. 12, 2012, Innisfail Province (Johnnie Bachusky), Jan. 19, 2012, Olds Albertan
It would be easy to dismiss the ambitions of Paul Pettypiece's Forth Junction Heritage Society project for central Alberta as over the top and unachievable. Certainly, the scope of the plan is enormous. If realized it would cover an area of at least 40 acres, with one part being a Western Canada Transpo Centre that will include a "grand" central gathering place, a multi-level retail centre, heritage plaza and a historical model rail museum.
(more)

Railway dream shifts to county
Forth Junction targets county

Heritage society envisions rural locale to showcase past and future glories of railway and ground transportation

Dec. 27, 2011, Mountain View Gazette (2-page article by Johnnie Bachusky)

Impatient with the City of Red Deer's timelines to redevelop its Riverlands District, the Forth Junction Heritage Society is now targeting up to nine sites in Red Deer County for the main location of its ambitious dream to transform the region into a world-class heritage tourism destination point. The plan now is to secure a site of at least 40 acres within 20 kilometres of the City of Red Deer and the CPR main line, the latter being (more)

Forth Junction pulling toward a new station
Dec. 2, 2011, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley)
A Central Alberta group of railroad and transit buffs are keeping the wheels turning on their dream project of creating a transportation-themed tourist attraction. For the Forth Junction Heritage Society, that has meant switching gears and dropping a proposal to locate a major attraction combining historical interpretation, dining, retail, amusement park and entertainment in Red Deer's Riverlands area. Society president Paul Pettypiece
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Volunteer profile
A volunteer on the right track

Dec. 2010, We Mean Business (Rob Gilgan, Red Deer Chamber of Commerce)
The signature on an email from Paul Pettypiece reads: 'Sustainable future, respectful past'. Far from an empty slogan, it's a snapshot of how the Chamber volunteer manages his life. When the Chamber developed policy committees in 2006, Paul was a member of two of them: Transportation, and Civic Affairs, which he also chaired.
While the focus of the transportation policy committee was broad and included highway, rail and air, the
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       News article: Tourism board supports rail project
(Red Deer Advocate Oct.2010)
       News article: Forth Junction rail project seeks charitable status
(Red Deer Advocate Oct.2010)
       News article: Rail tourist attraction idea gets rolling
(Red Deer Advocate July 2010)
       News article: Railway heritage
(Red Deer Advocate June 2010)
       Editorial: New idea for Riverlands worth an Olympic cheer
(Red Deer Express Feb.2010)
       Editorial: One-time opportunity
(Red Deer Advocate Feb.2010)
       Blog Commentary: Happy to hear more talk on large-scale attractions
(Red Deer Advocate online Feb.2010)
       News article: Tourism proposal facing obstacles
(Red Deer Advocate Feb.2010)     
       News article: World-class attraction proposed for Riverlands
(Red Deer Advocate Feb.2010)

News articles related to the vision of the Forth Junction Heritage Society:

News articles related to Calgary & Edmonton Railway / Canadian Pacific in Central Alberta:
       News article: Get the lead out - repair, repaint CPR bridge
(Red Deer Advocate Nov.2015)
       News article: Reflections of Ponoka: A road and a rail station is where it all began (Ponoka News Feb.2014)
       News article: Penhold man remembers day of the train
(Innisfail Province Dec.2013)
       News article: Wimborne comes alive again with new book
(Innisfail Province Nov.2013)
       News article: Arches mark influence of railroad on city
(Red Deer Advocate Oct.2013)
       News article: CP's heritage train rolls through region
(Mountain View Gazette Aug.2011)
       News article: Help add a little history to Arches project
(Red Deer Advocate Sep.2009)
       News article: A new face for the old station
(Red Deer Life July 1996)

News articles related to ACR/CPR Mintlaw bridge:
      
Commentary: Preservation Opportunity Not to be Lost
(Innisfail Province & Red Deer Advocate June 2015)
       News article: Red Deer County seeks partners to afford bridge access (Mountain View Gazette Apr.2012)
       News article: County council looks at bridge as tourist attraction
(Red Deer Advocate April 2012)
       News article: Plans for Mintlaw Bridge waiting on public feedback
(Mountain View Gazette Feb.2012)
       News article: Opposition comes forward to Mintlaw Bridge preservation
(Mountain View Gazette May 2011)
       News article: Reinforcing our history
(Red Deer Advocate Mar.2011)
       News article: Repairs planned for crumbling CPR bridge
(Red Deer Advocate Feb.2011)
       News article: RD County antes up for Mintlaw Bridge repairs
(Mountain View Gazette Nov.2010)
       News article: Bridging gap between history and disrepair
(Red Deer Advocate Nov.2010)
       News article: County buys bridge for a buck
(Red Deer Advocate Dec.2009)
       News article: County buys historic railway bridge
(Red Deer Express Dec.2009)

News articles related to Alberta Central Railway heritage:

       News article: Benalto train station gets funding
(Red Deer Advocate Nov.2015)
       News article: Benalto Train Station returned to hamlet after lengthy journey
(Sylvan Lake News May 2013)
       News article: Riders welcome train station home to Benalto
(Red Deer Advocate Apr.2013)
       News article: Benalto station move delayed (Red Deer Advocate Mar.2013)
       News article: Benalto train station to return home after 42-year absence
(Sylvan Lake News Feb.2013)
       News article: Former Benalto train station donated back to community (Red Deer Advocate Feb.2013)
       News article: Historic significance of concrete obelisk preserved in mural
(Red Deer Advocate Oct.2008)

News articles related to Canadian Northern / GTP /Canadian National Railway heritage:
       News article: Hanna society buys historic roundhouse
(Drumheller Mail Dec.2013)
       News article: Big plans for the Hanna roundhouse
(Drumheller Online Oct.2013)
       News article: Hanna Roundhouse celebrates new beginnings
(ECAReview Oct.2013)
       News article: Big Valley station banks on restored roof
(Stettler Independent Apr.2013)
       Blog: Big Valley Canadian Northern Station Celebrates 100 Years
(RETROactive Sept.2012)
       News article: Slag piles give Nordegg mine an historic edge
(Red Deer Advocate May 2012)
       Feature article: 6060 turns 66
(Red Deer Express Sept.2010)

News articles related to regional railway museums:
       News article: Railway Days still chugging along to success
(Wetaskiwin Times Aug.2013)
       News article: New exhibits call Historical Village home
(Innisfail Province May 2010)
       News article: 'Sleeper' village grand opening set
(Red Deer Advocate May 2010)
       News article: Alberta Central Train Museum celebrates 17th anniversary (Wetaskiwin Times June 2009)

News articles related to regional historic railway stations:
       News article: Benalto train station gets funding
(Red Deer Advocate Nov.2015)
       News article: Alberta railway stations get a new lease on life
(AgCanada Nov.2013)
       News article: Benalto Train Station returned to hamlet after lengthy journey
(Sylvan Lake News May 2013)
       News article: Riders welcome train station home to Benalto
(Red Deer Advocate Apr.2013)
       News article: Big Valley station banks on restored roof (Stettler Independent Apr.2013)
       News article: Benalto station move delayed (Red Deer Advocate Mar.2013)
       News article: Benalto train station to return home after 42-year absence
(Sylvan Lake News Feb.2013)
       News article: Former Benalto train station donated back to community (Red Deer Advocate Feb.2013)
       Blog: Big Valley Canadian Northern Station Celebrates 100 Years (RETROactive Sept.2012)
       News article: Historic train station relocated to Beiseker
(Rockyview Weekly July 2012)
       News article: A new face for the old station (Red Deer Life July 1996)

News articles related to regional railway heritage preservation:
       News article: Heritage projects share grant funding
(Red Deer Advocate July 2013)
       News article: Relic caboose gets new home
(Red Deer Advocate May 2013)
       News article: Rail link effort chugging along
(Red Deer Advocate May 2013)
       News article: Track for historic railway tours likely to be done by late summer
(Red Deer Advocate June 2011)
       News article: Rail being laid for heritage line
(Red Deer Advocate Sept.2010)
       News article: Stettler group wants to convert grain elevator into museum
(Red Deer Advocate May 2010)
       News article: Train track wanted
(Red Deer Advocate May 2010)
       News article: County heritage project a first for Alberta
(Red Deer Advocate Feb.2010)
       News article: Major funding will restore rail line to Donalda
(Stettler Independent Oct.2009)

News articles related to regional model and miniature railways:
       News article: Trains still roll for some
(Red Deer Advocate Nov.2012)
       News article: Back yard model railway track okayed
(Red Deer Advocate Aug.2012)
       News article: Stay busy, stay young: Fred Freschette (Red Deer Advocate Nov.2010)
       News article: A work in two golden ages: Ernie Beskowiney (Red Deer Advocate July 2010)
       News article: New exhibits call Historical Village home (Innisfail Province May 2010)
       News article: 'Sleeper' village grand opening set
(Red Deer Advocate May 2010)

News articles related to transit heritage:
       News article: Newest city ghost unveiled downtown
(Red Deer Express May 2012)
       News article: Ghost unveiled
(Red Deer Advocate May 2012)
       News article: Classic bus cruises city streets
(Red Deer Advocate June 2011)
       News article: Transit to retire last low-floor vehicle
(Red Deer Advocate Feb.2011)
       News article: Parkade named Sorensen Station
(Red Deer Express June 2010)
       News article: Downtown parkade to be named after transportation pioneer Gordon Sorensen                                                                                                                
(Red Deer Advocate June 2010)
       News article: Rare GM public bus saved by city bus man
(Red Deer Express Dec.2009)

News articles related to regional trail development including rail-trails:
      
Commentary: Preservation Opportunity Not to be Lost
(Innisfail Province & Red Deer Advocate June 2015)
       News article: Red Deer County seeks partners to afford bridge access
(Mountain View Gazette Apr.2012)
       News article: County council looks at bridge as tourist attraction
(Red Deer Advocate April 2012)
       News article: Plans for Mintlaw Bridge waiting on public feedback
(Mountain View Gazette Feb.2012)
       News article: City council adopts river valley plan
(Red Deer Express July 2010)
       News article: Building trails to paradise (Red Deer Advocate March 2009)
       News article: Clearwater County calls on province for advice about trail (Red Deer Advocate April 2008)
       Editorial: On the trail of a worthy plan (Red Deer Advocate Sept.2005)

News articles related to historic downtown Red Deer redevelopment
(the original vision of the Forth Junction Heritage Society included an attraction in the new downtown
Riverlands but this vision was modified to have one destination close to the city and active rail line):

       Commentary: The Greater Downtown Action Plan progress and potential (Red Deer Express May 2013)
       News article: Riverlands development ready for debate
(Red Deer Advocate Sep.2011)
       News article: Railyards: Open house on a 20-year plan for downtown
(Red Deer Advocate June 2011)
       News article: Riverlands: Strong turnout for open house
(Red Deer Advocate March 2011)
       Commentary: Red Deer could use more bold visionary landmark designers
(Red Deer Express Sep.2010)
       News article: Paths to change (Rotary Recreation Park) (Red Deer Advocate Aug.2010)
       Editorial: Time for downtown vision
(Red Deer Advocate July 2010)
       News article: Big expectations for downtown Red Deer (Red Deer Advocate June 2009)
       News article: Chance of a lifetime (Red Deer Advocate Jan.2009)
       Editorial: No San Antonio but hope left for Big Wow (Red Deer Express Nov.2008)
       News article: Canal plan jettisoned (Red Deer Express Nov.2008)
       News article: Red Deer - Alberta's next great city (Red Deer Express July 2008)

News articles related to high speed rail
(Forth Junction supports the concept of a future rapid passenger rail service connecting major destinations as efficient and enviro-friendly but is not directly advocating for any specific high speed rail proposal):

       News article: Talk of high-speed rail line picking up steam?
(Red Deer Advocate Dec.2013)
       News article: City touting high-speed rail stop at downtown station
(Red Deer Advocate Jan.2013)
       News article: Fast-tracking bullet train a ticket to nowhere
(Red Deer Advocate Dec.2011)
       Commentary: Steam good alternative for high-speed rail link
(Red Deer Advocate Apr.2011)
       News article: Business officials laud rail proposals
(Red Deer Advocate Apr.2011)
       News article: Chamber pressing high-speed rail plan
(Red Deer Advocate Jan.2011)
       Editorial: Train's future needs path
(Red Deer Advocate Nov.2010)
       News article: Project creates issues for rural residents
(Red Deer Advocate Nov.2010)
       Editorial: High speed rail back on
(Red Deer Advocate July 2010)
       News article: Rail plan returns
(Red Deer Advocate July 2010)
       News article: Get moving on high-speed rail link: expert
(Red Deer Advocate June 2010)
       News article: Rural groups want high-speed rail study
(Red Deer Advocate March 2010)
       News article: Political will lags behind train debate
(Red Deer Advocate Oct.2009)
       News article: Province offers update on high speed rail (Red Deer Express July 2009)
       News article: Company pushes for high speed rail (Red Deer Express April 2008)
        
News article: Rail group projects service in five years (Red Deer Advocate April 2008)


Historian Michael Dawe articles related to transportation history in Central Alberta
 
 

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