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  Jubilee 4-4-4 locomotive

Forth Junction Project
Co-operation and Preservation of Regional Transportion Heritage

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

Current Rail Heritage Preservation

Red Deer Ground Transportation Themes

Mintlaw Linear Park Proposal

Rails to Trails

Collaboration, Restoration, Publication and Replication as strategies for heritage education
 
The Forth Junction Heritage Society envisions collaboration with existing heritage groups and
collectively nurturing an appreciation for the evolution of built ground transportation by:

 
- nurturing a passion
for the continuous evolution of trails,
   trains and transit;

 
- collaborating
with various organizations and museums to
   preserve the existing built ground transportation heritage
   assets of Central Alberta;

 
CNR 6060 at Big Valley
- promoting tourism
by
   integrating existing
   rail-themed heritage
   attractions of Central
   Alberta, as a marketing
   package, with organized or self-guided tours;

 

- expanding the railway theme
to create a representation of the
   settlement and economic development of Western Canada;
 
proposed Western Canada Transpo Centre
- creating a unique world-class focal point in the
    Red Deer area
that celebrates the impact of the railway
   and transit on the economic and social fabric of Western
   Canada;

- creating a unique interpretive railway and
    transit heritage, family activity and nature park

   
close to Red Deer near the CPR rail corridor or significant
    heritage railway site with replicated railway stations as well
    as a rail, trail and transit-themed family entertainment park


Preservation and Marketing Integration
The preservation and marketing integration of existing built ground transportation heritage capital and rail-themed attractions and features as a collective attraction includes:
historic CPR station downtown Red Deer
          - ACR Mintlaw trestle southwest of Red Deer,
          - ACR pier along Taylor Drive Red Deer,
          - CPR Red Deer river bridge historic site,
          - CPR Red Deer station historic site, 
          - the 'Arches' and fountain Red Deer,
          - ACR/CPR Benalto station park,
          - station replications at Penhold and Lacombe,
          - Delburne GTP station museum, water tank,
          - CPR Bowden station and display at Innisfail,
          - Alberta Prairie Stettler steam train tours,
          - CNR 6060 Mountain locomotive Stettler,
          - CNor stations Stettler and Big Valley,
          - Restored grain elevators Stettler, Big Valley,
old CPR bridge in Red Deer          - Big Valley roundhouse interpretive centre,
          - Canadian Railway Hall of Fame Big Valley,
          - Meeting Creek CNor station and elevator
          - Mirror museum, CN caboose and boxcar
          - CPR Didsbury railway station historic site
          - Three Hills museum, CN caboose, station
ACR steel trestle          - the Nordegg Colleries National Historic Site,
          - Alberta Central Museum near Wetaskiwin,
          - CPR Tees station at Paskapoo Park Rimbey
          - Camrose railway station musuem and park,
          - Centennial railway museum Beiseker

Expansion of Railway Theme
ACR CPR Mintlaw trestle across Red Deer River 

- Historically designate and support the restoration of the former
    Alberta Central Railway Mintlaw steel river trestle
with a
   complimentary interpretive centre and repurpose the bridge and former
   rail right of way as part of a regional or national trail and park system
   in collaboration with the Central Alberta Regional Trails Society,
   Red Deer County and neighbouring municipalities.

Jubilee 3001

- Replicate the unique CPR F1a Jubilee 4-4-4 streamlined steam
   locomotive
3001 'The Chinook' in 1:8 scale;
 
CPR 2816 near Red Deer May 2008
- Acquire a
historically-
    significant locomotive
as
   a display at the
   Forth Junction Transpo Park;

- Relocate, restore or replicate several
historic rail stations for the
   Forth Junction Rail and Transit Heritage, Family Activity and
    Nature Park;

   (eg. restore ACR Red Deer, GTP Ardley, replicate CNR Red Deer, ACR/CPR Mintlaw,
    ACR/CPR Sylvan Lake, original 1891 C&E/CPR Innisfail, Red Deer, Lacombe,
    CPR Penhold, CNR Sylvan Lake)
 
 

- Create Canada's largest historical model railway interpretive centre showing the evolution of the
   railways of Red Deer and Central Alberta representing the settlement and development of Western Canada

- Publication of a comprehensive history of ancient trails, railways and transit including the infrastructure that
   supported them and efforts to preserve ground transportation heritage

          "History is who we are and why we are the way we are." - David McCullough

          "If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development." - Aristotle
 

Current Railway Heritage Preservation in Central Alberta

             Transportation Icons of City of Red Deer         Transportation Icons of Red Deer County  
                                             Transportation Icons of Central Alberta

 

Current Rail Heritage Preservation            Red Deer Ground Transportation Themes 
Forth/Tuttle-Mintlaw-Sylvan Lake Linear Park Proposal            Rails to Trails
Railway Icons of City of Red Deer         Railway Icons of Red Deer County          Railway Icons of Central Alberta
 

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