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Forth Junction Project
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Why the name
Forth Junction?

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100 Year Milestones

Society Milestones

Forth Junction south of ACR pier 1955


Forth Junction Heritage Society logo The Forth Junction
Heritage Society

is a Registered Society under the Alberta Societies Act and a Charitable Society under Canada Revenue Agency

Forth Junction display at Supertrain Calgary 2010April 2009 - a group of four local transportation historians and model railroaders meet to form the Forth Junction Heritage Society, temporary Board of Directors elected by acclamation;

May to September 2009 - Several local historians, city and county civic leaders, business leaders and other people of influence are briefed about the preliminary concept of a major tourist attraction based on the railway history of the region with positive encouragement to proceed;

August 2009 - society by-laws finalized, development of comprehensive website begins;

September 2009 - the initial group is joined by transit historians and other interested people expanding executive to seven members, first membership dues collected;

October 2009 - bank account set up;

November 2009 - preliminary business plan created;

December 2009 - Red Deer County agrees to purchase the former ACR Mintlaw steel railway trestle as a historic resource, fulfilling the initial stage of one of the society's objectives;

Forth Junction display at Supertrain Calgary 2010December 2009 - The society receives confirmation of its status as a Registered Society under the Alberta Societies Act;

January 2010 - The society receives a donation of $500 from Red Deer County Division 2 Recreation and Culture Board for start-up expenses; Paypal account set up for website

February 2010 - First print media news articles and commentary on the vision of the society (Red Deer Advocate and Red Deer Express)

April 2010 - Created banner, brochures, historic photo display and model rail module exhibit for participation at Calgary Supertrain, one of Canada's largest model railway shows; membership reaches 12

June & July 2010 - News articles in Red Deer Advocate

September 2010 - Board accepts proposal for $40,000 destination management study by Heritage Collaborative - requests funding from Alberta Tourism

October 2010 - Presentation to Tourism Red Deer resulting in letter of support in principle; display at Red Deer Model Train and Hobby Show; Annual General Meeting with speaker Michael Dawe; membership rises to 21; news articles in Red Deer Advocate

November 2010 - Society president contacted for news articles in Red Deer Advocate and Mountain View Gazette on repairs to Mintlaw trestle

December 2010 - Application to CRA for charitable status submitted, meeting with Alberta Tourism

January 2011 - Strategic planning workshop for society members, membership rises to 23

February 2011 - Informal meeting with Central Alberta Regional Trails Society re options for preservation of and access to Mintlaw trestle and regional trail on former ACR right of way

March 2011 - Changes made to strategic plan and adopted; became member of Red Deer Chamber of Commerce

April 2011 - Participated for 2nd time at Supertrains in Calgary; Heather Shannon creates archives scrapbook for display

June 2011 - Field trip to Mintlaw trestle; meeting with RD Strategies re county study on access and preservation of Mintlaw trestle; letter from Canada Revenue Agency that some of society's objectives do not comply with charitable activities

August 2011 - Field trip to Alberta Central Railway Museum near Wetaskiwin; meeting with Red Deer mayor

September 2011 - Special meeting accepted changes to by-laws and society purposes as required by CRA for charitable status to focus on education and preservation activities; regular meeting held at Innisfail Historical Village; decision made to pursue formation of not-for-profit corporation

October 2011 - 2nd annual Annual General Meeting held at The Hub with speakers Brian McLoughlin and Steve Parkin; participated for 2nd time at Red Deer Model Train & Hobby Show; membership rises to 28; meeting with Red Deer County mayor

November 2011 - Approval of charitable status with Canada Revenue Agency; preliminary legal advice on forming not-for-profit corporation; meetings with Tourism Red Deer, Red Deer County and Heritage Collaborative; received list of various plans for Jubilee 3001 steam locomotive from Canada Science & Technology Museum for future replication

December 2011 - Two page feature in Mountain View Gazette and article in Red Deer Advocate; letter sent to Red Deer County council members re update and request for letter of support; preliminary contact with some landowners re future site

Frequently Asked Questions               Coming Rail Related Regional Events


The Forth Junction Project Powerpoint

Forth Junction Project Proposal Powerpoint Presentation
presented to various groups in the Fall of 2009
(This is a large file, over 5MB, so please be patient as it downloads)

Calgary-Edmonton Corridor Passenger History Powerpoint

History of Passenger Rail in the Edmonton-Calgary Corridor Powerpoint Presentation
at Red Deer High Speed Rail Symposium Oct. 14, 2009
(please be patient as it downloads)


Trails of the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor Powerpoint

Trails of the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor Powerpoint Presentation
at Central Alberta Historical Society Meeting Feb. 17, 2010
(please be patient as it downloads)


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