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Forth Junction Project 
Concept for

Springbrook Community
Heritage Rail Park

 
Forth Junction Project Vision Sharing Historical Perspective Ground Transportation
Heritage Preservation
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Forth Junction Park Concept

Western Canada Transpo Centre

Historical Miniature Rail Museum

Railway Station Heritage Resort

Concept Proposal for
 

Transportation Themed Rail, Trail and Transit Interpretive
Springbrook Community Heritage Rail Park

 
subject to ongoing stakeholder consultation

Springbrook area resident survey (print, fill out, scan and forward to fjpark1@shaw.ca)

      Springbrook option
                                        
Location of proposed Springbrook Community Heritage RailPark

     proposed Springbrook site
                                           Proposed Springbrook site location at full build-out


      proposed rail park Phase 3 complete
                         Conceptual site plan at full build-out based on the proposed Springbrook site


Features at full build-out (Phase 3 - conceptual only):
creating a unique experience that values family recreational activity, the natural environment and the transportation heritage of Central Alberta, at the hamlet of Springbrook in Red Deer County;
and to interpret, demonstrate and display the relationship between built and natural environment as it relates to the evolution of ground transportation in Western Canada

railway conference centre- Roundhouse conference and interpretive centre
  
fun, interactive, multi-function, community and visitor landmark gathering place for
   various activities including regional and community events, family events, cultural
   events, entertainment, conferences and meetings as well as transportation displays
   showcasing restored railway equipment and artifacts, May include a market, boutiques,
   gift shops and cafe
.

historic railway station- Railway station heritage resort
  Canada's only heritage railway multi-station accommodation village with
  up to 22 unique replicated and/or restored railway stations of Central
  Alberta as bed and breakfasts, single and multi family overnight lodging
  and interpretive centres

- Transit history centre and tour depot
   exploring the evolution of bus service in Central Alberta including the display of historic transit vehicles as well
   as to be the hub for regional cultural and historical tours

 
Proposed interactive historical model rail museum
- Miniature world historical model rail pavilion
   accurately representing, in miniature, the evolution of the railway in the settlement
   and development of Red Deer and other communities in Central Alberta featuring a
   variety of scales and time periods. Could evolve to become Canada's largest series of
   historically-accurate miniature railway exhibits.

- Children's pavilion & miniature railway
   activity, educational and entertainment centre for children to learn the basics of
   transportation science and logistics including train rides and other fun activities
former C&E Railway Museum
- Themed interpretive centres and kiosks
   focusing on aspects of historic railways such as the C&E Railway and the Alberta
   Central Railway, railway activity such as fossil fuel and agricultural transport,
   personal vehicles and other ground transportation which could include military and
   first responder vehicles.

- Heritage railway collections exhibits
   indoor and outdoor displays showcasing private and leased railway collections and the evolution of rail
   infrastructure, locomotives and rolling stock in Central Alberta. Sufficient space will be included for a future rail
   loop and hidden un-restored railway equipment storage


CPR Red Deer garden 1912- Ornamental rail station gardens
   similar to the many railway station gardens including the 1906 CPR Red Deer park that
   greeted visitors and settlers in the first half of the 20th century. Other gardens could
   be scattered throughout park with fountains and other features.
 
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Train viewing observation platform
 
  outdoor/indoor facility in close proximity to an active rail line for train enthusiasts and
   photographers that could include refreshment bar, games room, library and playground

- Elevated observation restaurant
 
  4th floor dining facility giving overview of rail park, natural areas, active railway and the overall environment
 
rail park landscaping- Natural areas, green space, trails, picnic areas
 
  natural areas including trees, green spaces and wetlands accessible through a network
   of internal trails and external trail connections with picnic areas and benches to relax
   and enjoy the environment.

- Family activity zones, themed playgrounds
 
  transportation-themed playgrounds scattered throughout the park and family activity
   zones where families can enjoy the unique built and natural environment. May include gazebos, outdoor stage,
   covered picnic areas and event zone.
CPR Jubilee F2 semi-streamlined locomotive
- RV Park and Campground

-
1/8 scale replication of 3001 Jubilee 'Chinook'
  
high speed streamlined passenger steam locomotive between Calgary and Edmonton in
   the late 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s. One of only 5 built, none survived.
 

Springbrook-phase1-1
Phase 1 of 3 of the park plan sets the stage for the proposed ultimate build-out of the overall vision. It accommodates current opportunities and allows for additional uses of the site by the community and other similar organizations. It also provides some time to modify the plan as community needs, studies, consultations and trends evolve. However, the phasing is conceptual only and features could change based on need and resources. This site plan is only one of many possible.

Phase 1, Stage 1 (1-2 years) may include:
- temporary entrance from north side of site;
- small building that houses temporary trailhead and washrooms;
- first of several themed playgrounds;
- early landscaping, fencing, parking and trail;
- replicated C&E Railway station to exhibit rail station collection.

Springbrook Phase 1-2Phase 1, Stage 2 (2-3 years) may include:
- expansion of small building for storage and workshop that may include
    beginning of future miniature world model rail pavilion;
- first stage of campground (unserviced);
- maintenance garage for temporary heritage bus storage;
- temporary regional cultural tour depot;
- opening of second entrance;
- additional landscaping, fencing, parking and trails;
- picnic areas and gardens;
- if railway collector partners to develop park, some rail may be laid.






Springbrook Phase 1-3Phase 1, Stage 3 (2-4 years) may include:
- expansion of campground and RV park;
- additional themed playgrounds;
- temporary family outdoor activity area;
- trailhead kiosk;
- trailhead building converted to natural park
     interpretive centre;

- stand-alone interpretive kiosks;
- an ornamental railway garden similar to those that
    were once connected to railway stations;
- railway station cafe with gift shop;
- improvements to new entrance;
- additional gardens, a gazebo, water features,
    and water fountains;
- temporary indoor railway museum focusing on the
    Calgary & Edmonton Railway;
- covered viewing platform and snack bar for rail fans and photographers who want to watch the busy CPR
     Calgary-Edmonton main line that hosts up to 15 trains per day. This element alone would likely attract visitors
     from many parts of North America;
- natural areas, trails and tree planting. Eventually the park would connect with regional trails including the
     Trans Canada Trail;
- track laid and covered storage for full-size railway equipment.

This phase would initially attract mostly local and regional residents and guests, visitors, and tourists travelling along the Calgary and Edmonton corridor.

Phase 2 of 3 of the proposed plan transforms the park into a much broader attraction regionally, provincially and nationally. The phasing is conceptual only and features could change based on need and resources. This site plan is only one of many possible.

           


- the railway station heritage resort and separate B&B are fully built with 18 different Central Alberta station designs ready for occupation by families looking for a unique form of accommodation;
- the Penhold and Innisfail stations are replicated as interpretive centres;
- the new Transit Interpretive Centre and Tour Depot is completed;
- the temporary tour depot and bus storage facility is converted to the park maintenance garage;
- the campground and RV park is completed;
- the new family activity zone is completed with large transportation-themed playground, picnic areas and parking;
- the indoor/outdoor train viewing platform is completed with library and games room;
- the first stage of the miniature world historical model rail pavilion will be operational entertaining and educating visitors of all ages;
- a temporary indoor children's activity centre is part of the miniature world pavilion;
- a Roundhouse Park is established at the site of the future Roundhouse Conference Centre;
- an engine house and sufficient rail for equipment storage is ready for large railway collections;
- one of the existing wetlands is improved as a storm water facility with fountain;
- additional decorative floral gardens, landscaping, tree planting, trails and internal roads are developed.


This phase would expand the attraction to include visitors and tourists from much of western Canada. It is projected to be completed within 10 years from the initial ground-breaking of the park. It is anticipated that completion of this stage would attract around 40,000 visitors per year. About 15 employees would likely be required at this stage.

 

Forth Junction Park Concept      Western Canada Transpo Centre      Historical Miniature Rail Museum      Railway Station Heritage Resort
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