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Forth Junction Project
A Vision for a World-Class Destination by
Thinking Big and Bold

 
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

the
Forth Junction Project
is a bold visionary concept proposed by the Forth Junction Heritage Society to establish a world-class visitor and ommunity destination in the immediate Red Deer area to celebrate the past, present and future of trails, trains and transit in an interactive and entertaining way for all members of the family to enjoy.

The objectives of the proposed Forth Junction Project are:
proposed Forth Junction Transpo Park site plan
      Forth Junction Transpo Park
         to interpret, demonstrate and display the relationship between built and
         natural environment as it relates to the evolution of ground transportation
         in Western Canada

Proposed railway station and transit heritage park      
       which includes the
     Railway Station Heritage Resort

       a proposal for Canada's only Heritage Railway Multi-Station
       Accommodation Village

                                              
 
 
Proposed Western Canada Transpo Centre floorplan
       
The Western Canada Transpo Centre

           a proposal for Canada's only Ground Transportation Themed Family
           Entertainment-Heritage-Retail Gathering Centre to be located close to an
           active railway line at or near Red Deer, Alberta



Proposed interactive historical model rail museum
    Alberta Central Historical Model Rail Interpretive Centre
      to accurately represent, in miniature, the evolution of the railway in the
      development of Red Deer and Central Alberta in an interactive multi-scale,
      multi-era operating historical model rail exhibit



Additional objectives include:
former ACR Mintlaw trestle across Red Deer River
       Public Access to the

      
Historic ACR Mintlaw Steel Railway Trestle
          and its designation as a historic resource with an interpretive centre

steam 6060 at Big Valley 
 
   Regional Trail, Rail and Transit Heritage
   Self-Guided Tours

     that highlight the region's transportation heritage value in the settlement and
     development of Western Canada by collaborating with current heritage groups
     and sites
 

abandoned ACR-CPR right-of-way       Red Deer to Sylvan Lake Linear Park
           using the former Alberta Central Railway (CPR) right of way between
           Forth (south Red Deer) and/or Tuttle (near Gasoline Alley) via  the
           Mintlaw Trestle


CPR Jubilee F2 semi-streamlined locomotive
       1/8 Scale Operating Model of F2a
    
Jubilee 4-4-4 3001 'The Chinook'
steam locomotive
       an accurate replication of one of only 5 high-speed semi-streamlined
       CPR passenger steam engines of its class built, none of which survived

Canadian National Red Deer station

       the research, compilation and publishing of the
 
    Trail, Rail and Transit History of Central Alberta

         that interprets the evolution of historic trails, the railways and transit of the
         region as representative of the settlement and economic development
         of Western Canada

The Vision of the Forth Junction Project:

 
- Red Deer as a transportation and culture themed world class community and
   visitor destination
celebrating the role of trails, trains and transit in the settlement
  and economic development of Western Canada;
 
- the integration and co-ordination of the various transportation and cultural
  heritage icons and attractions of Central Alberta including guided tours;
 
- interactive and multi-media representations of the past, present and future of
  trails, trains and transit in Central Alberta;
 
- the development of a sustainable transportation-focused heritage-entertainment-
   business centre
as a Red Deer area landmark community gathering and visitor
   building
at or close to a significant railway historic site or an active railway;
 
- an interactive, fun and educational transportation-themed nature and heritage
   resort and park
that includes the replication of several railway station designs as
  overnight accommodation and other uses located close to active railways, the
  regional trail system, natural areas and heritage sites;
 
- Canada's largest interactive historical miniature re-creation of historic milestones
  and infrastructure in the evolution of the role of railways in the economic
  development of the Red Deer region;
 
- a pedestrian and bicycle trail system using abandoned railway rights of way;
 
- a 1/8 scale replication of the unique semi-streamlined Jubilee F2a locomotive 3001
 
that once headed the fast 'Chinook' Calgary-Edmonton passenger train;
 
- sufficient land to accommodate future opportunities for attracting restored
  artifacts, an operating railroad and national travelling transportation exhibits.

All aspects of the Forth Junction vision are compatible with and complimentary to the following existing adopted plans:
              - The Red Deer Greater Downtown Action Plan;
              - The Red Deer River Valley and Tributaries Park Plan;
              - The Red Deer County Open Spaces Master Plan.

Activities that go beyond the primary objectives of the Society (education and preservation) will be administered by a not-for-profit corporation.

News articles about the Forth Junction Project concepts:
    News article: World-class destination centre still in the works
(Innisfail Province Nov.2013)
    Editorial: Praise today's big dream
(Innisfail Province Jan.2012)
    Editorial: Railway concept captures region's uniqueness (Olds Albertan Jan.2012)
    Feature article: Forth Junction targets county
(Mountain View Gazette Dec.2011)
    News article: Forth Junction pulling toward a new station
(Red Deer Advocate Dec.2011)
    Feature article: A volunteer on the right track (We Mean Business Dec.2010)
    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)
 

The Vision, Mission, Values and Objectives of the Forth Junction Heritage Society

 

    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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