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Forth Junction Project
Miniature World
Historical Model Rail
and Landmark Exhibits

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

Forth Junction Park Concept

Railway Station Architecture

Future Historical Miniature Rail Exhibits

Ultimate Vision

kid watching trains at model railway showConcept for
A Series of Historical
Miniature Rail Exhibits
in several scales and showcased in replicated railway stations demonstrating the evolution of regional communities
Model rail display at Revelstoke
One of the primary features of the Forth Junction Community Heritage Rail Park is an interactive and interpretive world-class miniature replication of the railways and landmarks of Red Deer and Central Alberta demonstrating the economic evolution of the region and the role of the railway from 1890 to the present as part of that evolution.

Landmarks may include the Mintlaw trestle and other Central Alberta bridges, a number of railway stations, rail yards and spurs in downtown Red Deer, rail-oriented industries and landmark hotels.

A variety of modelling scales from N (1/160) to HO (1/87) to G (1/22.5) may be used. Some may be adaptable modules for expansion during special events.

A series of historic time periods
The model rail museum will eventually feature several historic time periods as interactive and accurately-portrayed operational miniature replications of the era including railway infrastructure, landmarks, environment and community characteristics:

1890s train on C & E Railway
The coming of the railway and beginnings of Red Deer as regional distribution centre

building of the Mintlaw trestle 1911

The building of the ACR & CNWR; the headiness of rail and municipal expansion


CPR Jubilee 3000



The glory of passenger service; the end of the depression as the region prepares for war

CNR station Red Deer 1955

A time of transition from steam to diesel and the start of passenger service decline

CPR railyards Red Deer 1985

Canada's centennial train visits Red Deer

CPR railyards Red Deer 1985
End of an era -- the last scheduled passenger train in Central Alberta


CPR railyards Red Deer 1985


lberta centennial and a decade since Red Deer rail yard relocated from downtown 1991


Jubilee 3001Featuring
1/8 scale Operating Replica of
CPR F2a Jubilee 4-4-4 3001 'The Chinook'


Only 5 of these semi-streamlined class of locomotive were built; only one ran in Western Canada -- No. 3001 that powered 'The Chinook' passenger service between Calgary and Edmonton. Not only was the 3001 scrapped but so were the other four. The Forth Junction Project's long term vision includes the exact replication of this historic locomotive preferably in 1/8 scale.
More information on Jubilee 3001

Inspiration for the 'miniature-world' element of the rail park has come from several sources including EnterTrainment Junction in Cincinnati, OH, San Diego CA Model Railroad Museum, Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany and the developing Our Home and Miniature Land in Toronto. Smaller exhibits have also been inspirational including those at the Didsbury Museum, Innisfail Historical Village and the Revelstoke Railway Museum. Annual events have also inspired this concept including Supertrain in Calgary and Alberta Free-mo in Big Valley.

1.& 2. Photos of child at FreeMo and model railway at Revelstoke Railway Museum by Paul Pettypiece;
3. Photo of early 1900s train near Red Deer. Red Deer Archives;
4. Photo of Mintlaw trestle under construction 1911. Red Deer Archives P2631;
5. Photo of Jubilee 3000 train 1955 W.H.N. Rossiter via Trainweb website;
6. Photo of CNR Red Deer station 1955. Red Deer Archives p-136-5;
7. Photo of Red Deer railyard 1985 by Paul Pettypiece;
8. Photo of Jubilee 3000 locomotive 1953 J.F. Beveridge, Dave Shaw collection via Trainweb website


1892 - The beginning of a regional centre     1913 - The headiness of rapid expansion     1939 - The glory days of passenger service
1955 - Transition and change     1967 - Canada's centennial     1985 - Last passenger train in region      2005 - Alberta's centennial
Innisfail Historical Model Rail Exhibit         Historic Model Railway Concept         World-Class Model Rail Museums

Forth Junction Park Concept       Railway Station Architecture       Future Historical Miniature Rail Exhibits       Ultimate Vision

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