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Historical village acquires hundreds of train artifacts
March 17, 2020, Innisfail Province (Johnnie Bachusky)

The old Bowden train station at the Innisfail and District Historical Village is about to be enriched with hundreds of valuable artifacts. Last week, the collection of well over 200 train station artifacts arrived at the village, thanks to the Forth Junction Heritage Society. The artifacts were originally obtained by the Junior League of Edmonton to display and preserve in the Calgary & Edmonton Railway Station Museum in Edmonton. But the museum closed in 2018 and the Junior League (more)

Innisfail Province cover 2019-11-12Never giving up on a railway dream
Heritage train park plan proposed for Innisfail 
Nov. 12, 2019, Innisfail Province (Johnnie Bachusky)

Paul Pettypiece remains a grand beautiful dreamer. For more than a decade he's held and pitched a bold vision of a one-of-a-kind railway heritage park for Central Alberta. Pettypiece, the president of the 10-member Forth Junction Heritage Society, has pounded the pavement across Central Alberta to secure support for his ambitious Forth Junction Regional Heritage Rail Park project. Countless times he's approached possible investors, collected artifacts, talked to municipal officials about acquiring land, and made presentations to anyone who would listen, including (more)
 
Canada 150

Railway had significant impact on city
June 29, 2017, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley)
Canada's first prime minister waxed eloquently about the importance of the railways to Canada. At a community level, rail's impact on Red Deer was almost as significant. It seems obvious now that Red Deer would become Central Alberta's premiere community. However, more than a century ago, it wasn't so clear. Paul Pettypiece, president of the Forth Junction Heritage Society, agrees railway's role in Red Deer's emergence is not to (more)

Railway museum project eyes private collection
Dec. 24, 2016, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley) & Jan. 5, 2017, Central Alberta Life
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has given a boost to a local group's dream of a building a Central Alberta transportation park. Forth Junction Heritage Society has been working behind the scenes since 2009 to get a project rolling for an interpretive heritage, facility activity, and nature park, to be built around a rail, trail and transit theme. Then they got word that Saskatchewan railway collector Gary Southgate was looking for a (more)

World-class destination centre still in the works

Penhold's Paul Pettypiece says dream of the Forth Junction Project is an issue of timing
Dec. 3, 2013, Innisfail Province (Sylvia Cole), online Nov. 19, 2013
Although on a bit of a hiatus, the Forth Junction Project is still a go, says Penhold's Paul Pettypiece. "The dream isn't lost, it's just a matter of timing," said Pettypiece, president of the Forth Junction Heritage Society during an interview last week. The society has big plans to create a world-class destination in Central Alberta that would preserve and share the transportation heritage of the region. The planned Transpo Centre is a multi-phase (more)
 

Our View (Editorial)

Praise today's big dream
Railway concept captures region's uniqueness
Jan. 10, 2012, Innisfail Province (Johnnie Bachusky), Jan. 19, 2012, Olds Albertan
It would be easy to dismiss the ambitions of Paul Pettypiece's Forth Junction Heritage Society project for central Alberta as over the top and unachievable. Certainly, the scope of the plan is enormous. If realized it would cover an area of at least 40 acres, with one part being a Western Canada Transpo Centre that will include a "grand" central gathering place, a multi-level retail centre, heritage plaza and a historical model rail museum.
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Railway dream shifts to county
Forth Junction targets county

Heritage society envisions rural locale to showcase past and future glories of railway and ground transportation

Dec. 27, 2011, Mountain View Gazette (2-page article by Johnnie Bachusky)

Impatient with the City of Red Deer's timelines to redevelop its Riverlands District, the Forth Junction Heritage Society is now targeting up to nine sites in Red Deer County for the main location of its ambitious dream to transform the region into a world-class heritage tourism destination point. The plan now is to secure a site of at least 40 acres within 20 kilometres of the City of Red Deer and the CPR main line, the latter being (more)
 

Forth Junction pulling toward a new station
Dec. 2, 2011, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley)
A Central Alberta group of railroad and transit buffs are keeping the wheels turning on their dream project of creating a transportation-themed tourist attraction. For the Forth Junction Heritage Society, that has meant switching gears and dropping a proposal to locate a major attraction combining historical interpretation, dining, retail, amusement park and entertainment in Red Deer's Riverlands area. Society president Paul Pettypiece
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Volunteer profile

A volunteer on the right track

Dec. 2010, We Mean Business (Rob Gilgan, Red Deer Chamber of Commerce)
The signature on an email from Paul Pettypiece reads: 'Sustainable future, respectful past'. Far from an empty slogan, it's a snapshot of how the Chamber volunteer manages his life. When the Chamber developed policy committees in 2006, Paul was a member of two of them: Transportation, and Civic Affairs, which he also chaired.
While the focus of the transportation policy committee was broad and included highway, rail and air, the
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Tourism board supports rail project
Oct. 28, 2010, Red Deer Advocate (Laura Tester) 
Tourism Red Deer is giving an initial stamp of approval to a Red Deer group's proposal for a children's theme park and group transportation museum in the largely undeveloped district of Riverlands. Executive director Darren Kuz said the tourism board met earlier this month with Paul Pettypiece, president of Forth Junction Heritage Society, to hear the group's dreams for tourist attractions in the city and Red Deer County that embrace a railway (more)
 

Forth Junction rail project seeking charitable status
Oct. 27, 2010, Red Deer Advocate (Laura Tester) 
A Central Alberta group eager to make Red Deer's railroad history into a tourist attraction is in the final stages of applying for charitable status. Forth Junction Heritage Society president Paul Pettypiece said he hopes to have the application filed this week with Revenue Canada. The society wants to become a registered charity so it can begin fundraising for the project that's expected to take millions of dollars in donations and government (more)
 

Forth Junction

Rail tourist attraction idea gets rolling
July 31, 2010, Red Deer Advocate (Laura Tester) 
A proposed major tourist attraction focused on the railways and ground transportation is gathering some steam in Red Deer, says the president of the Forth Junction Heritage Society. Paul Pettypiece said the society is getting interest about its proposed project that is expected to take 20 years to develop. Members have been circulating their message around through word of mouth since earlier this year. This fall, Forth Junction
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Railway heritage
Lots of train history here in Central Alberta, say enthusiasts
June 14, 2010, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley) & June 17, 2010, Central Alberta Life
Like many who have set down roots in Red Deer, the area's natural beauty was a major draw for Paul Pettypiece. But there was something else that caught his eye when he moved to the city in 1973 from Manitoba, after discovering he hated (the traffic congestion of) his intended destination of Calgary. "I was really fascinated by the railway heritage," he said. "It's always been somewhat of an interest, but it really
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Region celebrating century of railroad heritage
March 31, 2010, Red Deer Express (Michael Dawe)
One hundred years ago, in 1910, Red Deer enjoyed one of the strongest booms in its history. A significant factor in that boom was an enormous amount of railroad construction and development, involving three different railway companies. Probably the most important boost to the local economy came with the decision of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) to make Red Deer the major divisional point on the Calgary-Edmonton line.
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Our Opinion (Editorial)

New idea for Riverlands worth an Olympic cheer
Feb. 24, 2010, Red Deer Express (Johnnie Bachusky) 
While Olympians continue their quest for glory this week in Vancouver, there are those in this city and region quietly moving forward with dreams of their own. Before the recession dropped like a bomb in late 2008 Red Deer was positioning itself for an exciting and prosperous future with ambitious Olympian-like plans for the Riverlands that featured a canal-driven development concept with an ultimate goal of making the city a major (more)

Our View (Editorial)
One-time opportunity
Feb. 8, 2010, Red Deer Advocate (Greg Neiman)  
Let's set aside throne speeches, Parliaments, taxes and frozen windrows of snow for a while and think about something really important: a model rail museum and theme park for Riverlands. The first time you hear of a tourism-themed idea like this, the normal reaction is: "What the heck are you thinking about?" If the idea cannot climb over that first reaction, it is dead. Witness the proposal for a set of canals running through the
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Commentary:
Happy to hear more talk on large scale attractions

Feb. 5, 2010, Red Deer Advocate online blog (Leo Pare) & print edition Feb. 10, 2010
Since the canals project dried up in late 2008, there hasn't been much talk around Red Deer's future as a tourism destination. The Advocate recently posted an online poll which revealed readers' dismal evaluation of our tourism appeal. Online commenters fiercely debated Red Deer's ups and downs. Some touted amenities like camp sites, rec facilities, and natural landscape -- all of which are tremendous community assets to be sure --
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Tourism proposal facing obstacles
Transportation theme park must capture attention of public
Feb. 5, 2010, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley)
The toughest task facing a group trying to develop rail- and transportation-themed tourist attractions for the Red Deer area will be getting the proposal moving, predicted a local businessman who previously pitched canals to put the city on the map. "They're very difficult," said Ken Mandrusiak of ambitious tourist concepts. "It's like starting a train. Once you get going, you can create some momentum." A local group called Forth Junction
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World-class attraction proposed for Riverlands

Forth Junction idea as theme park based on model train village
Feb. 4, 2010, Red Deer Advocate (Laura Tester)
World-class attractions focused on railway and other ground transportation are being promoted for sites in downtown Red Deer and Red Deer County by a group that has been working quietly for a year on the vision. Forth Junction Heritage Society hopes to turn Red Deer into a major tourist destination that would include shops, a children's theme park and a ground transportation museum in the heart of Riverlands. Visitor
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