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Forth Junction Project
Big and Bold Objectives
to create a unique educational experience

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

of the Forth Junction Heritage Society

Note: The Forth Junction Heritage Society's primary purposes are education and preservation of the history of railways, transit and pioneer trails as they have evolved in Central Alberta. This includes the creation and promotion of the vision and concept for the Forth Junction Project and its elements but not necessarily its implementation and physical development. Activities and implementation that go beyond the primary objectives of the Society (education and preservation) are envisioned to be administered by a not-for-profit corporation, municipality or by independent businesses.

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

The Vision and Objectives of the Forth Junction Project
as determined by the Society Board at a strategic planning retreat in January 2011:
- help to establish Red Deer as a transportation and culture themed world class community and visitor
celebrating the role and evolution of trails, trains and transit in the settlement and economic
  development Central Alberta as representative of Western Canada;

- investigate possible sites for the project with sufficient land to accommodate future opportunities for
  attracting restored artifacts, an operating railroad and national travelling transportation exhibits;
- establish an interactive, interpretive, fun and educational park with multi-media exhibits, artifacts and
  representations of the past, present and future of trains, transit and trails close to a significant railway
  historic site or an active railway in Central Alberta close to Red Deer and close to a regional trail system and
  natural areas;

- establish Canada's largest interactive historical miniature railway museum in one or more buildings that
  recreates historic milestones and period infrastructure to visually demonstrate the evolution of the role of
  railways in the economic development of the Red Deer region;
- promote to other entities the development of a sustainable transportation-focused heritage and
   entertainment centre
to complement the park as a Red Deer area landmark community gathering and
   visitor structure
- promote to other entities the development of a transportation-themed railway station heritage resort that
  includes the replication of several historic regional railway station designs as overnight accommodation to
  complement the park;
- co-ordinate the various transportation and cultural heritage icons and attractions of Central Alberta for
  integrated guided tours;
- advocate for a pedestrian and bicycle trail system using abandoned railway rights of way;

- arrange for a 1/8 scale replication of the unique semi-streamlined Jubilee F2a locomotive 3001 that once
  headed the fast 'Chinook' Calgary-Edmonton passenger train.

All aspects of the Forth Junction vision are compatible with and complementary to the following existing adopted plans:
              - The Red Deer River Valley and Tributaries Park Plan;
              - The Red Deer County Open Spaces Master Plan;
              - The Mintlaw Bridge Public Access Strategy


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