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Forth Junction Project 
Ultimate Concept for

Forth Junction Regional
Heritage Rail Park

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

Railway Station Architecture

Future Historical Miniature Rail Exhibits

Ultimate Vision

Ultimate Rail Park Vision Innisfail OptionUltimate Vision
for a complementary paired
heritage transportation-themed tourism
development
 
 
creating a unique experience that values family recreational and cultural activity, the natural environment and the transportation heritage of the prairies, located somewhere in Central Alberta close to historic and current highway and railway transportation corridors;
 
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.

The Forth Junction visionary strategy includes an educational component, operated by the Forth Junction Heritage Society, that would be developed along side a commercial or semi-commercial development with a transportation heritage theme, operated by another entity, such as a municipality, a not-for-profit corporation, entrepreneur or land developer.

The long term vision for the development is that a portion referred to the Forth Junction Family Heritage Rail Park would be operated by the Forth Junction Heritage Society while a complementary stand-alone or blended semi-commercial tourism development include some of the features listed below:  


     Conceptual ultimate rail park vision Springbrook option

1. Roundhouse conference and interpretive centre
railway conference 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
.

It could be Western Canada's only Community Entertainment Centre based on Rail, Transit & Trail Heritage with up to 5 major components:

 
B&O Railway Museum
- The Roundhouse Gathering Hall

   large round multi-storey, multi-functional community gathering place
   and the focal point of the Forth Junction Community Heritage Rail Park
   that could include:
         - Indoor Turntable
  
      - Dual Atrium Entranceway with Water Feature
       - The Classic Railway Diner/Cafe


 West Coast Railway Museum   - Trains, Trails, Transit Heritage Exhibits
        featuring the role of trails, trains and transit in the prairie
        economy from 1885 extending into the future, operated by the
        Forth Junction Heritage Sociey, with attractors that could include:
         - Transportation Heritage Interpretive Centre
 
        - Wagons, Rails and Transit Heritage Plaza

         - Centre for the Exploration of Sustainable Transportation


    - Observation Elevated Restaurant
        overlooking the natural and built landscape within or in close
        proximity

 EnterTrainment Junction
   - Market & Meeting Service Centre

        featuring catering, a market, boutiques, cafe, meeting space

  

   - Human Mobility Amusement and Activity Park
        indoor year-round entertainment and education theme park




historic railway station2. 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


proposed Railway Station Heritage Resort
The replication of several regional railway stations for overnight lodging will be a unique experience in Canada and create economic benefits for the region

 
The Railway Station Heritage and Lodging Village is a concept that features stations that serve as both historic representations of the variety that once existed in Central Alberta and economic generators that help keep the park self-sufficient.

A series of up to 25 stations will include lodging uses similar to cabins and/or bed and breakfasts as well as some specialty uses such as conference rooms, gift shops and community facilities.

Smaller stations could be used for single accommodation or retail units. Medium stations can be used for two to four accommodation units. Larger stations can be used for multiple accommodation units, bed and breakfast, administration, display areas and heritage retail.



Some of the stations that may be replicated include:

Innisfail CPR station 1890s

- stations of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway and branchlines:

original 1891 Red Deer CPR wood combination station and freight house (similar to Innisfail, Olds, Ponoka and first Lacombe station); CPR standard #2 station representative of Blackfalds, Penhold and Bowden; CPR standard #10 station representative of Alix and the first Stettler and Camrose stations.
ACR station used as residence

- stations of the Alberta Central Railway

ACR 1910 Red Deer; CPR standard #14A station at Sylvan Lake (similar to Benalto station); CPR standard #A3 station at Rocky Mountain House (Lochearn)
Red Deer CNR station 1955

- stations of the Canadian Northern Western Railway and CNR

unique CNR special station Red Deer; CNoR third class station plan 29 representative of Sylvan Lake, Eckville, Prentiss and Donalda; CNoR third class station plan 75 at Nordegg
Ardley CNR station on farm




- stations of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway

GTP special station Mirror; GTP Type E station representative of Ardley, Delburne, Huxley and Bashaw.


3. Tour depot
   the hub for regional cultural and historical tours

4. RV Park and Campground

5. Hotel and tourism retail or industrial



T
he proposed rail park and tourism development at completion
will create a unique experience that values family recreational activity, the natural environment and the transportation heritage of Central Alberta
in order to interpret, demonstrate and display the relationship between built and natural environment as it relates to the evolution of ground transportation in Western Canada combining a family-oriented non-profit rail park with semi-commercial tourism facilities.

Inspiration for the overall rail park and tourism development has come from several sources including Heritage Park in Calgary, West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish BC, 3 Valley Gap near Revelstoke BC, Cranbrook BC History Centre (formerly the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel), Exporail in Montreal, B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, MD

 

 
The Forth Junction Heritage Society has reviewed many rail parks and rail museums and has taken inspiration from several of them, some within Alberta and others well outside.
Our desire is to not duplicate these facilities but to learn from them to facilitate the creation of a unique attraction with a unique combination of facilities.
 
Some excellent attractions within Alberta that we have taken inspiration from include the Alberta Central Railway Museum near Wetaskiwin, Heritage Park in Calgary, Fort Edmonton Park, the Alberta Railway Museum north of Edmonton, Aspen Crossing at Mossleigh and Galt Historic Railway Park south of Lethbridge.
We see these attractions complementary to our own vision and we encourage you to visit these other great parks.

Outside of Alberta, inspiration has come from the West Coast Railway Heritage Park at Squamish, 3 Valley Gap near Revelstoke, the Revelstoke Railway Museum, Canadian Museum of Rail Travel at Cranbrook and Fort Steele in B.C. as well as Exporail in Montreal, Winnipeg Railway Museum, Toronto Railway Museum, B&O Railway Museum in Baltimore, MD, EnterTrainment Junction in Cincinnati, OH, Railraod Park Resort in Dunsmuir, CA, and San Diego CA Model Railroad Museum.
 

 

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