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1 The Forth Junction Project a visionary multi-venue major attraction proposed by the Forth Junction Heritage Society

2 The Forth Junction Project The legacies of trails, trains and transit is an opportunity for tourism, branding and economic development linking downtown Red Deer, the Red Deer region and all of Central Alberta a visionary multi-venue major attraction proposed by the Forth Junction Heritage Society

3 The Forth Junction Project to create a major regional tourist destination that celebrates ground transportation, with specific significance of the railway, in the economic development of Central Alberta and how it represents the settlement and growth of Western Canada a visionary multi-venue major attraction proposed by the Forth Junction Heritage Society An opportunity

4 The Forth Junction Project The Evolution of a Railway Theme representing the settlement and economic development of the Red Deer region and Western Canada

5 The Evolution of a Railway Theme Existing Red Deer Downtown Icons Red Deer CP Station Provincial Historic Resource Red Deer CP Park Fountain Red Deer CP Bridge

6 The Evolution of a Railway Theme Existing and Developing Interpretive Icons Alberta Central Railway Pier at Taylor Drive ‘The Arches’ Historical Outdoor Display Historical Model Rail Display Innisfail

7 Historic Railway Icons The ACR Mintlaw Steel Trestle The Alberta Central Railway started construction in 1910 of the steel trestle across the Red Deer River west of Springbrook near the small community of Mintlaw, completing it in It is the second longest CPR steel trestle in Alberta (next to Lethbridge) at 2,112 feet long and 110 feet high. It last had a train in 1981, was abandoned in 1983 and purchased by Red Deer County in 2009 as a historic resource.

8 Historic Railway Icons Other Existing Icons in Red Deer County Bowden CP Station at Innisfail Historical Village Penhold CP Wood Caboose Delburne GTP Station, Water Tower, Caboose

9 Historic Railway Icons Other Existing Icons in Central Alberta Roundhouse Interpretive Centre at Big Valley Mirror CN Boxcar & Caboose Stettler CNor Station, Town & Country Museum

10 Historic Railway Existing Attraction Alberta Prairie Train Excursions – Stettler to Big Valley (with potential to expand)

11 Replicated Historic Railway Icons Existing Replicated Railway Stations Reduced version of Wetaskiwin station at Alberta Central Railway Museum Penhold offices Lacombe offices

12 The Forth Junction Project Backgrounder The Calgary-Edmonton Corridor Passenger Rail Service 1954 The primary means of settlement and economic development in Alberta -- Canadian Pacific (60 years) and Canadian National (40 years)

13 The Forth Junction Project Backgrounder Regional historical context C&ER (CP), ACR (CP), CNWR (CN), L&BVER (CP)

14 The Forth Junction Project Backgrounder The evolution of Red Deer symbolizes how the railway acted as the catalyst for urban and rural settlement, economic prosperity, communication, social interaction and the distribution of goods throughout Western Canada Railways built: North-South: Calgary-Edmonton Railway (CPR) South of river North of river Canadian Northern Western (CNR) North of river South of river North of river 1961-present East-West: Alberta Central Railway (CPR) East of C&E RR West of C&E RR

15 Forth Junction the interchange between the Red Deer-based Alberta Central Railway and the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, both operated by Canadian Pacific, as the major evolutionary catalyst in the development of Central Alberta

16 Forth Junction Representing the north-south and east-west flow of settlement, commerce, industry, agriculture, transportation, entrepreneurship 1955 photo of train approaching Forth Junction from the west at a point south of current intersection of Taylor Drive and 32 Street with locator overlay

17 The Forth Junction Project - promote downtown Red Deer as a world-class centre for the celebration of the railway that acted as a catalyst for the settlement and economic development representative of Western Canada; - preserve and integrate the trail, rail and transit heritage of Central Alberta; - create an authentic railway-based miniature historical interactive representation of the evolution of the city and region during significant landmark periods; - create a family-oriented activity and heritage park showing the evolution of ground transportation past, present and future in the Red Deer area; - publish a book on the history of railways of Central Alberta

18 The Forth Junction Project A bold vision for a dual venue world-class major attraction for the Red Deer area with 2 attractors unique in Canada to celebrate the region as a distribution and transportation hub

19 The Forth Junction Project 2 Unique Major Attractors plus 3 Supplementary Unique Attractors: Riverlands Transpo Gathering Centre Major Downtown Red Deer Multi-Use Attraction Rail Station & Transit Heritage Resort & Family Nature Park Forth/Tuttle-Mintlaw-Sylvan Lake Recreation Corridor including historic ACR/CPR Mintlaw Steel Trestle Alberta Central Historical Model Rail Museum Miniature re-creation of railway and regional landmarks Replication 1/8 size of Jubilee 3001 ‘The Chinook’

20 The Forth Junction Project Major Attractor 1 Riverlands Transpo Centre Canada’s Only Entertainment-Heritage-Retail Centre celebrating the evolution of Trails, Trains and Transit

21 The Forth Junction Project Riverlands Transpo Centre Distinctive Landmark and Regional Focal Point big, bold, fun, magic, multi-activity, interactive, 1 st class Major Community and Visitor Attraction Riverlands Downtown Red Deer

22 The Forth Junction Project Riverlands Transpo Centre Major Community and Visitor Attraction consistent with Greater Downtown Action Plan Riverlands Downtown Red Deer

23 Riverlands Transpo Centre Dual Atrium Entranceway with Garden Railway - large open 2 or 3 storey entranceway - atrium - garden railway - water features - ancient and settlement trail theme opening up into the Roundhouse Gathering Area and Shopping Centre

24 Riverlands Transpo Centre Community Gathering Hall - year-round community gathering centre - adaptable central turntable-style stage - large indoor open multi-use hall with natural light - style of roundhouse and classic railway station

25 Riverlands Transpo Centre Retail and Service Centre - 4-storey shopping centre - overlooking Community Gathering Hall - highly visible from the main entrance - primary economic generator for the operational sustainability of the entire centre

26 Riverlands Transpo Centre Tower Observation Restaurant - 8-storey observation tower in the form of a stylized grain elevator (the skyline landmark of the prairies for 100 years) - upper observation deck for viewing the downtown and river valley - mid-level restaurant with a view on all sides of the city landscape

27 Riverlands Transpo Centre Distribution & Transit Heritage Centre featuring trails, trains & transit stagecoach travel along the C & E Trail - Red Deer as a major rail distribution centre of Alberta - glory days of inter-city passenger train travel - evolution of urban and inter-urban public transit

28 Riverlands Transpo Centre Human Mobility Interactive, Educational Amusement Park - year-round entertainment and educational activity area for children and adults - transportation theme park - interactive activities that teach the principles of the evolution of human mobility

29 Riverlands Transpo Centre Centre for Future Sustainable Transportation - options and opportunities for the future movement of people and goods in a responsible, environmentally-friendly and sustainable way - including the potential for high-speed inter-urban rail, regional rapid transit and multi-use highways

30 Alexander Way Transit and Pedestrian Corridor transportation theme – Riverlands to Recreation Park railway-themed crossing of Taylor Drive

31 Shuttle Service Downtown Alexander Way Rail-Themed Shuttle Service local transit, rubber-tired trains and shuttles for both adults and children to transport people along Alexander Way through the historic downtown east to Alexandra Park as well as west to Bower Ponds

32 Regional Tours Regional Shuttles and Heritage and Culture Tours - regional transit, Westerner Park, Red Deer College, city centre and the Railway Station and Transit Heritage Resort and family nature park, - transit connections to the airport and future high-speed rail terminal - tour buses connecting local and regional tourist and heritage attractions

33 The Forth Junction Project Major Attractor 2 Rail Station & Transit Heritage Resort and Family Nature Park

34 The Forth Junction Project Rail Station & Transit Heritage Resort and Family Nature Park close to active CP Railway line with links to regional trail systems Canada’s only heritage railway station overnight accommodation village

35 Rail Station & Transit Heritage Resort & Family Nature Park Restoration or Replication of Former Railway Stations as Lodging and Tourist Services including Bed and Breakfast Former stations as private residences Grand Trunk Pacific (CN) Ardley Station in farmer’s field east of Red Deer

36 Potential Replicated Historic Railway Icons Replication of Significant Historic Railway Stations in Proposed Heritage Resort as Lodging and Tourist Services including Bed and Breakfast InnisfailRed Deer Sylvan Lake Rocky Mtn House

37 The Forth Junction Project Attractor 3 Proposed Forth/Tuttle-Mintlaw-Sylvan Lake Recreation Linear Park Acquire the original privately-owned, historic Alberta Central Railway right-of-way between Red Deer County Centre and the Mintlaw steel trestle west of Springbrook for a future linear park

38 The Forth Junction Project Proposed Forth/Tuttle- Mintlaw- Sylvan Lake Recreation Linear Park View of ACR/CPR Mintlaw steel trestle used from 1912 to 1981 relative to former rail corridor which curves to the northeast in the top half of the photo

39 The Forth Junction Project Future ACR Trail Recreation Linear Park Long term, Red Deer County, in its Open Spaces Master Plan, has identified the Alberta Central Railway right of way as a possible linear park and recreational trail linking Red Deer and Sylvan Lake, the biggest challenges being the crossing of Highway 11 and adjacent landowners

40 The Forth Junction Project Attractor 4 Alberta Central Historical Model Rail Museum

41 Alberta Central Historical Model Rail Project 1892 The beginnings of a regional distribution centre 1913 The headiness of rail and municipal expansion; the building of the ACR and CNWR 1939 The glory of passenger service; the region prepares for war 1955 A time of transition from steam to diesel and the start of passenger service decline 1986 A time of modernization and preparation for rail relocation The future The revival of passenger rail and regional transportation

42 The Forth Junction Historical Model Rail Project Historic Downtown Red Deer Scenes 1912 photo of Canadian Pacific Roundhouse, Turntable and Water Tower in Red Deer, which were located until the mid 1950s at the current southeast corner of Taylor Drive and Ross Street 1955 photo of Canadian National Passenger Station built around 1921, closed by 1960, which was located at the current site of the downtown Co-op Shopping Centre

43 The Forth Junction Historical Model Rail Project Historic Downtown Red Deer Scenes CPR rail yard Red Deer 1955 Gaetz & Ross 1910 Alberta & Arlington Hotels 1909

44 Forth Junction Project Attractor 5 1/8 size Replication of the Jubilee ‘The Chinook’

45 Forth Junction Project 1/8 size Replication of the Jubilee ‘The Chinook’ 3001 (the ‘Chinook’) was one of only 5 locomotives of this class designed by CPR specifically for ‘high-speed’ inter-city passenger service including Calgary-Edmonton from 1936 to This class established the speed record of 181 km/h (112.5mi/hr) in 1937 that was not broken until All 5 locomotives were scrapped.

46 The Forth Junction Project 2 Unique Major Attractors plus 3 Supplementary Unique Attractors: Riverlands Transpo Gathering Centre Major Downtown Red Deer Multi-Use Attraction Rail Station & Transit Heritage Resort & Family Nature Park Forth/Tuttle-Mintlaw-Sylvan Lake Recreation Corridor including historic ACR/CPR Mintlaw Steel Trestle Alberta Central Historical Model Rail Museum Miniature re-creation of railway and regional landmarks Replication of Jubilee 3001 ‘The Chinook’

47 The Forth Junction Project Phase 1 Destination and Management Study for Phase 1 Riverlands Transpo Centre Concept funding

48 The Forth Junction Project A Celebration of the Red Deer Region as a major distribution and transit centre in the economic development of Central Alberta representing the settlement and growth of Western Canada a visionary multi-venue major attraction proposed by the www. ForthJunction.com


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