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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 Albertaa visionary multi-venue major attraction proposed by the Forth Junction Heritage Society

  3. The Forth Junction Project An opportunity 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 Canadaa visionary multi-venue major attraction proposed by the Forth Junction Heritage Society

  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 Bridge Red Deer CP StationProvincial Historic Resource Red Deer CP Park Fountain

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

  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 1912. 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 Iconsin Red Deer County Delburne GTP Station, Water Tower, Caboose Bowden CP Station at Innisfail Historical Village Penhold CP Wood Caboose

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

  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 stationat Alberta Central Railway Museum Lacombe offices Penhold offices

  12. The Forth Junction Project Backgrounder The Calgary-Edmonton CorridorPassenger Rail Service 1954The 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 contextC&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 1890-1990 North of river 1891-1990 Canadian Northern Western (CNR) North of river 1911-1941 South of river 1921-1961 North of river 1961-present East-West: Alberta Central Railway (CPR) East of C&E RR 1912-1913 West of C&E RR 1912-1962

  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 Streetwith locator overlay

  17. The Forth Junction Project - promote downtown Red Deer as aworld-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 thetrail, rail and transit heritageof Central Alberta;- create an authentic railway-basedminiature historical interactive representationof the evolution of the city and region during significant landmark periods; - create a family-oriented activity and heritage park showing the evolution of ground transportationpast, 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 visionfor a dual venue world-class major attraction for the Red Deer area with 2 attractorsunique in Canadato 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 CentreMajor Downtown Red Deer Multi-Use Attraction • Rail Station & Transit Heritage Resort& Family Nature Park • Forth/Tuttle-Mintlaw-Sylvan Lake Recreation Corridorincluding historic ACR/CPR Mintlaw Steel Trestle • Alberta Central Historical Model Rail MuseumMiniature 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 CentreCanada’s Only Entertainment-Heritage-Retail Centre celebrating the evolution of Trails, Trains and Transit

  21. The Forth Junction Project • Riverlands Transpo CentreDistinctive Landmark and Regional Focal Pointbig, bold, fun, magic, multi-activity, interactive, 1st classMajor Community and Visitor Attraction Riverlands Downtown Red Deer

  22. The Forth Junction Project • Riverlands Transpo CentreMajor Community and Visitor Attractionconsistent with Greater Downtown Action Plan Riverlands Downtown Red Deer

  23. Riverlands Transpo Centre • Dual Atrium Entranceway with Garden Railway - large open 2 or 3 storeyentranceway - 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 Centrefeaturing trails, trains & transit 1885-1985 - 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 Corridortransportation theme – Riverlands to Recreation Parkrailway-themed crossing of Taylor Drive

  31. Shuttle Service • Downtown Alexander Way Rail-Themed Shuttle Servicelocal 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 Resortand Family Nature Park

  34. The Forth Junction Project • Rail Station & Transit Heritage Resortand Family Nature Parkclose to active CP Railway linewith 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 ofFormer Railway Stationsas 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 Resortas Lodging and Tourist Services including Bed and Breakfast Innisfail Red Deer Sylvan Lake Rocky Mtn House SylvanLake

  37. The Forth Junction Project • Attractor 3 Proposed Forth/Tuttle-Mintlaw-Sylvan LakeRecreation 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 LakeRecreation Linear Park View of ACR/CPR Mintlaw steel trestleused 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 TrailRecreation 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 Gaetz & Ross 1910 Alberta & Arlington Hotels 1909 CPR rail yard Red Deer 1955

  44. Forth Junction Project • Attractor 51/8 size Replication of theJubilee 4-4-4 3001 ‘The Chinook’

  45. Forth Junction Project • 1/8 size Replication of theJubilee 4-4-4 3001 ‘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 1955. This class established the speed record of 181 km/h (112.5mi/hr) in 1937 that was not broken until 1976. All 5 locomotives were scrapped.

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

  47. The Forth Junction Project Phase 1 Destination and Management Studyfor 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 Albertarepresenting the settlement and growth of Western Canadaa visionary multi-venue major attraction proposed by the www.ForthJunction.com