Membership 2019 – Become a member of FOFS!

Hello Friends!

It is that time of year to renew or obtain your 2019 Membership.
Yearly membership is $20.00 and a lifetime membership is $200.00.
Every dollars goes to the project, all FOFS folks are volunteers.

You can mail in or use our online connection:

1: Use PayPal with our “Donate” button located at the top of this page ,

2: Send us a cheque at our mailing address :
Friends of Freeman Station,
P.O. Box 91536 Roseland Plaza, 3023 New Street, Burlington L7R 4L6.

Thank you, we appreciate your support!



Model train exhibit now open to public on a limited basis

This is an invitation for you to bring your family — model train enthusiasts young and old — to see the G scale model railway historic diorama project we’re building on the Lower Level of the Freeman Station in Burlington.
 In October we’ll be open on Saturdays, from 1 PM to 3 PM.  Other days & times by arrangement.
The Freeman Station is located at 1285 Fairview Street, next to the Central Fire Station. 
For model railway enthusiasts, on November 3rd we’ll again be a stop on the 18th Annual  HOMES tour of 21 home and club layouts in N, HO, O, and G scales in standard and narrow gauge model railway layouts in the greater Burlington/Hamilton/Beamsville corridor.
(If you want a tour book, we have them for you here at the Station.  Or, if you live in the Oakville/Burlington area, email and we’ll get a copy to you.)  

BDRC (model train construction team) kicks off construction of the diorama

The model railway team at Freeman Station met on Saturday August 18th to celebrate commencement of Phase 1 of the construction of the Lower Level Railway Diorama.

The team viewed some operating G scale train equipment and models, some test lighting and a video projection test, and reviewed design concepts, and identified next steps in the project.  Several new folks volunteered their talents.

The diorama team has established regular work days and hours:

You are invited to stop past on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday afternoons between 1 PM and 3 PM to see the Lower Level and learn how plans for building the historic model railway layout and the teaching diorama are shaping up.

(More details on the project are available at the “Diorama” menu item above.)




BDRC – June 23 Work Party

The BDRC volunteer painting crew did a great job the morning of Saturday June 23, they did the primer coat on the basement walls.
The work party at the Station consisted of:
Barb Plander, Marion Richardson, Brian Aasgaard, Ed Keenleyside, John Mellow, Eric Shergold, Ken Taylor, David Vollick, and Denny Williams.
We also had a visit from Gordon Sherwood who gave FOFS a nice commemorative spike and date nail mounted on white oak, and a framed picture of a Kingston steam locomotive.
Without our volunteers the Station would not be at the stage it is today.
Thanks to all.
Bob Miller.


Retired Teachers Organization approves grant for Freeman Station railway history exhibit

RTO/ETO District 15/Halton of the Retired Teachers of Ontario has announced approval of a grant application by Friends of Freeman Station (FOFS) to fund a computer control system for its historic model railway educational exhibit.  The money will be used to purchase the central “brains” of a planned interactive, museum-quality model railway diorama depicting life in the village of Freeman (now part of Burlington) in the early 1900’s.  Additional details at


Video by Kevin Davies; photography by Bob Chambers, Bob Miller, Nikki Wesley, John Mellow, Joel Waterman, Denny Williams, Alan Harrington, Al Pettman and others (by permission)