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)