Rail station to live on…

The estate of railway enthusiast John Devrieze, who passed in January 2017,  has donated his entire collection of railway artifacts to the Friends of Freeman Station for display at the restored Burlington Junction Station.

A prophetic headline appeared in the April 1995 issue of The Independent.  An excerpt is reproduced below in tribute to Mr. Devrieze;  click on the link to read the entire article.

Rail station to live on thanks to Grimsby man’s collection, love

The efforts of a local railway enthusiast are helping to preserve more than just the memory of Grimsby’s historic train station that was razed by fire on New Year’s Eve.

John Devrieze pulled two original windows and a door from the ashes shortly before wrecking crews cleared the remnants of the 92-year-old landmark.  He is now restoring the items for use in a life-size replica of a period railway maintenance shed.

For a man whose life-long hobby is gathering railway history and paraphernalia, the salvaged items are prized possessions…

The items are the latest additions to the 65-year-old’s collection of railway gear, which includes spikes, pieces of track, lanterns, and numerous signs…

Devrieze railway maintenance motorcar donated to FOFS

Click here to read the complete article.2017-06-18-0001John Devrieze

 Mural project

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At the Heritage Fair held in Burlington on Feb 2013, Les Armstrong presented a slide show of the history of the Freeman Station. We have made this into video and have made it available for all to see. To view the video : Click here!