” I remember travelling through the Freeman Station”

As we meet folks around Burlington, many tell us of the times they came and went by train from the Burlington Junction Station.  We’re collecting these anecdotes — and we’d like to hear from you… if you have memories of coming to the Station, of watching the old steam engines come chugging through, of helping the farmers bring their produce up Brant Street by horse and wagon to load it on the “fruit train” destined for Toronto, Montreal and beyond…

Farmers loading baskets of fruit 1920

…of waiting in the Brant Street traffic jams as the trains rumbled through the Hamlet of Freeman; of working at the Tip Top Cannery and the Basket Factory; of “trading” at Pridmore’s Store; of good times at the Brant Inn; of going by Hamilton Radial Electric Railway to shop at FW Woolworth’s or Eaton’s or Robinson’s in Hamilton; late night meals at the Clans Restaurant; of great food at the Tien Kue Inn… please drop us an email — info@freemanstation.ca — and share your story. Let us hear from you!

And here’s a bit of nostalgia for you:


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)