What To Expect
The former Aberfoyle Junction Model Railway has been relocated in the beautiful downtown core of St. Jacobs. This attraction is now owned and operated by Waterloo County Heritage Preservation Inc. a registered charity, operating under the name St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle Model Railway.
** Please note that the average height of our display is around 36″. Parents may bring their own step stools for their children to see better, if they wish. **
St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle Model Railway is an O scale (1/4″=1′) model railway depicting Southern Ontario in the late 1950’s. Hand built models of both our major railways, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific, run on their separate rights of way. Watch freight trains being made up in terminal yards, and then switched along their routes. See lighted passenger cars, with full interior detailing, recreate the era of the great passenger trains, as they depart major urban terminals and then pass suburban stations and small rural depots. Models of both late steam locomotives and first generation diesels, authentically detailed for specific prototypes, provide the power. Our trains run through realistic scenery passing countryside, fields, beach, rivers, towns, a large city and even part of the Niagara Escarpment. You may recognize many of the industries and structures, which are based on real ones in the Southern Ontario area.
With over a 40 year history, St. Jacobs and Aberfoyle Model Railway was founded by Frank Dubery with help from his wife Gay Dubery under the name Aberfoyle Junction in 1972. The original small display was located in the barn at the Aberfoyle Flea Market. Later on in the same year Chuck and Gwen Bard joined Frank and Gay in building the original display dubbed AJ1. Later on the four were also joined by Wayne Pfieffer and Craig Webb. This completed and formed the original 6 who created Aberfoyle Junction and the display that you see today.
In 1982 AJ1 was moved about a kilometer up the road to a its own steel building. In this new home the original display was expanded and dubbed as AJ2. The display grew to over 3000 square feet and operated in Aberfoyle until its last show in May 13th 2012. With the land that housed Aberfoyle Junction being developed, the display desperately needed a new home. With help and generosity of a few key people it was decided that the display would have a new home in St. Jacobs. The display was then cut into 51 sections and moved over 40km’s away and was reassembled in its present location downtown in the village.