Journey Through Time

Experience a taste of history along with the romance of a bygone era.

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Relive History

A wonderful adventure taking in the Mennonite community, the farms and the people.

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Share the Excitement

Watch your kids light up with excitement in our Themed Trains!

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Experience Waterloo Central Railway

St. Jacobs MARKET – VILLAGE of St. Jacobs – ELMIRA
The Waterloo Central Railway runs a recreational passenger train just outside of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, on a historic railway branch between the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market, the Village of St. Jacobs, and the town of Elmira.


Enjoy the journey on our regularly-scheduled Market-Day Diesel Trains. Travel through time on our specially-scheduled Steam Locomotive Trains and Theme Trains. Shop at the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, visit the Village of St. Jacobs and our Railway Museum, travel to Elmira and take a tractor ride from the train into the downtown. Charter our Caboose or the entire train and Railway Museum for memorable private events such as birthdays and weddings!


St. Jacobs MARKET – St. Jacobs VILLAGE – ELMIRA

The Waterloo Central Railway runs on a historic railway branch between the St. Jacobs Farmers’ MARKET, the VILLAGE of St. Jacobs, and ELMIRA, Ontario, Canada.


MARKET SEASON: The Waterloo Central Railway Market-Day Train runs seasonally on—Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays—leaving the market at 10:00am, 12:00pm and 2:00pm. Sundays—leaving the market at 1:00pm.

There are no Thursday trains after Labour Day. We are now offering a train on Sundays at 1PM.
YEAR-ROUND: Our Special Event Trains and Private Charter Trains run at various days and times throughout the year. For a current listing of dates and times please click to get tickets.

Train Stations

3 Stops to Board and Depart

1. St. Jacobs Farmers' MARKET Train Station

878 Weber Street North
Woolwich, Ontario, N2J 4G8

GPS: 43.512074, -80.552603

Free Parking: In Market lot next to the station.

Purchase Tickets: This station accepts credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Visa Debit) or cash.

2. St. Jacobs VILLAGE Railway Museum & Train Restoration Shop

50 Isabella Street
St. Jacobs, Ontario, N0B 2N0

GPS: 43.538140, -80.556965

  • Railway Museum.
  • Train Restoration Shop.
  • Wheelchair accessible public washrooms.
  • Pre-booked Photoshoot participants with their own photographer.

Free Parking: In the municipal lot and on selected side streets.

Purchase Tickets: This station accepts credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Visa Debit) or cash. Tickets are sold at Eco Cafe in St. Jacobs.

3. ELMIRA Scout House Station

75 Oriole Parkway East
Elmira, Ontario, N3B 3J7

GPS: 43.587210, -80.550745

  • Please wait behind the gate for the train to arrive.
  • If there are no passengers trackside, the train does not wait, so please be prompt.
  • The Scout House Station is approximately 1.5km to Downtown Elmira.

Free Parking: on the road shoulder.

Free Shuttle: Enjoy a FREE shuttle from the Station to Downtown Elmira, compliments of the Elmira BIA and Kitchen Kuttings.

Purchase Tickets: Upon boarding; accepts credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Visa Debit) or cash. Tickets are sold at Kitchen Kuttings store in Elmira.

Train Ride Options

3 Kinds of Train Experiences

1. Regularly Scheduled Market-Day Train Rides

The Market-Day Train runs seasonally on market days between the St. Jacobs MARKET – St. Jacobs VILLAGE – ELMIRA.

2016 Season: Sat. May 7, 2016 – Sun. November 20, 2016

On St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market days:

Saturdays: May 7 – November 19, 2016

Sundays: September 25-November 20, 2016
Tuesdays: June 14 – August 30, 2016
Thursdays: May 19 – September 15, 2016

Departs St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market: 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm. Sundays only at 1:00pm.


2. Specially Scheduled Event & Theme Train Rides




Our specially scheduled adventure diesel train and steam train rides include Special Event Rides with live entertainment, drama and excitement as well as themes such as our Great Train Robbery Trains, Twister Tuesdays, Pumpkin Patch Rides, Halloween DressUp Rides, Santa Trains and Easter Bunny Trains. Don’t miss these exceptional events!

3. Private Charter Train & Museum Rentals

Looking for a unique venue for your next big event? Our rolling train venues and stationary museum venues offer the perfect backdrop for events of all kinds, including birthday parties, fundraisers, corporate events, anniversaries, graduations, proms, weddings etc.! Browse our Charter Packages.

Market-Day Train Fares

Family Pass: Family of 4$54.99
All Ages Pass: Valid for 1 Person$15.99
Children, under 2 years: No ticket required.FREE
Box Lunch:$13.99
School Field Trip: Per Passenger$15.99
Train Engineer Pass: Drive the train!$99.99
Crazy Caboose Party Rental: The whole caboose!$349.99
Crazy Caboose Live Entertainment:$249.99

Fare Details

  • Prices listed here are for our Market-Day Train tickets. For Special Event Train and Private Charter Train pricing, please see their respective pages.
  • Purchase Tickets - 3 options: 1. Online on our Ticketing Portal—click on Buy Tickets. 2. In person on market days at the St. Jacobs Market Train Station. 3. Upon boarding at the Market, Village or Elmira stops (when seats are still available).
  • All Prices, by cash or credit card, are plus HST and Service Fees.
  • All tickets include the return trip.
  • Hop-On-Off: at any of the 3 stations from the 10:00am and 12:00pm Market-Day trains only.
  • Children under 2 years ride free, no ticket required; however, when space is limited, please seat them on your lap.
  • (Equipment and schedule subject to change without notice.)

Special Events 2016 At a Glance

For more details about each event, see the event News below.


Easter Bunny Trains
March 26

Maple Syrup Festival Trains
April 2

Mother's Day Train
May 7

Victoria Day-Steam Train
May 23

Father's Day Train
June 18


Canada Day-Steam Train
July 1

Twister Tuesdays
July 19
August 9, 16, 23, 30

Civic Holiday-Steam Train
August 1

Great Train Robbery
August 11, 18, 25
September 1


Labour Day-Steam Train
September 5

Grandparents' Day Rides
September 10

Mennonite Farm Tours
September 15, 24
October 1, 8

Festival of Colours
October 2

Pumpkin Patch Rides
October 9, 16

Thanksgiving-Steam Train
October 10

Family Fun Market Train
October 23

Halloween Dress-Up Rides
October 29, 30


Sparkles Express
November 19

Santa Trains
November 26, 27
December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18

News & Updates

What’s happening at Waterloo Central Railway?

Sparkles Express Train

Sparkles Express Train

When: November 19 Departure: 10:00am and 12:00pm Leaving From: St. Jacob's Market Station Experience the spirit of the holiday shopping season among thousands of twinkling lights and old fashioned charm if you decide to opt for the stopover in St. Jacobs. Each year,...

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Family Fun Market Train

When: October 23 Departure: 1:00pm Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes Leaving From: St. Jacob's Market Station Take this opportunity to gather relatives and enjoy a fun train ride in heritage style. Kids and adults of any age will truly enjoy getting together and riding...

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