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    We offer a fun way to travel between the Market, Village and Countryside.

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WCR Events


  • Civic Holiday Steam Excursion Live Chat

    For the first time we will be broadcasting on Facebook Live the morning of August 1st to show you what is involved in getting the steam train ready for the excursion! It is one of a few steam trains that is currently operational in North America and was restored, so that future generations could have […]  Read more »

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    Coming Soon! Steam Freight Photo Shoot

    The steam freight photo shoot is coming soon! Are you interested in taking photos of Essex Terminal Railway Steam Engine Number 9 moving freight equipment between St. Jacobs and Elmira?  This will be a rare opportunity to join fellow photographers in a caboose as you ride behind Number 9.  Number 9 will spend the full […]  Read more »

  • We Need Your Assistance – Farmer’s Market Station Agent & Customer Service Representative/ Train Service Volunteer

    As we approach the beginning of the 2016 Operating Season for the WCR in May we find ourselves in need of a volunteer to assist with our day to day operations at the Farmer’s Market as the Station Agent – Customer Support Representative. On behalf of Dave Banks, Manager of Passenger Sales, Charters & Special […]  Read more »

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Groups & Charters

Group bookings may be made for regularly scheduled trains in our 2016 operating season. Should you wish to ride the train outside our regular schedule, we offer the option to charter the complete train.

  • Weddings
  • Birthdays
  • Film shoots
  • Joint pre-school outings
  • Conference outings
  • Cultural events
  • School field trip
  • Trade shows
  • Family parties
  • University course field trip
  • Book launches
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Is the steam engine running?

Yes! Engine No. 9 went operational in October 2012.  It will run steam excursions on long weekends in May, July, August, September and October 2015.  Engine Number 9 will occasionally make appearances during crew training sessions throughout the season as steam-trained volunteers are available.  These dates are tentative and subject to change without notice.

Where is the Farmers Market Station?

Our Farmers Market Station is located in the south-east corner of the St. Jacobs Farmers Market property.  You may download this a PDF to show where our location is.

Is there parking nearby?

There is parking available next to our Farmers Market Station on a first come, first served basis.  There is additional, dedicated railway parking located beside the Value Village at 330 Farmers Market Road.  Street parking and municipal parking is available in the Village of St. Jacobs.

Is the Waterloo Station closed permanently?

Yes.  Due to the installation of the Region of Waterloo’s ION LRT project, we no longer have access to the Waterloo Station located at 10 Father David Bauer Drive in Waterloo.

is the train accessible?

The train is not wheelchair accessible. There are a handful of steps from the platform level to the car corridor. The first bank of seats is approximately 10 feet from the doorway. Our volunteers are on hand to assist with passenger boarding. We can accommodate most mobility aids provided they are collapsible. We cannot accommodate motorized wheelchairs.

Can I bring strollers on board?

We can accommodate strollers. For the safety of our passengers and crew, all strollers must be collapsed for storage. Children may not ride in strollers while on board.

Are food and drink on sale on board? Can I bring food or drinks on the train?

We offer a variety of pre-packaged snacks and drinks on board for very modest prices. We accept cash payment on board. You are welcome to bring your own food and drink. All we ask is that what ever you bring on board, you take with you when you leave. Please deposit all garbage in the proper receptacles. Please take your children with you.

What types of payment do you accept?

At the St. Jacobs Farmers Market Station we accept most credit cards but at this time we do not accept debit cards. We can only accept cash onboard and in the Village of St. Jacobs.

Do I need to buy a ticket ahead of time?

No, though to avoid disappointment we recommend you purchase your tickets ahead of time either online or by phone.

How far ahead should I prepare to arrive?

To avoid disappointment, we recommend that you plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to your planned departure. This will allow ample time to park, either purchase a ticket or trade in an e-ticket receipt, peruse our gift shop and board your train.

Can I buy a ticket onboard?

Yes. For passengers boarding at the the Village of St. Jacobs, tickets are available for cash sale on board. We cannot currently accept electronic payment on board.

Can I bring pets on board?

Pets are welcome on board provided they are not a nuisance or danger to other passengers and crew. Should your pet be a nuisance or present a danger to other passengers, you may be asked to leave the train at the next scheduled stop.

Can I smoke on the train?

For the protection of our equipment, and in accordance with local bylaws and provincial legislation, no smoking is allowed in any vehicle or in any building on our property.

Are there washrooms on board?


Is my ticket tied to a specific train?

Though our tickets are sold for specific trains, you are welcome to board other trains provided there is space available. In the event that the train is full, every attempt will be made to accommodate you on the next available train. Our tickets are open return which means that you may board other trains for a given day.