Schedules & Fares

Market Train Schedule

Our 2016 regular Market Train season will begin on Saturday, May 7, 2016.  Tickets may be purchased online through our online ticket window or in person at our Market Station. Our Market Station is located in the southeastern corner of the St. Jacobs Market property.  The Market Station will only be open on operating days.

NOTE: The Waterloo Central Railway no longer serves its former Waterloo station located at 10 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo. 
First Operating Day
of the Season
For this Day of the week
Last Operating Day
of the Season
For this Day of the week
Tuesdays *please note later start* June 14, 2016 August 30, 2016
Thursdays May 19, 2016 October 27, 2016
Saturdays May 7, 2016 October 29, 2016


Northbound Trains Schedule (read Down)

Train # 1 3 5
Depart Market 10:00 12:00 2:00
Arrive Village 10:15 12:15 2:15
Depart Village 10:20 12:20 2:20
Arrive Elmira 10:45 12:45 2:45

Southbound Trains Schedule (Read Down)

Train # 2 4 6
Depart Elmira 10:55 12:55 2:55
Arrive Village 11:20 1:20 3:20
Depart Village 11:25 1:25 3:25
Arrive Market 11:40 1:40 3:40

 ELmira tractor rides

A Big thank you to Kitchen Kuttings, Elmeda Weber and her team for bringing an excellent tractor ride between our stop in Elmira and Downtown Elmira! When you get off the train in Elmira they will take you directly downtown, and will take you back to the train stop for your return trip. A big thank you goes also to the Elmira BIA, because of them the tractor ride is FREE! Click on the photos to see the full-size image.

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All Prices plus HST. Equipment and schedule subject to change without notice.

Tots under 2 are free and require no ticket, however is space is limited we ask that you please seat them on your lap.


All Ages Pass $15.99
Family Pass Max. 2 Adults 2 Children $54.99
Tots under 2 FREE


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.