We’re always eager to host a special event at our railway. More details about our upcoming and past special events can be seen on the calendar to the right.
The Waterloo Central Railway is a proud part of Waterloo Region. We offer hands-on experience for volunteers and an authentic railway experience for passengers.
Are you an event planner looking for your next locations? Here is a sampling of the types of events that we have hosted in the past:
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.
Our Farmers Market Station is located in the north-east corner of the St. Jacobs Farmers Market property. You may download a PDF to show pedestrian and car routes to this location.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, though to avoid disappointment we recommend you purchase your tickets ahead of time either online or by phone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.