Our Volunteers

Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society (SOLRS)

Waterloo Central Railway depends almost entirely on the voluntary efforts of our society’s members in a wide variety of duties to run successfully. Whether you are male or female, an active senior citizen with time on your hands or a young as 16 with abundant energy, if you can attend regularly, now and then, or just for a week’s holiday, we welcome you at our railway. You’ll meet great new people, learn new skills and widen your experience.

How to Become a SOLRS Volunteer

1. Volunteer Application:

  • Complete the Online Volunteer Application Form or apply at the Waterloo Central Railway office at 50 Isabella Street, St. Jacobs.
  • Submit your completed Application Form to the Waterloo Central Railway office:

Volunteer & Membership Coordinator
SOLRS
50 Isabella Street, PO Box 546
St. Jacobs ON N0B 2N0

2. Interview:

  • Meet with the Volunteer Coordinator and WCR staff to determine your area of interest, understand the associated responsibilities, and ensure you are comfortable in your chosen role.

Volunteer Training

Our Volunteer Handbook introduces you to the our guidelines and policies, to help ensure you carry out your duties as safely as possible, and have fun doing it!

All volunteer positions involve training and mentoring. Most training involves a combination of classroom and on-the-job instruction.

  • Volunteer Orientation Course: Each new volunteer completes this important introductory course.
  • Additional Training: Your area of interest will determine what additional training you will receive, such as Train Passenger Safety, Canadian Railway Operating Rules, and Air Brake Theory.

Volunteer Opportunities

Restoration Work

Volunteers lovingly restore and maintain all our train equipment. Our St. Jacobs Restoration Shop houses various projects throughout the year.

We are always seeking:

  • Electricians
  • Mechanics
  • Painters
  • Plumbers
  • And more…

Train Operation

From conductor to train service host, volunteers staff our excursion trains from end-to-end.

Positions include:

  • Conductor
  • Fireman
  • Engineer
  • On-board Train Service Person
  • And more…

Behind-the-Scenes

Many capable volunteers also work behind-the-scenes to ensure that Waterloo Central Railway runs smoothly.

Activities include:

  • Selling Tickets
  • Coordinating Events
  • Fundraising
  • Bookkeeping
  • Volunteer Training
  • And more…