Train Tickets Now Available!

We now have an online ticketing system for our upcoming train rides. Click on the button below to see what options are available.

Current Restoration Projects

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About the Waterloo Central Railway

Rich in History

Waterloo Central Railway is a heritage railway offering historic passenger train rides between Northfield Drive in Waterloo, the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, Village of St. Jacobs and Town of Elmira. We are proudly operated by the Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society (SOLRS), a not-for-profit, registered charitable organization.  All ticket proceeds go toward supporting operations and restoration programs that our volunteers complete at our Restoration and Maintenance Facility in St. Jacobs.

Important Updates

As of  June, 2022

The WCR will continue to follow all legislative and public health measures relating to COVID-19 to keep our volunteers and passengers safe. To date we have followed the Transport Canada domestic rail travel protocols for face masks and vaccinations which have now been lifted. Effective immediately we will no longer require vaccinations and face masks for our passengers. We strongly recommend face masks continue to be worn when travelling with us but that is now entirely up to our passengers. We do require that anyone not feeling well or has tested positive in the last 14 days not travel with us in that period or until a negative test result is received.

Updated: June 20, 2022

TRAIN CANCELLATIONS – JUNE 23, 25 & 26

We thank you and are very appreciative of your considering riding with us for a heritage train experience this coming week however we have run into a problem beyond our control that requires us to cancel all passenger trains scheduled to operate June 23, 25 & 26.

If you have purchased a ticket for any of these days, you will be receiving an email notifying you of the cancellation and complete ticket refund details.

These three days are projected to be significantly hotter than usual which presents certain concerns relating to track conditions. This occurs at 25 C and hotter but when it does, we are left with no choice but to cancel our trains. We are working to correct this situation and hope to have a resolution in the near future which will allow us to return to our regular schedule without concerns relating to temperature.

Unfortunately, we are at the mercy of long-range forecasts and must suspend service and cancel trains with only a few days’ notice depending on the weather reports for the week.

We sincerely regret this inconvenience and hope you will consider travelling with us again.

Learn About Our Equipment and Ongoing Projects

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Train Rides

Our trains are back! Please take a look at our Coach and First Class train schedules.

Equipment roster and gallery

Details and photographs of our historic locomotives and railway equipment

Restoration Projects

Check out the ongoing restoration and maintenance projects being undertaken by our volunteers

For the Train Aficionado

Newsletters & Updates

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