Bringing History to Life!

Waterloo Central Railway

As we all face the continuing impacts of COVID-19, the concern for the health and safety of you and your family, our crews, volunteers and staff are our number one priority.  We have made the difficult decision not to run our regular passenger services during the months of July and August this year. We have chosen to use this time to focus on our restoration projects, so upon reopening we will be able to bring history to life like never before. Please continue to enjoy our frequent updates on these projects, online fun and behind-the-scenes happenings on our social media pages and if you wish to help support our projects during this difficult time, please visit our donations page to learn how. 

We hope you and your families remain safe and healthy. 

When Waterloo Central Railway resumes operations, you’ll experience a heritage passenger train ride that runs between Northfield Drive in Waterloo, the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, Village of St. Jacobs and Town of Elmira. We offer exciting experiences for family fun, a girls day out, or something unique to do as a couple or with a group of friends.

You’ll travel in heritage passenger coaches pulled behind either steam or diesel locomotives. Themed train events include but are not limited to THE POLAR EXPRESS™, Great Train Robbery, Santa and Christmas Trains, Trick or Treat Train, The Sugar Bush Breakfast Tour, Waterloo Country Mennonite Farm Tours and more!

We are proudly operated by the Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society (SOLRS), a not-for-profit, registered charitable organization. We are operated by a very talented team of volunteers who are dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and operation of heritage railway equipment. All ticket proceeds go towards supporting restoration programs that are ultimately used for the education and enjoyment of our guests.

Please note that all passenger train rides in July and August are cancelled.

Featured Train Experiences

Historic Steam Locomotive No. 9

Steam Excursions!

Experience history as you ride behind the historic steam locomotive No. 9, the only operating steam locomotive in Ontario and only one in Canada that’s east of Winnipeg!

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