Workin' on the Railroad

Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society (SOLRS)

The Waterloo Central Railway is operated by the Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society (SOLRS).

Waterloo Central Railway (WCR)


The Waterloo Central Railway is a recreational passenger train that runs on a historic railway branch between the St. Jacobs Market, the Village of St. Jacobs, and the town of Elmira, just outside of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Our Purpose: To preserve and recreate the excitement, romance, and history, of rail travel within our community through fun and educational, hands-on experiences with working steam-powered locomotives.

Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society (SOLRS)

SOLRS is a private, not-for-profit, registered charitable organization managed by a volunteer Board of Directors and operated by Volunteers dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and operation of vintage railway equipment for the education and enjoyment of the public.

Support SOLRS

SOLRS funds its operations and educational programs predominantly through passenger ticket sales, membership fees, and donations. Fundraising and government grants provide additional support for individual projects. We greatly appreciate donations of any size.

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Volunteer for SOLRS

Our operations are administered entirely by more than 100 volunteers, who donate more than 25,000 hours per year to keep the railway operating.

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