Waterloo Central Restore & Re-create

Passenger Trains to take some ``R & R`` over the summer of 2020

Restore History & Re-create The Future

We are in this together and we will overcome this together – stronger than ever before.

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 for the remainder of 2020. We have chosen to use this time as an opportunity for restoration and re-creation, so upon reopening in the future we will be able to bring history to life like never before. We are also working on several ideas for special trains that will be visually available to everyone to view and photograph over the fall and into the Christmas season. Please click below for full details of this notice.

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. 

Restoring Railway History

RESTORATION PROJECTS:

Restoring Three Heritage Locomotives

For the first time ever, our fleet of three diesel locomotives have the same, heritage-oriented image. This project took over a year to complete and hundreds of volunteer hours.

No. 9 Boiler Re-certification

We’re getting steam locomotive ready for its 10 year boiler inspection. Everything on the outside of the boiler needs to be removed in preparation for this extensive inspection.

Exterior Caboose Restoration

Cabooses No. 61 and 482 are in need of some work on their exterior, including a full painting.

Passenger Coach No. 1437 Restoration

This 1923 heritage passenger coach needed some work on it’ roof, ceiling, windows and more.

New Tracks

We’re laying down some more track around our Restoration and Maintenance Facility. This will help us in developing new experiences in the future.

Updated Heritage Station Shelters

We’re re-purposing some of our current shelters. Their design is inspired by traditional “flag stops” found throughout North America and England. They’ll even be painted with traditional Grant Trunk Railway colours reminiscent of the early 1900s.

Help Us Create Exciting Future Experiences!

Recreate:

SUPPORT WCR

As a small, non-profit charity, the closure of our passenger train rides over our peak summer season has dramatically impacted the prospects of our future operation. Proceeds from tickets sales are essential to fund not only our operations, but the maintenance and restoration of our heritage equipment and for the re-creation of exciting future experiences.

We remain hopeful that we will be able to maintain our heritage equipment and be able to invite you back onto our trains again with new experiences. If you are able and wish to donate in support of any of our projects, please visit our donations page to learn how.

We look forward to seeing you again along the rails.

ONLINE STORE

COMING SOON!
We’re working hard to create an online store with exciting and unique train themed items. Stay tuned.