COVID-19 Update

While great progress has been made in the Province of Ontario, we all are still facing the continuing impacts of COVID-19. The health and safety of you and your family, our crews, volunteers and staff are our number one priority. While we closely monitor the daily government reports on the evolving impact of COVID-19 there is a substantial difference between being legally able to open our operation under Stage 3 in Ontario and being able to do so safely taking into consideration the previously mentioned concerns. To that end, we will not be offering our regular and special passenger services at this time until it is safe to do so.

Upcoming Events

None at this time.

Current Restoration Projects

Coming soon!


The restoration of Steam Locomotive No. 9 started over twenty-five years ago, however the history of this impressive historic steam engine started when it was built, back in 1923 by Montreal Locomotive Works Ltd.

Serial Number: 64276

Builder: Montreal Locomotive Works

Date Built: February 1923

Lineage: Essex Terminal Railway 9 / Ontario Science Centre / Ontario Rail / Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society / St. Thomas Central 9 / Waterloo Central Railway 9

  • Delivered to Essex Terminal Railway, February 1923
  • Retired 1963 and donated to Ontario Government for display in proposed Ontario Science Centre
  • To Ontario Rail Association after Science Centre cancelled planned rail exhibits and dissolved rail collection
  • Leased by ORA to Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society in April 1986
  • Locomotive relocated in July 1986 from storage to Nanticoke, Ont., forintended restoration to operating condition
  • Locomotive relocated in December 1993 from storage in Nanticoke, Ont., to former Michigan Central R.R. shop in St. Thomas, Ont., for restoration to operating condition
  • Rebuild to operating condition completed October 1997, used on excursions on former Canada Southern and short trips in yard
  • Ownership transferred to SOLRS in October 2001
  • SOLRS relocated in 2007 from St. Thomas to St. Jacobs, Ont., and operations on former CN Waterloo Spur between Waterloo and Elmira
  • Locomotive currently undergoing 10-year recertification and reconditioning at St. Jacobs