Waterloo Central Railway's

Frequently Asked Questions

While Stage 3 in Ontario permits us to open, an on-going review by the Waterloo Central Railway has determined that our best efforts to maintain satisfactory levels of social distancing and sanitization could not eliminate underlying health risks for our passengers and volunteers. To that end, we will not be offering our regular and special passenger services for the remainder of 2020.

We are 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.  We will also be using this time to focus on our restoration projects, so upon reopening we will be able to bring history to life like never before.

Please remain safe and healthy until we can ride together again.

Waterloo Central Railway runs along the Waterloo Spur between Waterloo, the Village of St. Jacobs and Town of Elmira. You can catch the train at any of the following stations at their scheduled times. 

Waterloo Station:90 Northfield Dr. W. Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 5A6 

St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market Station: 330 Farmer’s Market Road, Waterloo, Ontario, N2J 4G8

St. Jacobs Village Station: 50 Isabella Street, St. Jacobs, Ontario, N0B 2N0

Elmira Station: 155 Howard Avenue, Elmira, Ontario, N3B 2E2

The WCR runs on a regular schedule on most days the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market is open from May to October. After Halloween we offer several holiday-themed train experiences. If you are interested in one of our themed experiences, please see that event’s page for more details.

The train leaves SHARP at its scheduled departure time. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated and no refunds will be issued.

Northfield Drive Station: There is no parking, however this station connects directly with the ION at the Northfield ION Station.

St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market Station: Yes, complimentary parking is located behind Value Village.

St. Jacobs Village Station: Yes, complimentary parking is available at 50 Isabella Street, on the street, or at any nearby public parking lots.

Elmira Station: There is no parking at this station.

There are many things to explore at each of our stops. Please visit our Explore the Area Page to view the attractions at each location.

Our train is enjoyed by thousands of guests of all ages every season. We offer several different experiences that cater to families fun, couples, day trippers, groups and more! We offer something exciting for both local guests and tourists. 

Yes! The Waterloo Central Railway has a station at Northfield Drive in Waterloo that connects to the ION station. We offer FREE TRAIN RIDES from Northfield Drive to the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market. If you wish to ride the train beyond the market, a paid fare is required.

Yes, you may bring your own food and drink aboard. Please tidy your seats and deposit all garbage in the proper receptacles upon departure.

Yes, however for safety purposes all strollers must be collapsed upon boarding and stored appropriately. Onsite staff can assist. Children are not permitted to ride in strollers while on board.

Yes! We have several options for groups wishing to charter our train. Please see our Event Charter Page for more info.

Alcohol is NOT permitted on the train unless it is a private chartered event or themed train experience where all of the proper permits and licensing is submitted.

Due to the historical nature of our railway equipment, our trains are not fully accessible. Narrow steps to access the train as well as narrow aisles make is difficult for wheelchairs to pass through the cars. If a guest is able to take steps we have volunteers that are happy to assist them to their seats and help in any way possible. Our hope in the future is to improve upon our accessibility so everyone can enjoy all the Waterloo Central Railway has to offer.

No smoking is permitted under any circumstances in any vehicle or in any Waterloo Central Railway building. This is for the protection of our equipment, and in accordance with local bylaws and provincial legislation.

Due to seat constrictions and very close quarters in our historical trains we do not recommend that pets be brought onboard. Service animals are welcome; however we ask that they are wearing their appropriate vests/harnesses to indicate that they are a working service animal. 

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