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Waterloo Central Railway

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Address: 878 Weber Street | St. Jacobs Farmers' Market and Flea Market, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 4A9, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 519-504-0527
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Tue 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Excellent for train buffs

My husband and I took the kids (10 & 12) & had a lot of fun! We did the July 1st steam excursion. A gentleman narrated the tour which was nice. The clicked clack of the rails and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 2, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I took the kids (10 & 12) & had a lot of fun! We did the July 1st steam excursion. A gentleman narrated the tour which was nice. The clicked clack of the rails and the horn only added to the trip! All in all a great fun (approximately) 3 hour run. The train stopped for about... More 

1 Thank SpringfieldGal
Neal M, Director of Sales at Waterloo Central Railway, responded to this review

Thanks for joining us for a trip SpringfieldGal. We're glad that you enjoyed your steam excursion with us. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. More 

Kitchener, Canada
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257 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2015

We rode the train to the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival last year! What fun! It was so cold! The rikkity track was delightful . Everyone was truly having a great experience. The people who so lovingly take care of it are obviously very knowledgeable and as someone with trains in her family background it was a very unique commemoration! Loved... More 

2 Thank Marilyn A
Passau, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2015

We took the railway to get to the Farmer's market and especially the kids loved it! It is old-fashioned and run by volunteers. It is a very slow way to travel, just like in old days. The is the noise of old railways, the steam and it is all very exciting and beautiful.

4 Thank Susi A
Waterloo, Canada
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330 reviews
156 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2014

I heard this train was only going to run for another year because of a lack of funding. We took the trip on a sweltering day this past summer. I thought that it would be much better if the volunteers were more in character. I also found the trip to be expensive and boring. I think young kids would get... More 

3 Thank Love2travelGuelph
Sarnia, Ontario
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2014

We did the Thanksgiving Steam Train ride which was sold out so many people were able to enjoy the ride which went from the Waterloo Station to Elmira and back, with a stop in St.Jacobs for more water plus, and this was the highlite, a stop where you are able to get off the train and watch it flying by... More 

2 Thank OneGypsy
Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2014

The railway runs from Waterloo to the bridge over the Conestogo River in St. Jacobs Village, making one stop at the St. Jacob Market. The tour is narrated, with the conductor describing the sights as you roll down toward St. Jacobs in vintage cars. In the village, you can also tour the shops and admire two steam engines. There is... More 

2 Thank Denis D
Ancaster, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2014

We took a 5 year old and a two year old. The little one is crazy about Thomas and it was a thrill to ride on a train. It's a very short ride but the kids loved it. The train is run by volunteers and they are pleasant and very accommodating about storing strollers. You can get off at the... More 

3 Thank macKay201158
Kitchener, Canada
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180 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2014

My husband and I are well over 50 years old and had never been on a train. So when I saw a Groupon for this train to St. Jacobs, I jumped at the chance. The Waterloo station was small but very nice, with picnic tables outside to wait for the train. The train is an old one, but if there... More 

4 Thank Danewfies
Neal M, Director of Sales at Waterloo Central Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us for a train ride. We are a work-in-progress railway operated by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis. Our volunteers are continually working to improve the railway experience. Thank you for highlighting a few areas that need improvement. We will add them to the list of work to be done in the near future. More 

Fortaleza, CE
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1,049 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2014

Just a train station, without any major attraction. It is not really an touristic attraction or place to go.

1 Thank Fabiano F
Neal M, Director of Sales at Waterloo Central Railway, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting our railway station. From your review it would appear that you did not take a trip on the train itself. We look forward to seeing you in the future when we can take you to visit the St. Jacobs Farmers Market and the Village of St. Jacobs. More 

Ontario, Canada
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116 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2014

Our family along with our grandsons experience the Christmas train ride and we had a blast. There was treats, singing, dancing and of course a personal Santa visit. Be sure to dress warm as the train is without heating and can get very cold. A great way to spend a family Christmas celebration!

2 Thank Coreen D
Neal M, Director of Sales at Waterloo Central Railway, responded to this review

Thanks for joining us last Christmas! We're gearing up for an other busy season of Santa Trains this Christmas season. More 

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