Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society


Business Number: 139322267RR0001

Our Mission

The Society is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and operation of steam locomotives and other vintage railway equipment for the education and enjoyment of the public, while presenting our cultural heritage in a new and more meaningful light.

Our motto says it all! “Bringing History to Life!"

The principal way that we bring history to life is through the operation of the Waterloo Central Railway in Waterloo Region between the City of Waterloo and Village of St. Jacobs. In 2014 we underwent a significant change in our operation as we cede part of our railway right-of-way to make way for the Region's Light Rail Transit project.

Current fundraising efforts will support the ongoing repair and restoration of our a railway equipment, as well as the construction of our new station in the St. Jacobs Farmers Market District.

About Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society

The Society was formed in 1986 to preserve, restore and operate steam locomotives for public education and heritage preservation.

Our volunteers maintain and operate a fleet of heritage railway equipment including Essex Terminal Railway Steam Locomotive Number 9, built in 1923. Number 9 is one of the few operational steam engines in Canada. The society also has two other steam engines under restoration and a variety of vintage railway equipment.

To support their restoration work the Society formed the Waterloo Central Railway which operates between Waterloo, the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market and the Village of St. Jacobs, Ontario with vintage railcars and diesel locomotive. Essex Terminal Railway steam engine Number 9 makes excursions throughout the year.

Volunteers and friends of the society undertake the restoration and repair of its equipment on site in St. Jacobs.

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