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Easter Rides

Steaming Ahead in 2016

Waterloo Central Railway set to kick off service for this season

Waterloo - The early arrival of Easter is getting the Waterloo Central Railway off to an early start in 2016. The 2016 Easter Bunny Train will run three return trips between the St. Jacob’s Market and Elmira on Saturday, March 26 to kick off the popular attraction’s 2016 season. The Easter train will be followed by the ninth annual Elmira Maple Sugar Festival train on Saturday, April 2. Regular service for this year will resume May 7.

“The Waterloo Central Railway is an iconic feature in a historic village,” says Minto Schneider, Chief Executive Officer of Waterloo Tourism. “Sit back and relax, enjoy the idyllic countryside and allow yourself to be transported back to a more simple time.”

Mr. Bunny will be the featured guest on the Easter train, visiting children at their seats while train travels from the St. Jacobs Market to the Village, and will continue visiting with some passengers as the train continues from the Village north to Elmira. The train will run three return trips between the Market and Elmira.

On April 2, a diesel-hauled Waterloo Central Railway locomotive will be making three trips towards maple syrup drenched pancakes, apple fritters and sugar bush rides.

Please visit for schedule, fare information and to buy tickets.

True train enthusiasts can make a full day of it by also visiting the St. Jacobs and Aberfoyle Model Railway, an O scale model with 2,400 feet of track running through an impressive recreation of Southern Ontario in the 1950s. Keep your eyes peeled for some of the unique and funny features in the model, like the man escaping the hotel without paying his bill, and the clever names on some of the businesses, such as the Johann Sebastien Box Co. The model railway will be open April 2nd, 3rd and 30th, May 1st and then every Saturday and Sunday until December.

For more information, please visit, or connect with Waterloo Regional Tourism on social media; Like it on Facebook and follow on Twitter @ExploreWR.

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