A new location for the historic steam tourist trains of SOLRS was needed when the pending abandonment of the former CASO main line through St.Thomas would isolate the ECRM where SOLRS was located trapping their equipment.
An ideal location, albeit with lesser railway history
but one with a far greater tourism attendance (800,000 plus annual attendance)
centered on St.Jacobs known for its area farmers market and antique
mall. The area is also known for its Mennonite and Amish populations
dating from the late 18th century with portions of the population still
adhering to beliefs
SOLRS began operating train trips out of the former Waterloo-St.Jacobs
replica station in Waterloo to St.Jacobs Farmers Market using diesel
power. Grand Opening was held
July 21, 2007. Operations quickly ramped up in 2008 and beyond. Failure
of the short-lived (July 12, 1997 - 2000) Waterloo-St.Jacobs diesel-powered
tourist train cleared the way for
Gallery of Walter Pfefferle
Moving right along!
6593 had been used to pull above train northward now returning "light engine".
1556 nicely painted in old CNR colour scheme with a number unused by
6593 enroute to Waterloo from National Research Council, Uplands.
A pair of mighty big cranes! Unloading 6593 in Kitchener.
WCR 15000 converted to coach 64 seats.
WCR 15000 beautifully repainted in full CNR paint scheme. St.Jacobs September 3, 2008
Built 1923 CC&F as CN 1570 Jellicoe 12 section, 1 drawing
1556 switching train with caboose 482 (ex CN 79482 acq. 10/2007) modified
with passenger seating
Here is the train marshalled with engine backing up now proceeding northbound past Waterloo Park.
VIA (ex CN) coaches 3216 (snack bar) acq. 9/2001; also 5504, 5622 acq. 7/2002. .
Interior view of either 3216 or 5504. Note: 5622 never put into service.
CP Midway 1437 acq. 4/2000 by SOLRS. (ex NMS&T Midway,
nee CP 1437) CC&F/CPR 12/1923
Coach 1437 interior.
57636 work service car nee CNR 8759 baggage car. This car was used at both Nanticoke and St.Thomas as a tool car.
37 (ex STCR 37 acq. 2002, ex OS 37, nee CSTX 37) Canada Starch. Built:
Burro Crane BC-2 acq. 1987 (ex CN 50485 ex CR, ex PC nee NYC 3055).
BC2 with boom raised. Relocated 2018 by private owner to ECRM St.Thomas.
STCR 361 (ex PSTR 361, ex CN 53179, nee CN 56728.) Air dump. NSC 3/1958
Note: Identical air dump 362 also on roster.
THB 3709, 3722 (ex PSTR 301, 202) 40 foot box cars NSC 5/1953.
L-TEC 18 acq. 3/2009 (ex ESAB Welding, ex L-TEC, nee Electro-Metallurgical
8, Niagara Falls, NY.)
Grand opening of the brand new 5700 sq.ft. 62' x 95' shop in St.Jacobs. April 7, 2011
SOLRS 124 acq. 7/2002. CLC #1867 3/1930. Inside shop during grand opening.
Note: 2020 sold to private owner in USA restoration never having been completed.
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