Take a train ride back in time with South Simcoe Railway. You can enjoy a wonderful trip through the Beeton Creek Valley on this historic train – Ontario’s first steam heritage railway.
The volunteer-run Railway has a number of diesel and steam coaches that date back to the 1920s. These include engine #1057 (built-in 1912), engine #22 (built-in 1960) and the two most commonly used coaches: engine #703 and #136.
Engine #703 is a diesel-electric locomotive that was built in 1948, and engine #136 is a steam locomotive that was built in 1883. These engines aren’t the only thing that is vintage, the rails are also a century old and used to connect Hamilton with Barrie and Collingwood.
Your journey will begin in downtown Tottenham, at the station on Mill Street and the entire trip takes an hour. The views are spectacular throughout the beautiful countryside.
The conductor and the staff will give an overview of the railway lines, the train and how the railways have contributed to making Canada what it is today.
Train tours are usually available from Victoria Day Weekend to Mid October and also during Easter, Halloween and Christmas Season.
Fall is a wonderful time to visit the Beeton Creek Valley. You can enjoy the bright and fiery colours of fall in the countryside.
For this year, they are also planning Haunted Halloween Adventure excursions in October and Santa Claus Express Excursions in November and December.
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In 2021, scenic excursions begin on September 5th. Tickets will be available on Monday, August 23, 2021. All reservations have to be made in advance.
The South Simcoe Railway will begin its Fall Color excursions from October 2nd to 17th. Since the valley is very popular during this time of the year, you should make reservations in advance. Tickets for Fall tours will be available starting September 7th.
Tickets for the scenic excursion for adults cost $15 and for seniors (65 and above) cost $12. Tickets for kids between ages 3 and 15 cost $9.
Excursions depart from the station on 28 Mill St W, Tottenham, Town of New Tecumseth.
There is no parking available on the station grounds, but free parking is available at nearby lots.
Tottenham is located ~ 1 hour from downtown Toronto, 90 minutes from Kitchener and 45 minutes from Barrie.