About Us

Train boarding
Boarding the train in Uxbridge

Our Mandate

The York-Durham Heritage Railway Association is a nonprofit organization operated by volunteers. Our mandate is to preserve and promote the heritage of Canadian railways of South-Central Ontario, as well as to:

  • Purchase, preserve and operate railway equipment from the mid-1900’s
  • Offer a unique tourist train experience on our heritage coaches, including on-board entertainment, snack bar and souvenir stand.
  • Establish and maintain a museum of railway memorabilia
  • Promote rail heritage education

Our Train Trips

Experience nature at its best, while travelling over the Oak Ridges Moraine, a unique geological feature less than one hour northeast of Toronto.

Ride in a heritage coach from the 1950’s. Check out our popular doors-open baggage car. Our regular trains operate on most Sundays from June through to the end of October, travelling the Uxbridge-Stouffville corridor with Saturday trains for Celebrating Fall, Halloween and Santa Trains.

Our train is equipped with a wheelchair accessible washroom, snack bar, and souvenir stand. The Heritage Train is not wheelchair accessible at the Stouffville station, however, trips beginning and ending in Uxbridge do allow for wheelchair accessibility to the train. See Accessibility for more details.

We’re Family Friendly!

Clowns, balloon animals, and musicians are on-board for the kids to interact and sing along with.

Historical photo of Goodwood crossing
Goodwood crossing

Brief History

The current Stouffville-Uxbridge line was built in the 1860’s by William Gooderham, a well-known distiller from Toronto, to carry grain to his distillery as well as lumber for export and cordwood for resale. The line transferred ownership numerous times. Public service began on July 1st, 1871 as far as Uxbridge. In later years the line was extended as far north as Haliburton and east to Belleville.

In 1920 the line was transferred to the Government of Canada and became part of the Canadian National Railway. Over the years sections of the line were decommissioned. By 1996, the York-Durham Heritage Railway reopened the line between Uxbridge and Stouffville to offer heritage train rides to the public. More…

Our Equipment

Currently, we own a number of 1950’s diesel locomotives. Our early to mid 1950’s refurbished passenger coaches are heated and air-conditioned. Check out our popular doors open Baggage Car, Caboose, and a variety of other rolling stock. More…

Restoration and maintenance of our equipment, as well as track repairs, are ongoing and costly endeavours. If you’d like to make a contribution to Canadian heritage, click the Donate button.

Map of rail line
Rail line map

Interested in supporting the Railway?

  • Volunteer your time.
  • Donate to a part of Canadian Heritage. Tax receipts available at your request.
  • In Kind Donations – This can include anything from locomotive parts and railway ties in good condition, to special event items such as food and drinks. Tax receipts available at your request. (Email us at ydhr@ydhr.ca)
  • Donate railway artifacts for our museum. (Email us at ydhr@ydhr.ca)

To Donate, click on the button below