Good day Steel Rail passengers! We can’t believe that Steel Rails is almost upon us. Before you board the train, we have a few housekeeping details.


Gates for Steel Rail Sessions 2013 will be open at 6 pm. Please ensure you bring government issue ID so that you can pick up your boarding pass and ticket.

Steel Rail Sessions leaves Waterloo Central Station at 7 p.m. SHARP – no exceptions. No refunds will be issued if you miss the train, so be on the safe side and get here early.

Food is free of charge on Steel Rails!

Beer, wine and hard liquor will be available for sale on the train and at our stop in St. Jacobs. Drinks are $5 each. Water will also be available free of charge. There are no ATM’s or Credit Card machines on the train, at the station or at our stop in St. Jacobs. There are many banks on King St W however.


Map to Waterloo Central Station

The station is located at 10 Father David Bauer Dr Waterloo, ON N2L 6M3. The station is centrally located, and easy to get to via Grand River Transit and bicycle. We strongly encourage you to choose the green option to get to Steel Rails if possible.

As Steel Rails is a licensed event, we ask that you also take this into consideration when choosing your transportation for the night. If you are driving, there is free overnight parking in Uptown Waterloo.

By GRT from the Charles Street Terminal: Board any 200 iXpress or 7D, 7E or 7C heading towards Conestoga Mall or University of Waterloo. Get off at King and Willis Way (200 iXpress) or King and Erb (7 busses). Walk west on Erb to Father David Bauer Drive. The Station is on the right.

By GRT from Conestoga Mall: Board any 200 iXpress or 7 bus heading towards Charles Street Terminal. Get of at King and Uptown Square (200 iXpress) or King and Erb (7 busses). Walk west on Erb to Father David Bauer Drive. The Station is on the right.

By bicycle: Waterloo Central Station is located at the entrance to the Laurel Trail, and at the end of the bike lanes on Caroline St heading north.

By car: There is limited parking at Waterloo Central Station, as well as parking garage with free overnight parking across from the Uptown Square on King St.


This year’s after party will take place at Chainsaw! We encourage you to get there by 11:30, since we will be having a very special presentation at that time.

Your boarding pass gets you free entry to Chainsaw, as well as a complimentary food. So make sure to hang on to it!


So here’s the big announcement – this year, we are proud to be selling Steel Rails Merch! We hooked up with 4 local graphic designers and had them create limited edition posters for the event. Each 11×17 signed and numbered poster will be for sale at the afterparty for $25. Half the proceeds will go to the artist.


We are going to have a number of photographers on the train documenting everything! If you don’t already like us on Facebook, do so here. Photos from the event will be posted in the weeks after.

In one of our cars, we’re running a very special promotion. If you find the Princess Cinemas poster, get your photo taken with it. Once it goes up on Facebook, you can email it to Princess Cinemas in exchange for a free movie pass!

All night we will be using the hashtag #SteelRails13 – make sure to use it on Twitter, Instagram, Vine and Tumblr.

Welcome aboard Steel Rail Sessions 2013.