In addition to the regular Friday/Saturday work days, the WW&F holds three special work weekends and additional Friday sessions each year. The Winter work weekend is the Saturday through Monday ending on President's Day in February. The Spring work weekend is the weekend of the last Saturday in April, and encompasses Friday through Sunday. Summer work Fridays are in July and August. The Fall work weekend is the Friday through Monday ending in Columbus Day, in October.
You do not have to be a museum member to participate on a work week/weekend. All ages and abilities are welcome - there is always something to do.
Details on what's planned for each work weekend are posted on our website and on our forum a few weeks before the event. Typically the Fall work weekend is used to help expand our museum -- such as building new track or other construction projects. During the Winter weekend, we clear trees and other debris from future construction sites along the old railroad right-of-way or on the museum grounds in Sheepscot. We usually use the Spring work weekend for maintenance work, preparing the railroad for the coming summer season. The focus of the Summer work Fridays is to maintain the current right-of-way. On any work weekend, other jobs and tasks are completed depending on crew availability and the needs of the railroad.
Work usually begins early in the morning, between 7 and 8 AM, although people arrive at all times throughout the day. The Museum supplies its volunteers with lunch and supper during the Spring and Fall work weekends. The work usually ends each day between 5 and 6 PM.
The Winter work weekend will be Saturday - Monday, February 15 - 17.
The Spring work weekend will be Friday - Sunday, April 25 - 27.
The Summer work Fridays will be July 11 - August 29.
The Fall work weekend will be Friday - Monday, October 10 - 13.
Here are some descriptions of recent work weekends: Fall 2013 and Spring 2013.
Our members and friends have also posted some videos of recent work weekends. Please take a look. The videos will give an idea of typical work weekend activities, although the list of projects changes every year!
If you can't get enough of helping the WW&F, we also invite you to come by any Saturday. There are always plenty of ways to volunteer.