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Music on the Railway: 2021 Concert Series on the WW&F

Take the Narrow Gauge Music Express!

Board your train at Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) for a steam-powered ride through the wild pine forests, farmlands and hamlets of the Sheepscot Valley to Alna Center where music and fun awaits.

We’ve invited four of the regions best-loved entertainers for evenings filled with stories and song. Pack a picnic dinner, or order one in advance from Treats! After the music concludes and as the sunlight fades, the train will return you back to Sheepscot.

Ticket price includes the steam train ride, concert admission (general seating on benches, or bring your own chair) as well as parking at Sheepscot. Note that passengers requiring extra assistance may have difficulty navigating the platforms and stairs at Alna Center. Well-behaved dogs are allowed at the discretion of the Conductor.

Trains for Music on the Railway depart Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) promptly at 5pm and return by 7:30pm.

Music on the Railway concerts are held rain or shine under the WW&F’s unique pavilion nestled in the trees at Alna Center.

We look forward to seeing you on the narrow gauge!

Aug 21: Pejepscot Station

Pejepscot StationBased in the village of Pejepscot (in Topsham, ME), Pejepscot Station has performed throughout southern Maine since forming in 2011. Their repertoire is a mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass, Americana, and some “bluegrassified” favorites thrown in. Wide vocal harmonies and an informal and relaxed stage presence make for an enjoyable and fun show appropriate for all.

Sept 4: OldHat String Band

OldHat String BandOldHat Stringband is based out of Eliot, Maine. Fusing tight vocal harmonies with a lively rhythm section, OldHat creates a sound that draws from bluegrass, old time, folk, and country traditions. Whitney Roy’s (Guitar, Vocals) lilting vocals provide the backbone of OldHat’s vocal blend, while her solid rhythm guitar anchors the bands rhythm section. Steve Roy (Mandolin, Fiddle, Vocals) is one of New England’s premier multi-instrumentalists, and has performed and toured with many of the acoustic world’s top acts. Amanda Kowalski (Bass) is one of the more sought after bass players in the worlds of bluegrass and old time music, and her rhythmic drive and energy on stage are second to none.

Oct 2: Sandy River Ramblers

Sandy River RamblersThe Sandy River Ramblers are the second oldest Bluegrass band in Maine, having been established in 1982. Original members still in the band are Stan Keach and Bud Godsoe. Liz Keach, an original member, is semi-retired from music, but still subs for other members when needed. Keach is the most widely recorded Bluegrass songwriter in Maine ever, having had many of his original songs recorded by big-name Bluegrassers, including James King, Audie Blaylock, Special Consensus, Danny Paisley, and many others. Godsoe and Simons are two of the best pickers in the state, and Davenport is a stunningly good lead singer. Reynolds is a vocal prodigy, and the vocal trio of Keach, Davenport and Reynolds has been widely praised. Woodruff is already a fine young fiddler. The Ramblers’ specialty is original songs about Maine. Their CD, Cry of the Loon and other original songs about Maine, has been critically acclaimed and has been, Keach believes, the best selling Bluegrass CD in Maine for many years.

Oct 16: Gelina Family Band

Gelina Family BandThe Gelina Family Band features some of Maine’s finest musicians and vocalists with a front man that is a prolific songwriter and they bring together a repertoire filled with traditional and original bluegrass and old-time country songs. Brian is a member of the Maine Country Music Hall Of Fame and all members are Award-Winning singers, songwriters and musicians. Whether it be bluegrass or country they have pleased audiences of all ages. As someone once said “they play every note they feel and feel every note they play”, as it ought to be.

Treat Yourself to a Picnic Dinner

We’ve invited Treats from Wiscasset to provide an optional boxed picnic dinner; or bring your own! Music on the Railway events are BYOB, though bottled water is provided with all pre-purchased boxed picnics.

Please note that for preparation purposes, reservations for boxed picnic dinners end two days prior to train departure.

Caboose Adventure

Rent the Music on the Railway caboose for the exclusive use of your whole family (or small group) of up to 15 people. Cost is $225, which includes admission to the concert for everyone in your group. (And yes, you may ride in the cupola, if you so wish.)

Passes, Vouchers and Discounts

We will be pleased to honor passes and vouchers for the base portion of the fare of this special event. Please email info@wwfry.org to reserve a spot on the train using a Lifetime WW&F Pass, an Annual Pass, a Victorian Christmas 2019 Voucher, or similar pass.

Reserve your seat for Music on the Railway!

Head Tide Church Open in July & August

On your way to or from the WW&F, consider stopping in at the historic Head Tide Church. The church is just off Head Tide Road (connecting Routes 218 and 194) in Alna and will be open during July and August on Saturdays (and Sundays) from 2 to 4 p.m. The Head Tide Church Committee warmly welcomes everyone to stop by. Volunteers will be on hand to greet visitors and answer questions.

Known for its simple beauty and pastoral setting atop a hill overlooking the Sheepscot River and WW&F Railway grade, the historic Head Tide Church has been the subject of a number of famous artists, prominent among them Marsden Hartley, and Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. The church was dedicated on Nov. 21, 1838 when Head Tide was a bustling village supported by mills at the dam, agriculture and apple orchards, boat building, fishing and forestry.

As Head Tide grew in population, village leaders determined to build their own Congregational church so they would not have to travel the three miles to the 1789 Meeting House in Alna Center. They funded it by subscribing, or “buying,” family pews. Although the Head Tide Church differs in many respects from the “Old Meeting House,” the trompe l’oeil window behind the pulpit evokes the velvet-curtained window behind the pulpit in the Meeting House on Route 218.

For a while the church – and the community – flourished. But post Civil War urbanization and industrialization brought changes to all of New England, including Head Tide. Population decreases led to the closing of the church in the 1880s. A group was assembled in the early 20th century to rescue the building from deterioration. In 1914, the cast-iron kerosene lamp chandelier was hung in the center of the unusual barrel-vaulted ceiling, six columns of the original front façade were replaced with simple carved pilasters, and the steeple with its rare Paul Revere bell was strengthened.

While the 1940s saw decline in church use, in 1955 a new group stepped in to address many years of neglect. They secured title and assumed responsibility for upkeep. Then in 1962, lightning struck the bell and set fire to the front façade, including the steeple, and half of the roof. The Paul Revere bell crashed to the ground in pieces. Once again, the community rolled up its sleeves and provided labor and funding to rebuild the church and steeple and to acquire a new bell.

Although the church has not had an active year-round congregation for many years, it still serves Midcoast Maine as a unique venue for weddings, memorial services, lectures and musical events. The Friends of the Head Tide Church raise funds and volunteer hundreds of hours to keep this “jewel on the hill” in good condition, and we welcome visitors from across the country and around the globe with pleasure each year.

For more information please email Headtidechurch@gmail.com

Steaming towards Summer!

 

We’re Steaming towards Summer with lots of exciting experiences this Spring – Come visit!

Check out our calendar of Spring adventures below and find your perfect trip aboard the WW&F. Visit www.wwfry.org/tickets for tickets and more information about our Springtime services.

See you soon on the Sheepscot Narrow Gauge!

May 8:

  • You’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad: Level the Mountain – 8:30AM (full day volunteer experience) – www.wwfry.org/volunteer

May 15:

  • You’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad: Level the Mountain – 8:30AM (full day volunteer experience) – www.wwfry.org/volunteer

May 22:

  • You’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad: Tie and Dine
    8:30AM (full day volunteer experience) –
    www.wwfry.org/volunteer

June 5:

  • You’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad: Level the Mountain – 8:30AM (full day volunteer experience) – www.wwfry.org/volunteer

June 12:

June 19 – Father’s Day Weekend:

  • Handcar Hop: A Wiscasset Workout! – 9AM
  • Sheepscot Valley Steam Train – 11AM, 1PM, 3PM, 5PM
  • Pig Roast Express to SeaLyon Farm – 11AM, 3PM
    www.wwfry.org/tickets

Photo Event Announced: Steaming Together: Arrivals and Departures

The Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum, and Maine Locomotive & Machine Works are pleased to announce “Steaming Together: Arrivals and Departures” a photo event on July 31st with all 3 operating 2ft steam locomotives pulling authentic trains on the WW&F.

If demand warrants, a second date will be added on Sunday 8/1/2021.

Get your tickets and view the full event details at
https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/wwfry/items/303338/?full-items=yes&flow=420374

We also do plan on running all 3 locomotives together at the WW&F Annual Picnic (8/7/2021) for those not interested in an all day photo event.

These will be the last events at WW&F before 7 heads back to Portland for the busy fall and Christmas season.

Book online now!

A Springtime EGGstravaganza!

Tickets are now on sale for the WW&F’s Springtime Eggspress with SeaLyon Farm!

Ride the WW&F Railway from Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Road, Alna) to Alna Center Station where our friends from SeaLyon Farm will have a great Easter egg hunt, farmstand, food and more!

The entire experience will take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. During your 60 minute layover at Alna Center you can…

  • Hunt for Easter eggs! (on 3 fields, divided by age birth-3, 4-6, and 7+.)
  • Shop for farm goods at the SeaLyon Farm stand (with jam, salsa, lavender products and baked goods.)
  • Enjoy a kielbasa, sausage, burger, pulled pork, or other delicacy from the Grandpa’s Kitchen Food Truck.
  • Play games (Tic tac toe tables, table Checkers, and Cornhole.)
  • Take a short hike around the grounds or relax by the bonfire.

Ticket price includes a historic steam train ride to and from Alna Center, an age-appropriate egg hunt, and parking at Sheepscot. Please bring your own baskets for the egg hunt. Refreshments, and other farm products are sold separately by SeaLyon Farm and their partners. Note that due to the nature of this event, wheelchairs can not be safely accommodated.

Trains depart Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) promptly at 10:30a, 11:45a, 1:00p, and 2:15p and will arrive back at 11:00a, 12:15p, 2:55p and 4:00p, respectively. Note that the railroad cars are not heated, so please dress accordingly.

Portable toilets and handwashing stations are available at Alna Center; Full restroom facilities are available at Sheepscot Station.

We look forward to seeing you on the narrow gauge!

Book online now!

Steam, Sleighs and Winter Adventures!

We’ve added new dates for our popular “Steam and Sleighs to SeaLyon Farm” and “Winter Caboose Adventure“.

Join us for some steamy fun in the snow on January 30th, February 6th, and February 13th. (February 20th may be added, if conditions allow.)

Come celebrate winter on the Sheepscot Narrow Gauge!

Check the links above for all the details, and to see how we are keeping everyone “safe” during this season.

Winter 2021 Trains Announced

We are pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for two fantastic (and “safe”) events for winter, 2021!

Steam and Sleighs to SeaLyon Farm marries our steam train with a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the farms and fields of scenic Alna, Maine.

Or have a Winter Caboose Adventure with exclusive access to the “little red caboose” at the end of the steam train.

All trains will be primarily sold in groups of 8-10 people – so that everyone can enjoy themselves and not be seated in close proximity with others on the train, sleigh, etc. (Each group receives their own sleigh ride.)

We look forward to seeing you aboard a steamy winter adventure on the Sheepscot narrow gauge!

This Saturday 11/21/2020: Sandy River Surprise! – A One-Time Only Recreation of a SR&RL Train!

Ride and Photograph “SR&RL #6” pulling two “red” coaches (2 & 4) from the Phillips & Rangeley RR

Duration & Times
1 hour; 11am & 1pm departures.
a 3pm departure may be added if demand warrants

About The Experience
In collaboration with Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co & Museum and Maine Locomotive & Machine Works, we are pleased to announce a special “surprise” one-day-only train featuring an all Sandy River consist. WW&F locomotive #9 will be backdated to its appearance as Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes locomotive #6. Phillips and Rangeley combine 2 and coach 4 – recently restored to their “red” livery will be on the train.

This consist has not been together since 1924, and will not be possible again (soon.)

The trip will run from Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) to Top of the Mountain and return. Runbys are planned at Alna Center for photographers who wish to ride the train.

Fundraiser for the Narrow Gauge Collection
This event will serve as a fundraiser for the Narrow Gauge Railway Collection – now on display at the WW&F’s campus. Specifically, money raised is earmarked for signage and displays to be built in the Car Barn Exhibit Hall.

All ticket sales ($25 each) will be MATCHED by Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co & Museum to provide an outstanding display area that illustrates the big story of Maine’s unique little trains.

Book online now!

We Regret to Announce our 2020 Fall Work Weekend is Cancelled

 

 

Dear Members and Friends of the WW&F:

Every Work Weekend at the WW&F is like a family reunion to all of us. Folks come from near and far, to celebrate, laugh, reminisce, dine, and hang out together – all while accomplishing the various work that needs to be done on our beloved railroad. Like any great family gathering, we are comfortable and open with each other – while working (sweating) and playing in close proximity. It is a joyous occasion that we all look forward to.

Our bi-annual Work Weekends are not unlike a wedding that occurred in Millinocket just a few weeks ago – a celebratory gathering of family and friends who all came to an isolated Maine resort to share a joyous occasion. As you may have heard, this has since turned to sorrow, as seven people have now died from the Coronavirus spread amongst those who gathered that day.

In light of that incident, it is with deep regret that the WW&F Board of Directors decided that in the best interest of all of us, the Fall 2020 Work Weekend is cancelled.

Various options were considered, including “socially distant” crews working on isolated tasks – much like what occurs now amongst the handful of volunteers that congregate on regular workdays. However, with the date of the Fall Work Weekend fast approaching, coupled with limited travel and lodging options, it was determined that such a plan would be impossible to develop and execute in the coming weeks. Moreover, public train service is scheduled on Saturday of the Work Weekend – and the possibility of foreign work crews intermingling with passengers (who are limited in number and must adhere to our COVID-19 safety policy) produces too high of a risk that our joyous event could also turn tragic.

For Spring 2021 – should precautions still be necessary – advance sign ups for specific dates and crews may be required. All participants will be required to adhere to any state-issued mandates regarding mask use, travel restrictions, lodging, quarantining, and the like. It is also probable that lodging in the attic of the Percival House, on-site camping, etc., will be tightly regulated. Meal preparation and distribution (arguably one of the highlights of the weekend) will have to be rethought. Finally, there will be no public train service during the Spring 2021 Work Weekend.

Until the Millinocket spreader event occured, it had been our intent to hold the Fall Work Weekend in some way, shape, or form. We apologize for the last minute notice; our intent is to joyously welcome all of us back to Sheepscot in 2021.

On a similar note, the WW&F Board of Directors have also cancelled the 2020 Victorian Christmas; look for revamped Christmas-themed trains and gatherings in 2021. Likewise, the WW&F has opted out of participating in the January 2021 Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield, Mass. While we are saddened that we will not be able to see our friends at these events, we look forward to the day that we can gather together once more.

Sincerely,

David J. Buczkowski, President
On behalf of the WW&F Board of Directors and leadership team.