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Events at, or involving, the Railway Museum

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.

Tickets Are Now on Sale for Our Reopening in August!

Tickets are now on sale for all of our train services later this summer!  Detailed descriptions for these special events can be found at the “Book Now” link on the top right of this page or at the links listed below.

The safety of our guests and volunteers are paramount to our reopening.  All guests are directed to please read our WW&F COVID-19 Pandemic Safety Plan before visiting our Railway at 97 Cross Road in Alna, Maine.

Here are a few highlights of our planned events in August and September:

The first public trains since 1933 to Milepost 8 August 7th and 8th!  These evening trains will traverse our Mountain Extension to the foot of Trout Brook Bridge.  This fundraising excursion will also include a photo run-by and a pie and lemonade celebration at Alna Center.

Learn more and book your special tickets for a Milepost 8 Excursion at https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/wwfry/items/244380/calendar/2020/07/?full-items=yes

Our Annual Picnic Saturday, August 8th will celebrate a great step in the preservation of Maine’s two-foot gauge railroad equipment with the opening of the Maine Narrow Gauge Collection in the newly completed Car Barn Extension. There will be antique auto rides, 2 locomotives in steam, food available (for pre-purchase), guided tours, and more!

Learn more, order your picnic lunch, and book your Annual Picnic tickets at: https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/wwfry/items/244377/calendar/2020/07/?full-items=yes

Handcar Hops at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturdays August 22nd, September 5th and September 19th.  This is an opportunity for 2 to 4 guests to take handcar ride out on our mainline with a WW&F brakeman.  After some brief safety and operation training, you will set out on a 90-minute adventure via a pump car used by railway workers maintaining this line in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Learn more and book your Handcar Hop at: https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/wwfry/items/244381/calendar/2020/07/?full-items=yes

Ice Cream Eggspress 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays August 22nd, September 5th and September 19th.  What do you get when you combine Ice Cream and Eggs?  Frozen Custard? No—The Ice Cream Eggspress!  We’ll have locally-made, award-winning Round Top Ice Cream on hand, along with an egg hunt for children who missed out on our usual Easter Eggspress trains this year.

Learn more and buy your tickets on the Ice Cream Eggspress at: https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/wwfry/items/245517/calendar/2020/07/?full-items=yes

Evening Picnic Special 5 p.m. Saturdays August 22nd, September 5th and September 19th.  Bring your own or order a boxed picnic made by Treats in Wiscasset.  BYOB and enjoy the beautiful fields around Alna Center station as the day winds down.

Learn more, book tickets and order a ready-to-go boxed dinner if you’d like for your Evening Picnic at: https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/wwfry/items/245523/calendar/2020/07/?full-items=yes

Campfire Trains 7 p.m. Saturdays August 22nd, September 5th and September 19th.    Enjoy a talk by a local author, music, stories, stargazing, or the magic of taking a lamp-lit train listening to the sounds of a steam train working through the night’s darkness.

Each train will have a special theme:

We hope to see you soon on the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge!

CANCELLED: Our 2020 Easter Eggspress

We wish to inform everyone that due to concerns over large group gatherings in relation to COVID-19, the WW&F is cancelling this year’s Easter Eggspress planned for April 11th. We are following Maine CDC’s recommendations in relation to the Coronavirus, out of an abundance of caution for our community. Thanks for your understanding.

A Reminder! Member, Family and Friends Activities During Spring Work Weekend April 24th – 27th!

UPDATE: IN RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, THESE SPECIAL ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.

A reminder that the Wiscasset Woods Lodge, members John and Chris Kokas, and partners have lined up plans for several extra-curricula family activities during our Spring Work Weekend.  These events are open to everyone and do not require attendance at our Work Weekend or a stay at the Wiscasset Woods Lodge.

The deadlines for reservations are approaching March 27th and April 1st!  All Aboard!

Thanks to Saundra and Eric Neperud, owners of the Wiscasset Woods Lodge, and John and Chris Kokas, there will be several great opportunities for members, families and friends to experience Midcoast Maine during our Spring Work Weekend in late April.  A detailed itinerary , organized by the Wiscasset Woods Lodge, can be found on their website.

Activities planned by the Lodge include:

Friday, April 24th, 5 p.m.:  A Cooking Class with Chef Meghan—Homemade Ravioli.  Meghan Olcott, owner of Wiscasset’s Creamed Baking Company, will lead the class.  Cost $25 per person.  8 to 12 guests.  Reservations and deposits deadline April 1st.

Saturday, April 25th, 10 a.m.:  Midcoast Maine Wine Tour.  Visit five Midcoast Maine stops, including two wineries and a meadery during this day-long adventure, courtesy of Maine Winery Tours.  Cost $165 per person if 9 or less participate; otherwise $135 per person up to 12 people.  Reservations and deposits deadline March 27th.

Sunday, April 26th, 9.30 a.m.:  Walking Tour of Wiscasset and Castle Tucker.  2020 marks the 200th anniversary of the Maine’s statehood.  To commemorate, the day will start with a walking tour of downtown Wiscasset by the Red Cloak Lady, followed by a stop for warm drinks and pastries, and then a visit to historic Castle Tucker.  Sunday’s tour is designed to end in the early afternoon for folks who have travel plans to return home.  Cost $40 per person.  6 to 15 guests.  Reservations and deposits deadline April 10th.

Monday, April 27th, 10 a.m.:  Midcoast Maine Beer TourThe Maine Brew Bus will take participants to three breweries in Brunswick and West Bath, followed by a visit to Reid State Park (weather permitting).  Cost $150 per person if 10 to 23 participate; $115 per person if 24 participate.  Reservations and deposits deadline March 27th.

To reserve your space for these four events please call (207) 882-7137 or email Stay@Wiscassetwoods.com.

In addition to these weekend activities, the Wiscasset Woods Lodge is offering 10% off lodging for our Museum volunteers staying two nights or more during the Spring Work Weekend.  To get your discount simply type “WWF” into the promocode section just below where you choose the dates for your stay on the Lodge’s website, or call (207) 882-7137.

Our thanks to Saundra, Eric, Chris and John for organizing these great events!

Season Passes Now Available for our 2020 Music on the Railway Concert Series!

The Wiscasset, Waterville, & Farmington Railway is excited to announce our 3rd Annual MUSIC ON THE RAILWAY concert series!  This year will feature four concerts Saturdays in late June through September on our grounds by Alna Center station.

Now through March 31st, you can purchase a season pass at the discounted price of four concerts for the price of three!  Tickets for individual concerts (on sale April 1st) will be $16.  Our season pass (on sale through March 31st) is $48!

Our 2020 Saturday concerts will feature:

June 20th: Rough Sawn
Back by popular demand, Rough Sawn (Facebook) is a local string band composed of farmers and carpenters–true salt of the earth people. They are renowned for their excellent covers of classic country, bluegrass, folk and Western swing as well as timeless originals. They’ve played local farmers markets, breweries, and other events. Their four-part harmonies are not something you’re going to want to miss. You can find Rough Sawn on Facebook.

July 25th: Pejepscot Station
Pejepscot Station (website, Facebook) is a high-energy bluegrass band comprised of veteran musicians hailing from the Midcoast Maine area, featuring Jim McLaughlin on mandolin, guitar and fiddle, Stephen “Satch” Hatch on guitar, Cherie “Peachblossom” Howard on bass, Russ Donahue on mandolin and guitar, and Ren Bernier on banjo. Vocals are shared by all. Based in the village of Pejepscot (in Topsham, ME), the band has been performing throughout southern Maine since forming in 2011. Their repertoire is a mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass, Americana, and some “bluegrassified” favorites thrown in. Broad vocal harmonies and an informal and relaxed stage presence make for an enjoyable and fun show appropriate for all.

August 22nd: Fremont Street String Band
Fremont Street String Band (website, Facebook and Spotify) is a 5-piece Down East Maine bluegrass band. Formed in the storybook town of Machias, this band personifies the daring spirit and raw boldness of Maine’s rocky shores and the intriguing muses of Maine’s dense forests. They push the boundaries of musical convention, innovating and reinvigorating classic tunes, without sacrificing the heart and guts of America’s musical heritage. Their original songs are about Maine, love, life, and everything that matters. Engaging and energetic, this band breathes life into its audiences and leaves them feeling more alive and closer to their wild roots.

September 26th: OldHat Duo
OldHat (website and Facebook) is an acoustic string band based out of Eliot, Maine. Fusing tight vocal harmonies with a lively string band rhythm section, OldHat’s sound draws from bluegrass, old time, folk, and country traditions. The band is comprised of Whitney Roy (Guitar, Vocals) and Steve Roy (Mandolin, Fiddle, Vocals).  Whitney Roy’s lilting vocals provide the backbone of OldHat’s vocal blend, while her solid rhythm guitar anchors the bands rhythm section.  Steve Roy is one of New England’s premier multi-instrumentalists, and has performed and toured with many of the acoustic world’s top acts.

Our concert trains depart our Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) at 4.30 p.m. sharp.  Please arrive early to ensure a relaxed experience.  Music at Alna Center under our pavilion is from 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Train fare and parking at Sheepscot are included in the ticket price. Feel free to bring a blanket.  Information on food and beverage options will be available in the coming weeks.

Details on our 2020 Music on the Railway concert series can be found at http://wwfry.eventbrite.com.