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Events at, or involving, the Railway Museum

WW&F and Midcoast Conservancy to Celebrate Unique Partnership and Trail Opening!

Join Us for a Fun Fall Hike

On Saturday, October 30, 2021 the WW&F Railway Museum and Midcoast Conservancy will be celebrating their unique partnership with a special run of their popular Ride the Rails to Hike the Trails.

The 11am train departure from Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Road, Alna, Maine) will include a special trip “down the mountain” to Trout Brook Bridge, where a Grand Opening ceremony will take place for the relocated trails through Midcoast Conservancy’s scenic Trout Brook Preserve.

For many years, visitors to Trout Brook Preserve have been able to hike along the WW&F Railway’s right of way. With trains returning to this corridor in 2022, a new “lollypop” loop trail has been built, allowing safe, continued access to the preserve that does not interfere with the railway’s operations.

Following the brief ceremony, visitors will enjoy a guided hike through the preserve, and will return on a later train to Sheepscot.

Get Tickets to Ride the Rails and Hike the Trails!

 

You’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad – Open Volunteer Work Sessions

Join the WW&F Railway’s volunteers on an “open” work session.

We have the following work sessions planned for select Saturdays this Fall.

Please join us for one or all of them!
Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome and needed.

Sept. 18:
Caboose painting day!
Help us prepare caboose 554 for it’s Fall Adventures.

Sept. 25:
Box Car 67 painting day!
Help paint historic B&SR Boxcar 67.

Oct. 9:
Lay Track! RR Spiking Party at Trout Brook.
Also will be laying out ties for the new Engine house.

Oct. 30:
Lay Track! (Part II) RR Spiking Party at Trout Brook.
Also will be laying out ties for the new Engine house.

Nov. 13:
Lay Track! (Part III) RR Spiking Party for Sheepscot Engine house.

Nov. 20:
Lay Track! (Part IV) RR Spiking Party for Sheepscot Engine house.
Finish any remaining tasks.

What to Expect

  • Volunteer shifts begin around 8:30AM at 97 Cross Road, Alna, Maine
  • Wear heeled, fully enclosed above the ankle boots (safety boots are preferable)
  • Wear full legged pants (no shorts, etc.)
  • Tools will be supplied, but feel free to bring ones that you are comfortable working with.
  • Tics and bugs are included at no extra charge. Appropriate repellant (and sunscreen) is recommended.
  • Volunteers will ride the train (or carpool) to the work site, depending on the work being done.
  • Lunch will be available for a modest donation – or pack your own.
  • Work will conclude by 3PM.
  • Younger volunteers are welcome under appropriate adult supervision.

Questions?

Please email us at info@wwfry.org

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Autumn in Alna: A Pumpkin Pickin’ Paradise!

Join us this fall for unforgettable fun on the Sheepscot Narrow Gauge!

We’ve scheduled these great, outdoor, safe experiences this autumn for you and your family to enjoy. (UPDATED!)


Pumpkin Pickin’ Trains to SeaLyon Farm

This is the premiere event in the Sheepscot Valley! Take the train, and a short hayride to SeaLyon Farm where you can pick your own pumpkin, grab a bite to eat, ride horse-drawn wagon, and partake in all the fun festivities.  Get your tickets soon, as we are limiting capacity (to help keep everyone safe) and we expect these trains to sell out well in advance. Please note that pumpkins, food, farm stand goods, horse drawn wagons, etc., are all priced separately by SeaLyon Farm and their vendors.

Dates: Sept. 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, & 23.
Departure Times: 11am; 12, 1, 2, & 3pm.
Duration: 2.5 hours.

And yes, our popular Caboose Adventure (as heard on Maine Public Radio) is available for these dates.

Book your Pumpkin Pickin’ Train tickets.

 


Halloween Train-and-Treat to SeaLyon Farm

A safe trick-or-treat alternative for kids of all ages! Take the train (ride in costume, if you dare), and a short hayride to SeaLyon Farm where all youngsters will receive a trick-or-treat bag filled with surprises. Then, you can pick your own pumpkin, grab a bite to eat, ride horse-drawn wagon, and partake in all the fun festivities.  Get your tickets soon, as we are limiting capacity (to help keep everyone safe) and we expect these trains to sell out well in advance. Please note that other than the trick-or-treat bag, food, farm stand goods, horse drawn wagons, etc., are all priced separately by SeaLyon Farm and their vendors.

Date: Oct. 30th.
Departure Times: 11am & 1pm.
Duration: 2.5 hours.

And yes, our popular Caboose Adventure (as heard on Maine Public Radio) is available for the Halloween Train-and-Treat.

Book your Halloween Train-and-Treat.

 


Sheepscot Valley Steam Train

Looking for a unique autumn adventure? Ride the Sheepscot Valley Steam Train to Top of the Mountain station where you’ll be able to try your hand on the famous WW&F Handcar, go for a short hike, kibitz with the engine crew, or bring a snack/picnic. While the Sheepscot Valley Steam Trains will be running concurrently with the Pumpkin Pickin’ trains, passage on the Sheepscot Valley Steam Train does not include access to SeaLyon Farm via the hayride, etc.

Dates: Sept. 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30th.
Departure Times: 11am; 12, 1*, 2, 3*, & 4pm.
Duration: 1.5 hours.
*Limited schedule (and 50-min trip) on 10/30.

Book a Sheepscot Valley Steam Train.

 


Ride the Rails to Hike the Trails

Join us for a fun fall hike where we’ll be celebrating our unique Midcoast Conservancy partnership with a special trip “down the mountain” to Trout Brook Bridge, where a Grand Opening ceremony will take place for the relocated trails through scenic Trout Brook Preserve. Following the brief ceremony, visitors will enjoy an hour-long guided hike through the preserve.

Date: Oct. 30th.
Departure Time: 11am.
Duration: 2.5 hours.

Come Ride the Rails to Hike the Trails!

Music on the Railway

Take the train to an outdoor concert! We’ve invited some of the best local bands to our brand-new Alna Center Pavilion for evenings of stories and song! Click the link for details on the bands.

Dates: Sept. 4; Oct. 2, & 16.
Departure Time: 4pm.
Duration: 2.5 hours.

Reserve a seat for Music on the Railway.

 


All aboard for Autumn in Alna!

We look forward to seeing you this fall on the Sheepscot Narrow Gauge!

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 4pm and return by 6:30pm.

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!

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!

Past Performances

We missed you at these fantastic concert events!

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.

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.