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!
Based 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.
OldHat 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.
The 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.
The 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!