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World War 1 Remembered May 25th & 26th!

Please join the 103rd Regiment Living History and the WW&F Railway May 25th and 26th as we remember the end of the Great War a century ago during

End of the Track
The 103rd Regiment Returns Home to Maine.

After leaving the state of Maine in August 1917, and serving in France of over a year in the Great War, the men of Maine returned home in May 1919. From here they would have to readjust to the life of a civilian.

On Saturday & Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, come help the 103rd Regiment Living History and the Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum commemorate this event,

Come see the military encampment as the soldiers practice military exercises at Alna Center. Also see how the home front was affected by the war.

Steam trains will depart our Museum grounds at Sheepscot (97 Cross Road, Alna, Maine) between 10.30 a.m. and 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.  Our guests are welcome to get off the train at Alna Center and tour the 103rd Regiment Living History’s camp, before getting aboard any later train to Top of Mountain and return, or boarding a train directly back to Sheepscot.  Regular train fares apply.

Moonlight Extra Train Celebrating Narrow Gauge Railroading May 18th!

Do you feel as though you are often confronted with too many choices in life? Happen to be building a railroad? You’re going to be faced with many choices, not the least of which is the choice of gauge (the distance between the rails). Do you wonder about the so-called ‘standard’ gauge and whether it is really always the right choice when building a railway?

Come to a presentation at the Alna Center Station on Saturday, May 18th to learn more. Attendees can reach the event from a train departing Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Road, Alna) at 6:30 PM. Following the presentation, the train will return to Sheepscot at 8:30PM

Learn first-hand why 2-foot narrow gauge railways, like the ones built by the sensible people in the state of Maine, could be the right choice for your community. WW&F Railway Superintendent Jason Lamontagne will explain just how such a narrow gauge railway can enhance transportation, commerce and culture while doing so with an economy of cost and ease of construction, both things a ‘standard’ gauge railway could not match.

At Alna Center there will be a bonfire and bean supper available at the event for $8.00, including hot dogs, salads, and drinks. Proceeds will benefit the continued reconstruction of the railway.

Event tickets are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 4-12 and free for children birth-3. Event tickets are available at the railway prior to 6:30PM or online. Advance tickets (available at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com) are recommended, but not required. We cannot guarantee space on the train without an advance ticket.

Arrive 30 minutes prior to departure to ensure a relaxed boarding experience.

For more information visit www.wwfry.org or call 207-882-4193

~Event is weather permitting~ In the case of foul weather ticket holders will be informed and tickets will be refunded.

Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day Tea Saturday, May 11th!

Ride aboard reserved cars on our noon train to a special English-style Mother’s Day tea at our Alna Center Station. The tea will feature locally-sourced cakes, scones, and sandwiches, plus tea and coffee. Moms will receive a special Springtime gift to bring home along with special treats when they board the train at Sheepscot. We’re looking forward to making this a special day for the whole family and moms in particular.

Please arrive by 11:45 a.m. to ensure a relaxed boarding experience. Tickets for the Mother’s Day Tea all-inclusive. They include tea service at Alna Center (accessed on the noon train), along with access to the other train at 10:30 and the Museum. After tea, ride the northbound train to Top of Mountain and return to Sheepscot at 2:15. All trains leave from Sheepscot Station at 97 Cross Road in Alna.

This event is weather dependent and, in the event of foul weather, an announcement will be made and emailed regarding the cancellation of the event. The full ticket price will be refunded.

Advance purchase of tickets at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com is required for this event. Tickets will be on sale through Thursday, May 9th. Tickets are non-transferable (except by a Railway representative) and refundable up until May 9th.

We hope Mom can join us May 11th!

Saturday Steam Trains & Our May Events!

During Saturdays in May, we will be operating steam and Model T rail car trains under our spring train schedule. Steam trains depart Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon and 1.30 p.m. If crew and our rail car are available, our Model T railcar will run at 10.55 a.m., 12.25 and 1.55 p.m.

Along with our steam train service, we have several special events planned this month:

Saturday, May 4th, 2 p.m.—Our Annual Meeting. Stop by the historic Alna Meeting House and hear about our Museum’s progress this past year, our current state, and plans for the future!

Saturday, May 11th, 11.45 a.m.—Mother’s Day Tea. Ride aboard reserved cars on our noon train to a special English-style Mother’s Day tea at our Alna Center station. The tea will feature locally-sourced cakes, scones, and sandwiches, plus tea and coffee. Moms will receive a special Springtime gift to bring home along with special treats when they board the train at Sheepscot. We’re looking forward to making this a special day for the whole family and moms in particular. Advanced purchase is required at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com. In the event inclement weather requires cancellation of the event, full refunds will be provided.

Saturday, May 18th, 6.15 p.m.—Full Moon Train. Board a 6.30 p.m. steam train from Sheepscot to Alna Center station. At Alna Center, sit by a bonfire, watching the sunset and a presentation on narrow gauge railroading by WW&F Railway Superintendent Jason Lamontagne. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase on site. After sunset the train will depart Alna Center amidst the warm glow of oil lamps for a unique steam train ride through the darkness back to Sheepscot. Regular fares apply ($10.00 adults/$5.00 children 12 & under/Free children 3 & under). Advance purchase tickets at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com are recommended, but not required. However, we cannot guarantee space on the train without an advance ticket. Tickets are refundable up until 24 hours in advance.

Saturday & Sunday, May 25th & 26th—WW1 Remembered. Maine’s 103rd Regiment Living History commemorates the end of the Great War 100 years ago with “End of the Track — Maine’s 103rd Regiment Returns Home.” Travel via the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge to meet the troops at Alna Center station in 1919. See the 103rd’s encampment as the soldiers practice military exercises and learn how the home front was affected by the war 100 years ago. Trains depart Sheepscot at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, 1.30 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Memorial Day weekend. Regular train fare applies.

While there is a charge to ride our trains (except during Victorian Christmas), a visit to our Museum grounds is always free! Stop by any Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in May to see what projects are underway and watch trains depart and arrive at Sheepscot station. Learn more about the historic Maine two-footers!

Join Us for Our Spring Work Weekend April 26th through 28th!

Since 1997, scores of volunteers from across the country and overseas have traveled to our Museum in late April and over Columbus Day weekend to work on now countless projects. This spring, we have several projects planned:

• Our big project! Ballasting, lifting, lining and tamping the 1420+ feet of main line track built by our volunteers on the Mountain Extension last fall! This work will keep us on track to open our Mountain Extension in 2021.
• Clearing trees at Alna Center in preparation for our new pavilion.
• Ditching for conduit and drainage between the garage and restroom buildings in Sheepscot.
• Prepping for concrete forms for the utility drop building at Sheepscot.
• Boarding the remaining interior Sheepscot shop building walls that have been insulated over the winter and early spring.
• Organization and clean up of our Sheepscot machine shop.
• Train crew rules review Saturday evening.
• and other projects are likely as well!

Of course, visitors are welcome to just watch & see how the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge is maintained and grows!

Work will start at 7 a.m. and end around 5 p.m. each day (or a bit earlier Sunday). Delicious lunches (all three days) and dinners (Friday – Saturday) will be provided by our Museum.

If you can’t join us in person, you can follow weekend progress in our Spring Work Weekend 2019 and Mountain Extension forum threads.

We hope to see you April 26th through 28th!

WW&F Railway presentation at the Lincoln Home April 22nd!

All aboard at the Lincoln Home for a presentation on the history and current restoration progress of the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway on Monday, April 22, at 3 p.m. The presentation includes a slide show and a selection of artifacts for display, followed by a brief question and answer session.

The Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington was one of Maine’s five narrow gauge railways. It extended from Wiscasset northward to Albion. The Railway was built in 1894 and closed in 1933. Today the Railway, under the auspices of the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum, is being reconstructed by dedicated volunteers.

The Lincoln Home is located at 22 River Road, Newcastle. For more information, contact Rhonda Hanna, 563-3350, or rhonda@lincoln-home.org

Last Call for the Easter Eggspress April 20th!

Let’s celebrate Easter on the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge this Saturday, April 20th! Ride one of our Easter Eggspress trains from Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna, Maine) to Alna Center station where an Easter egg hunt awaits!

Trains will depart Sheepscot from 10.50 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Our Alna Center Easter egg hunt will be broken into three age groups (0-3 years, 4-6, 7 and up). Bags for collecting eggs will be provided by our museum, so you don’t need to bring your own.

Advanced ticket purchases at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com are discounted and strongly recommended to guarantee seating on a particular train.

Advance ticket prices are:
• $10.00 for adults;
• $5.00 for children ages 4 and up;
• Free for children ages 3 and under.

Tickets purchased April 20th at Sheepscot for available trains will be:
• $15.00 for adults;
• $10.00 for children ages 4 and up;
• Free for children ages 3 and under.

We hope you can join us on the Easter Eggspress!

Midcoast Conservancy’s Earth Day Trail Work, Train Ride and Hike at Trout Brook April 19th!

Join the Midcoast Conservancy aboard the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway April 19th for a day of service and fun.  Conservancy volunteers will clean up the trailhead, take a train ride, and hike at Trout Brook Preserve in Alna, Maine.

9:30 – 11 a.m.: Trout Brook Trailhead cleanup: For those who want to give back a little extra in the spirit of Earth Day, we will be picking up trash and freshening up the trail and surrounding trailhead before the hike!

11:30 a.m.: Gather at the WW&F Railway’s Sheepscot station at 97 Cross Rd in Alna.

12 noon: The train departs Sheepscot Station.

Please bring a bag lunch if you plan on attending both the service and fun sections of the day.

The second half of the event will run from 12 noon to 3 p.m.  The train will leave the WW&F’s Sheepscot station at noon, so please arrive early – come check out the museum and train yard.  The WW&F Railway’s steam train will venture through the woods to Top of Mountain station.

After debarking the train, we will hike just over 2.5 miles on terrain that is of easy to moderate difficulty. Come along for the beautiful views of Trout Brook!

Running Late? Not a problem: you can meet us there. Hikers will arrive at Trout Brook Preserve Trailhead around 12:45.

Join us for a fun day in the woods and celebrate the wonderful earth we live on!

If you have any questions email landmcc@midcoastconservancy.org or call 207-389-5163.

 

Spring is Here! Our April Activities!

Many of the 100+ volunteers who traveled to our Museum’s 2018 Columbus Day Work Weekend to work on our Mountain Extension as well as other projects.  During our Spring Work Weekend Friday to Sunday, April 26th to 28th, we will be ballasting, lifting, lining and tamping the 1420+ feet of new track built last fall, plus working on other projects!  Susan Hackett photo. 

Spring has arrived in the Sheepscot Valley! During the first two Saturdays of April (6th and 13th), our volunteers will be finishing  preparations for a busy 2019 season. You can follow our progress in our forum’s April 2019 Work Reports thread.

On Friday, April 19th, we will be partnering with the Midcoast Conservancy to celebrate Earth Day. In the morning, the Conservancy will lead a clean up of the Trout Brook Trailhead. At 11.30 a.m., friends and volunteers will gather at our Museum in Sheepscot for a 12 noon steam train ride to Top of Mountain. After debarking the train, our riders will hike just over 2.5 miles on terrain that is of easy to moderate difficulty. Come along for the beautiful views of Trout Brook!

Our annual Easter Eggspress will run the next day, Saturday, April 20th. Steam trains will depart Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road) from 10.50 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. for Easter egg hunts at Alna Center. Tickets and further information can be found at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com.

We end the month with our annual Spring Work Weekend Friday through Sunday, April 26th through 28th. Our main project this spring will be the ballasting, lifting, lining and tamping the 1420+ feet of track built last fall on our Mountain Extension. We’ll also be working on a number of other smaller projects so our Museum will be ready for the 2019 season!

Join Us on the Easter Eggspress Saturday, April 20th!

Let’s celebrate Easter on the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge! Ride one of our Easter Eggspress trains from Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna, Maine) to Alna Center station where an Easter egg hunt awaits!

Trains will depart Sheepscot from 10.50 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Our Alna Center Easter egg hunt will be broken into three age groups (0-3 years, 4-6, 7 and up). Bags for collecting eggs will be provided by our museum, so you don’t need to bring your own.

Advanced ticket purchases at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com are discounted and strongly recommended to guarantee seating on a particular train.

Advance ticket prices are:
• $10.00 for adults;
• $5.00 for children ages 4 and up;
• Free for children ages 3 and under.

Tickets purchased April 20th at Sheepscot for available trains will be:
• $15.00 for adults;
• $10.00 for children ages 4 and up;
• Free for children ages 3 and under.

We hope you can join us on the Easter Eggspress!