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Visit Us During Steam and Sleighs January 25th and 26th!

Photo courtesy of Matthew Malkiewicz.
Copyright Matthew Malkiewicz/Lost Tracks of Time.

Experience an unforgettable day at the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway during Steam and Sleighs.

Ride our steam-powered Sheepscot Valley Winter Service trains and enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh (or wagon) ride, visit to a farm, back country cross country skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking, and more at our station stops along your journey.

The train will take you to our Top of the Mountain station where you can enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh (or wagon) to bring you to SeaLyon Farm.  The farm will have a plethora of goodies available for perusal and purchase.

Tickets include train fare, sleigh/wagon rides, hot beverages & access to skiing, hiking, and snowshoeing trails.  SeaLyon Farm items will be available for purchase.

Regular train fares apply: $10.00 adults; $9.00 60+, museum members, and military (active and veteran); $5.00 children 4-12; and Free children up to age 3.

Any advance tickets that may remain will be available for sale the day of the event.

Trains leave from Sheepscot station (97 Cross Rd., Alna) at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, and 1:30 p.m. to Top of the Mountain station and return.  A final 3 p.m. train will pick up our guests; visitors are welcome to take that train as a round-trip ride.

At Top of the Mountain, detrain for horse-drawn sleigh rides for a trip to SeaLyon Farm, self-guided snowshoeing, backcountry X/C, hiking and to explore the work the railway is undertaking on the mountain extension, a .75 mile extension of the railway to a new station adjacent to Midcoast Conservancy‘s beautiful Trout Brook Preserve.

For your convenience, a heated railcar and attendant will be on hand to help direct you at Top of the Mountain.  There are no facilities at this remote location (outside of those offered at SeaLyon Farm.)  Allocate 90 minutes of layover time to ride the sleigh, visit the farm, and enjoy the outdoor activities.

Trains depart Top of the Mountain for the return back to Sheepscot Station at 11 a.m., and 12:30, 2:00 and 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are valid for round trip passage to and from Sheepscot station and include access to all of the day’s activities. Should you desire a longer layover at Top of the Mountain, you may return on any subsequent train.  Last return trip departs Top of the Mountain at 3.30 p.m.  Please order tickets in advance.

Steam and Sleighs will be held snow or shine.  In the event of hazardous driving conditions, the event will be canceled (announced via Facebook and email) with tickets refunded.  Come dressed prepared for the weather.  If you care to engage in outdoor activities, please bring your own skis, snowshoes, or outdoor gear.

Please arrive 15 minutes in advance of your train’s departure time to ensure a relaxed and pleasant experience.

If you can’t visit January 25th or 26th, Steam and Sleighs will also be held February 15th and 16th.

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

 

 

See Us at the Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield, MA, January 25th & 26th!

Our Museum tables were quite busy during the 2019 show!

Come visit our Museum tables at the upcoming Railroad Hobby Show January 25th and 26th.  The show, sponsored by the Amherst Railway Society, is held at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Please see railroadhobbyshow.com for more information about the show.

This event is one of the largest railroad hobby shows in the United States.  Proceeds from the show are used by the Amherst Railway Society to promote interest in railroads, including donations to rail museums, historical societies, restoration projects and scholarship funds.  Over the years, the ARS has generously donated to restoration efforts by our Museum.

Our sales table will be in the Young Building, section 78, near the “Heroes and Legends” cafe—in the area popularly known as “narrow gauge corner.”  Many items available in our gift shop will be available at the show!

Maine Narrow Gauge’s Monson No. 3 at Alna Center during our 2019 Annual Picnic last August.  Stewart Rhine photo.

A highlight of this year’s show will be Maine Narrow Gauge’s Monson No. 3 operating outside on 100 feet of track.  Monson No. 3 spent this past season on the WW&F in Sheepscot and operated during several of our special events in 2019.  The appearance of No. 3 at the show is the result of the combined efforts of MNG, Maine Locomotive & Machine, and the WW&F.

We hope you can visit us at West Springfield January 25th & 26th!

Join Us for “Steam and Sleighs” in January and February!

Photo courtesy of Matthew Malkiewicz.
Copyright Matthew Malkiewicz/Lost Tracks of Time.

Experience an unforgettable day at the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway during our “Steam and Sleighs” events this winter!

Ride our Railway’s steam-powered Sheepscot Valley Winter Service trains and enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh (or wagon) ride, backcountry cross country skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking, and more at our station stops along your journey.

Trains will leave from Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Road in Alna) and make stops at Alna Center and Top of Mountain Stations.

At Alna Center, detrain for horse-drawn sleigh rides and cross country skiing along with hot beverages prepared on the station’s potbelly stove. Outside, warm your hands around the bonfire and participate in a variety of demonstrations. In addition to the heated station, a portable toilet will be stationed here.

At Top of Mountain detrain for snowshoeing, backcountry X/C, hiking and to explore the work the railway is undertaking on our Mountain Extension, a ¾-mile extension of the railway to a new station adjacent to Midcoast Conservancy’s Trout Brook Preserve. For your convenience, a heated caboose and attendant will be on hand to help direct you. There are no additional facilities at this remote location.

“Steam and Sleighs” will be held Saturdays & Sundays, January 25th & 26th and February 15th & 16th, 2020.

Trains will leave Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Road in Alna) at 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, and 1:30 p.m. An additional 3:00 p.m. train from Sheepscot will pick up hikers, skiers and snowshoers. Visitors are welcome for a train ride only at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are valid for round trip passage to and from Sheepscot Station all day and include access to all of the day’s activities. You may return on any train you wish to or break your journey at any station and resume it on a later train. Steam and Sleighs will be held Snow or Shine. In the event of inclement and hazardous weather, the event will be canceled and tickets will be refunded. Come dressed prepared for the weather. If you care to engage in outdoor activities, please bring your own skis, snowshoes, or outdoor gear.

Please arrive 15 minutes in advance of your train’s departure time to ensure a relaxed and pleasant experience.

Advance tickets can be purchased on line here. To reserve your spot and avoid unnecessary waiting advance tickets are encouraged, but not required. Tickets will also be available the day of the event at Sheepscot.

We hope to see you on the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge!  Happy New Year!

2019 Victorian Christmas Trains Are Sold Out

Due to high demand, we regret to announce that all 2019 Victorian Christmas trains are now sold out.

Over two weekends in January and February, we will be running ‘Steam and Sleighs’ trains and invite you to join us at the WW&F during that time. Tickets and additional information for Steam and Sleighs can be found at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com.

We invite you to visit us throughout the 2020 operating season (weekends May through October) and for special events, such as Easter Eggspress, Mother’s Day Tea, evening talks, Alna Day, evening concerts, Ice Cream Socials, Annual Picnic, Pumpkin Picking Trains, Christmas Tree Trains (in late 2020) and more. Stay posted here at wwfry.org and on our Facebook page for our latest event offerings.

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

Victorian Christmas December 14th Ticket Reservations Open at 8 a.m. on November 3rd!

No. 9 with a southbound Victorian Christmas train. Photo courtesy of Doug Boudrow.

Visit the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway and help us welcome St. Nicholas (Santa Claus)! Depart from Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) where you can enjoy hot chocolate, cider, snacks and exhibits before boarding the train. At Alna Center Station warm yourself around the bonfire and enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh or wagon ride before visiting with the man in red himself! Sing carols on the train! Join us in celebrating and spreading Christmas spirit! Best of all, the visit is free!

Online ticket reservations begin at 8 a.m. November 3rd! Please only reserve the number of tickets tickets you will use. Online tickets are your best way to ensure an experience with limited wait times when you arrive. You must check in at the ticket office 30 minutes before your trains departure time (or your space on the train may be given to another party).

Victorian Christmas will be held December 14th unless unsafe weather conditions result in rescheduling the event for December 21st. If the event is rescheduled, announcements will be made via social media and news outlets. Ticket reservations from from the 14th will be honored at the same time on December 21st.

Parts of Victorian Christmas are outdoors and unheated. Please dress accordingly!

More Pumpkin Trains this Saturday, October 19th!

Due to the popularity of last weekend’s trains to SeaLyon Farm, we’ve added another day of steamy pumpkin pickin’ fun!

Pumpkin steam trains will leave Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Road, Alna) for Top of Mountain Station at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon and 1.30 p.m., where passengers can either board a hay ride or take a 1/2-mile walk to the pumpkin patch at SeaLyon Farm. At SeaLyon Farm, visitors will be able to go into the patch and pick their very own pumpkin(s) to take home and participate in other fun activities. Pumpkins are individually priced by weight and can be purchased by cash or card at SeaLyon Farm after you pick. Board any hay ride with your pumpkin in hand for your return trip to Sheepscot. You can either sit with your pumpkin on the train, or if it is very large, have it tagged and put aboard a freight car to pick up when the train arrives at Sheepscot. The entire adventure will take 1.5 to 2 hours depending on how quickly you pick your pumpkins.

Regular train fare applies. Train tickets are only available online at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com. Pumpkins and other farm products will be sold separately by SeaLyon Farm.

We look forward to seeing you on the narrow gauge!

It’s Here! Our 2019 Fall Work Weekend October 11-14

Help make history on the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington by lending a hand during our 2019 Fall Work Weekend!

This year we’ll be laying track-lots of it. Our Railway is planning to lay just over 2,000 feet of track on the Mountain over the course of the weekend. Help is needed on spiking crews, and all manner of track laying and other tasks. There will be a myriad of tasks for every level of ability and fitness so don’t be shy about coming out and joining the fun!

There’s also need for help in the kitchen preparing wonderful meals to feed the work crews along with lots of other smaller projects which will be tackled as time and labor allows.

Of course, visitors are welcome to just stop by and see the progress underway!

Meals will be provided for volunteers each day by our skilled and dedicated kitchen crew: Friday-lunch & dinner; Saturday & Sunday-breakfast, lunch & dinner; and Monday-breakfast & lunch.

We hope to see you on the narrow gauge!

 

 

Ride our Pumpkin Trains October 12th & 13th!

On October 12th and 13th, take the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge to SeaLyon Farm, LLC for an unforgettable pumpkin picking experience with your family and friends.

Pumpkin trains will leave Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Road, Alna) for Top of Mountain Station at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon and 1.30 p.m., where passengers can either board a hay ride or take a 1/2-mile walk to the pumpkin patch at SeaLyon Farm.  At SeaLyon Farm, visitors will be able to go into the patch and pick their very own pumpkin(s) to take home and participate in other fun activities. Pumpkins are individually priced by weight and can be purchased by cash or card at SeaLyon Farm after you pick.  Board any hay ride with your pumpkin in hand for your return trip to Sheepscot. You can either sit with your pumpkin on the train, or if it is very large, have it tagged and put aboard a freight car to pick up when the train arrives at Sheepscot. The entire adventure will take 1.5 to 2 hours depending on how quickly you pick your pumpkins.

Regular train fare applies. Train tickets are only available online at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com.  Pumpkins and other farm products will be sold separately by SeaLyon Farm.

We look forward to seeing you on the narrow gauge!

Saturday Steam Trains & Our October Events!

During Saturdays in October, our steam trains depart Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, and 1.30 p.m. We’ll also have 3 p.m. trains on the 5th, 12th and 13th.

Along with our fall steam trains, we have several special events planned this month:

Saturday & Sunday, October 12th & 13th—Pumpkin Trains! Ride our steam train to Top of the Mountain, where you can can either board a hay ride or take a short walk to SeaLyon Farm. At the farm, you can explore their pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkin(s) to purchase and take home, as well as participate in other fun activities. Train rides to, farm visit and return train trip will take about 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

Pumpkin Trains depart Sheepscot at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon and 1.30 p.m. Regular train fare applies. Advance purchase is required at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com. Pumpkins and other farm products will be available for purchase at SeaLyon Farm, cash and credit accepted.

Friday through Monday, October 11th through 14th—Fall Work Weekend! Join us as we make history on the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge during our 2019 Fall Work Weekend. Our volunteers will build 2,000+ feet of new track down the Mountain and across Trout Brook toward Route 218. Join members and friends from around the country as we complete our 3-4 mile railway extension which will open in 2021.

Saturday, October 19th—Ride the Rails to Hike the Trails! Join the Midcoast Conservancy to ride our noon steam train from Sheepscot to Top of the Mountain, where hikers will detrain for a 1 hour +/- hike through the Conservancy’s Trout Brook Preserve. Take the 2 p.m. train back and return to Sheepscot at 2:15 p.m. Regular train fares apply.

There’s a lot to experience on the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge in October!

Celebrate Fall on the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge September 28th!

Celebrate Fall with a day of games, fun, and happenings at our annual Fall Festival!

Board the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge at Sheepscot Station at 97 Cross Rd, Alna and travel up the line to Alna Center station, where there will be face painting, pumpkin decorating, hay rides in the back of a Model AA truck, bluegrass music, games and fun for the whole family!

Regular train fares apply. Trains depart Sheepscot at 10:30 a.m., 10:55, 12 noon, 12:25 p.m., 1:30, 1:55 and 3:00.