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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.

Our August Ice Cream Social is this Saturday, August 31st!

With summer winding down, it’s time for one more Ice Cream Social!

Ride the Sheescpot Valley Narrow Gauge to our Ice Cream Social at Alna Center station this Saturday, August 31st. Take the 12 noon, 12:25, 1:30, 1:55 or 3 p.m. train from Sheepscot (97 Cross Road, Alna) to get there!

Our Ice Cream Socials feature awesome locally-made Ice Cream from Round Top Ice Cream in Damariscotta and sundae toppings.

While visiting the railway, feel free to bring a picnic, or take a walk on our hiking trails. Your ticket is good for all trains, so feel free to ride on any combination of trains to complete your journey. Visit with us for as long or as short as you want!

Cost includes your train ticket and ice cream: $10 Adults; $9 Seniors, Members, and Military; $5 Children age 4-12; 3 & under free. Tickets are available at Sheepscot station the day of the Social.

In the event of rain, trains will still run at scheduled times; however, the ice cream social will be rescheduled to the next day (Sunday, September 1st) at the same times.

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

Our 2019 “Music on the Railway” Concert Series Concludes this Saturday, August 24th with the Sandy River Ramblers!

Our third and last 2019 “Music on the Railway” concert this Saturday, August 24th features the Sandy River Ramblers. 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, a 2019 inductee the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame, 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 Dan Simons are two of the best pickers in the state, and Julie Davenport, only 22, is a stunningly good lead singer. 14-year-old Reynolds in a vocal prodigy, and the vocal trio of Keach, Davenport and Dana Reynolds has been widely praised. Finn Woodruff, 17, 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 over the past 4 years.

Trains for each concert leave from Sheepscot station, 97 Cross Road, Alna, Maine at 5 p.m. and return at 7:30 p.m. Parking and round-trip train fare are included in the price of the ticket. Tickets, available at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com are $20 for adults and $10 for children 4-12. Sales are limited to 100 tickets per concert, so get your tickets soon.

Thank You, Amherst Railway Society!

WW&F Railway Museum president Dave Buczkowski (left) shakes hands with Amherst Railway Society president Kurt Jellinek August 14th following the presentation of a $1,000 ARS Heritage Grant for our Sheepscot Car Barn Expansion project.  The expanded car barn will become an exhibition space for the Narrow Gauge Railway Collection, a collaboration between the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. and Museum, Maine Locomotive & Machine Works, and the WW&F.  Photo by Gail Buczkowski.

The Amherst Railway Society has presented a $1,000 Heritage Grant to the WW&F Railway Museum to aid in our Sheepscot Car Barn Expansion project now underway.

The expanded car barn will serve as an exhibition space for the Narrow Gauge Railway Collection, a collaboration between Portland’s Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. and Museum, Alna’s Maine Locomotive & Machine Works, and the WW&F.  Aside from exhibition space, the expanded barn will also provide sheltered storage for the Maine Narrow Gauge Core Collection:  Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Parlor Car Rangeley, SR&RL combination car No. 14, Bridgton & Saco River coach No. 16 Mount Pleasant and B&SR caboose No. 32.

Since 1991, the Amherst Railway Society has funded railroad preservation and restoration projects all over the United States. Through 2018, the Amherst Railway Society has donated a total of $794,373 to protect and maintain historical railroad artifacts, including several projects at Maine Narrow Gauge and the WW&F.

Thank you, Amherst Railway Society!