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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!

Our Annual Picnic, Yard Sale & 30th Anniversary Celebration August 10th & 11th!

Join us Saturday & Sunday, August 10th & 11th as we celebrate summer and our 30th birthday with two steam trains, Model T rail car rides, hand car rides, a yard sale, food and live music!

Model T rail car rides will follow behind our regularly scheduled steam trains (subject to rail car availability). Try your hand at a hand car ride in Sheepscot yard!

Shop our large indoor Yard Sale both days. Yard Sale proceeds benefit the WW&F Railway Museum Archives! Our Yard Sale will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Picnic Food will be on sale both days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy live music by Bitter Brew on Saturday!

Explore our shops and car barn.  Learn what restoration projects we have underway, and how we have grown from an empty right-of-way to our current 2.6-mile railway over the last 30 years!

See the Narrow Gauge Railway Collection, a collaboration by the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum and the WW&F. The collection includes recently-arrived Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad Parlor Car Rangeley, the only Maine two-foot gauge Parlor Car ever built, Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Combine No. 14, Bridgton & Saco River Railroad Caboose No. 32, and B&SR Coach No. 16 Mount Pleasant.

Trains will depart Sheepscot Station from 10.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A special photo train will be run at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Please join us on the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge this weekend!

Weekend Steam Trains & Our August Events!

During Saturdays and Sundays in August, we will be operating steam and Model T rail car trains. Steam trains depart Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, 1.30 p.m. and 3 p.m. If crew and our rail car are available, our Model T railcar runs at 10.55 a.m., 12.25 and 1.55 p.m.

Along with our summer steam trains, we have several special events planned in August:

Saturday & Sunday, August 10th & 11th—Our Annual Picnic, Yard Sale and Celebration of Our 30th Anniversary! We’ll be running two steam trains, and the weekend will also feature model T rail car and hand car rides, music by Bitter Brew Saturday, a yard sale, food & fun! Picnic Food on sale both days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please join us to celebrate our Museum’s 30th Birthday! Explore our Yard Sale! Our Yard Sale proceeds benefit our Museum Archives.

Saturday, August 24th, 5 p.m.—Music on the Railway, featuring 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. Tickets are available online at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com. The concert will be held rain or shine under our tent at Alna Center station. Special train fares apply.

Saturday, August 31st—Our August Ice Cream Social. Take any afternoon train to Alna Center station and enjoy an old-fashion ice cream social! The ice cream is free for our tickted passengers. Regular train fare applies. Rain date: Sunday, September 1st.

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 or Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in August to see what projects are underway and watch trains depart and arrive at Sheepscot station. Learn more about the historic Maine two-footers!

Our 2019 “Music on the Railway” Concert Series Continues this Saturday, July 27th with Jud Caswell!

Our second 2019 “Music on the Railway” concert this Saturday, July 27th features Jud Caswell. Maine singer/songwriter Jud Caswell has an eye for detail, drawing inspiration from the land like Mary Oliver, pushing into the specific, unfolding it into the universal. In 2006 he burst onto the national scene, winning the legendary Kerrville New Folk competition. His songs have been taught at Berklee, recorded by Judy Collins, and named “#4 Song of the Decade” by New York’s WFUV. Jud left the road to raise a family and make his music where his roots go deep. With a voice fresh as water over granite and soft as a pine needle bed, he wields his many instruments with the easy deftness of an old woodsman with an axe.

This is the second of our three 2019 “Music on the Railway” concerts that are planned on the fourth Saturday of June, July, and August, featuring some of Maine’s best acoustic musicians. This series takes its inspiration from public concerts that the Railway held during the early twentieth century for people from throughout the Sheepscot Valley. Concert trains leave from the Railway’s Sheepscot station located at 97 Cross Road in Alna at 5 p.m.

The concerts are held rain or shine underneath a large tent surrounded by the beautiful fields of the Albee Farm adjacent to Alna Center station. The Museum’s classic 1930 Ford AA truck serves as the stage. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics along for their enjoyment during the concert. Take out dinners are also available from the Alna General Store for purchase at the concert. (BYOB, but please partake responsibly.)

Closing out our 2019 music series on August 25 is this year’s Maine Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Stan Keach, with The Sandy River Ramblers. The Sandy River Ramblers are one the one of the oldest continually performing Bluegrass bands in Maine, having been established in 1982. The Sandy River Ramblers feature banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and upright bass. Their specialty is original songs about Maine. Their critically-acclaimed album ‘Cry of the Loon and other original songs about Maine’ is, according to Keach, the best selling Bluegrass album in Maine.

Trains for each concert leave from Sheepscot station 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.

Help Us Stuff a Boxcar July 13th & 14th!

Stewart Rhine photo.

This Saturday & Sunday, July 13th & 14th, our Railway needs your help to ‘Stuff a Boxcar’ full of non-perishable food items for local food pantries. Each person who brings non-perishable food items to our Railway will receive a complimentary round trip ticket for use that day. In lieu of non-perishable food, monetary donations will also be accepted.

At the conclusion of ‘Stuff a Boxcar’ donations will be handed off to local food pantries to help them meet their needs. According to Nancy Perry of the Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine, items that are particularly useful include proteins like canned tuna and peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruit, including pasta sauce and diced tomatoes, rice, pasta, oatmeal, and healthy breakfast cereals. Support during the summer season is especially important because donations can fall off outside of the holiday season, putting the food security of some in question during this time of the year.

WW&F Railway Superintendent Jason Lamontagne says one of our Railway’s narrow gauge boxcars can hold 10 tons. That would be enough to feed several families for the entire year. The WW&F’s Visitor Interaction coordinator Steve Piwowarski adds, “This is our first time ‘stuffing a boxcar’ and we are thrilled to be doing it! We hope that people come out in a big way for a fun trip aboard the narrow gauge while doing their part to combat food insecurity in the midcoast region. I don’t know if we’ll fill the boxcar this time, but all donations are both needed and appreciated.”

Both Saturday and Sunday, trains depart from Sheepscot Station at 97 Cross Road in Alna at 10:30 AM, 12 Noon, 1:30 PM and 3 PM. Arrive 10-15 minutes early to load your donations into the boxcar, receive your ticket and board the train. No reservations or advance arrangements are necessary, but you can call ahead at 207-882-4193 with any questions.

Our first 2019 Ice Cream Social is this Saturday, July 6th!

With the summer weather expected this coming weekend, it’s time for ice cream!

Ride the Sheescpot Valley Narrow Gauge to our Ice Cream Social at Alna Center station this Saturday, July 6th. 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 along with a farm stand selling locally-grown produce, old-fashioned games and fun.

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, July 7th) at the same time.

Our August Ice Cream Social will be Saturday, August 31st.

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

Our 2019 “Music on the Railway” Concert Series Starts this Saturday, June 22nd with Darlin’ Corey!

Darlin’ Corey” will be kicking off our 2019 “Music on the Railway” concert series this Saturday evening, June 22nd. The duo, comprised of Matt Shipman and Erica Brown, features a delightful blend of vocal harmonies accompanied by fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitars. From thoughtful original and traditional songs as well as carefully chosen covers, traditional instrumentals from Maine, Canada, Southern Appalachia and Ireland they play a diverse and unique Americana mix of bluegrass, old time and folk.

Check out this video and hear “Darlin’ Corey” for yourself.

This is the first of our three 2019 “Music on the Railway” concerts that are planned on the fourth Saturday of June, July, and August, featuring some of Maine’s best acoustic musicians. This series takes its inspiration from public concerts that the Railway held during the early twentieth century for people from throughout the Sheepscot Valley. Concert trains leave from the Railway’s Sheepscot station located at 97 Cross Road in Alna at 5 p.m.

The concerts are held rain or shine underneath a large tent surrounded by the beautiful fields of the Albee Farm adjacent to Alna Center station. The Museum’s classic 1930 Ford AA truck serves as the stage. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics along for their enjoyment during the concert. Take out dinners are also available from the Alna General Store for pickup prior to the concert. They are just a five minute drive from Sheepscot Station.

Our July 27th concert features Jud Caswell. Maine singer/songwriter Jud Caswell has an eye for detail, drawing inspiration from the land like Mary Oliver, pushing into the specific, unfolding it into the universal. In 2006 he burst onto the national scene, winning the legendary Kerrville New Folk competition. His songs have been taught at Berklee, recorded by Judy Collins, and named “#4 Song of the Decade” by New York’s WFUV. Jud left the road to raise a family and make his music where his roots go deep. With a voice fresh as water over granite and soft as a pine needle bed, he wields his many instruments with the easy deftness of an old woodsman with an axe.

Closing out our music series on August 25 is this year’s Maine Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Stan Keach, with The Sandy River Ramblers. The Sandy River Ramblers are one the one of the oldest continually performing Bluegrass bands in Maine, having been established in 1982. The Sandy River Ramblers feature banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and upright bass. Their specialty is original songs about Maine. Their critically-acclaimed album ‘Cry of the Loon and other original songs about Maine’ is, according to Keach, the best selling Bluegrass album in Maine.

Trains for each concert leave from Sheepscot station 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.