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News, events, and other tidbits about the WW&F Railway Museum

WW&F at the Springfield, MA, Railroad Hobby Show Jan. 28 & 29

We will be participating in the upcoming Railroad Hobby Show January 28th and 29th. The show, sponsored by the Amherst Railway Society, is located at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, Massachusetts. See www.railroadhobbyshow.com for more information about the show.

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, including our 2017 calendar.

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.

We hope to see you there!

Thank you Maine Two-Foot Winter Participants!

Hard to believe it’s all over, but today marked the end of our second and last Maine Two-Foot Winter weekend. We hope everyone who joined us the past two weekends enjoyed the events — we know we did!

It was a lot of work, but in the process we met several new friends and learned quite a bit about winter operations on the Maine two-footers. We’ve already seen several spectacular photos taken the past two weekends!

Special thanks to the Boothbay Railway Village and Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum. Without their involvement, this event would not have taken place. We especially enjoyed working with the MNG steam crew team!

Thank you to all who could join us!

Last call for a Maine Two-Foot Winter!

In partnership with the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum and the Boothbay Railway Village, the WW&F will host a once-in-a-lifetime winter steam event, designed to provide unique photographic opportunities of winter operations typical on the Maine Two-Footers 100 years ago.

See equipment from all five Maine Two-Footers in operation! — Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes No. 6/Kennebec Central No. 4/WW&F No. 9, Monson No. 3 and B&SR coach No. 11, plus other historic equipment!

Our first weekend (Saturday & Sunday, January 14 & 15, 2017) is sold out, but there are a few remaining seats available for Saturday & Sunday, January 21 & 22, 2017.

Price is $400 per weekend session. For further details, please email reservations@wwfry.org or click this link.

Victorian Christmas Saturday, December 17th!

Please join us for Victorian Christmas as we celebrate the Holiday season Saturday, December 17th!

Steam and diesel trains will depart Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna, ME) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to transport Holiday revelers for a visit with Santa and sleigh(*) rides at Alna Center station. Light refreshments will be available.

All train and sleigh(*) rides will be FREE as our way of saying “Thank You” to our Sheepscot Valley neighbors for your generous support this past year!

When you arrive at Sheepscot, please pick up your free train tickets at the small building near the street. You will be told which train to take and the approximate time for the train.

Sleigh(*) rides will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The last train to depart Sheepscot station for a sleigh ride will be at 2 p.m.

(*)In the event of too little snow, horse-drawn wagon rides will be offered instead of sleigh rides.

Happy Holidays!

Join us for Albion Day November 5th!

The first Saturday of November, our Museum volunteers travel north to Albion station to help our friends at the Albion Historical Society maintain the WW&F Railway station and surrounding grounds there. This was the northern-most point of the railroad for many years!

This year, we will be at Albion on November 5th. Members will meet at Sheepscot at 7.30 a.m. for the journey north to 86 Benton Road in Albion. Anticipated activities will include track work, ballasting, brush cutting, and re-railing a derailed car! Lunch will be provided by AHS’ members Phil and Janet Dow.

We hope you can join us!

Join us for Fall Work Weekend October 7th through 10th!

Each year since 1997, volunteers from around the country and overseas travel to the Museum in late April and over the Columbus Day weekend to help work on numerous projects at the Museum.  This fall, we have the following projects planned:

• Shingle Mill spur construction at Top of the Mountain
• Woods track construction at Sheepscot
• Main Line track maintenance
• Telephone work
• Sheepscot Turntable track lead construction
• and several other projects as well!

Steam-powered passenger trains will be operating on Saturday and Sunday. This will be the last weekend of steam-powered trains until our Victorian Christmas celebration December 17th.

Please come help us build and maintain our Museum!

Celebrate Fall on the WW&F September 24th!

Take the train from Sheepscot station Saturday, September 24th, to our annual Fall Festival at Alna Center station!  Activities at Alna Center will include children’s games, a pumpkin patch and pumpkin painting, music featuring Bluegrass Pickin’, light refreshments and more!  Ride our steam train, Model AA truck, Model T rail car and railroad hand car.  Trains will operate on our regular schedule from Sheepscot:  10 and 11 a.m., and 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30 p.m.  We hope you can join us!

Thank You, NNG Conventioneers!

It’s hard to believe, but after many, many months of planning and anticipation, the 36th National Narrow Gauge Convention has come and gone! Based on all reports we heard from both the public and our Museum volunteers who presented clinics, staffed our Museum table, hosted the WW&F bus tour or were otherwise directly involved with convention activities at Augusta, the convention was a great success. Congratulations to the convention organizers for planning and executing this well-run event!

It was a pleasure meeting old and new friends the past nine days. It certainly was a hectic week, but a very enjoyable one as well. We hope the hundreds who visited our Museum had as good a time as we did. Thank you for visiting us and your support!