Category Archives: General Museum News

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

Ice Cream July 8th!

It’s summer, so it’s time for ice cream!

Weather permitting, we will be holding our July Ice Cream Social this Saturday, July 8th. Take any train from our Museum grounds at Sheepscot between noon and 3 p.m. and receive an ice cream when you arrive at Alna Center! While at Alna Center, enjoy kite flying and old-fashioned lawn games.

Regular fare applies on all trains.

If you can’t attend our event this weekend, we will be holding our August Ice Cream Social on Saturday, August 26th.

If weather does not cooperate on Saturday, our July Ice Cream Social will be held the next day — Sunday, July 9th.

A Steamy Summer!

Now that July’s here, we will be running steam trains every Saturday and Sunday July 1st through Labor Day weekend. Steam trains depart our Museum grounds at Sheepscot at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, and 1.30 and 3 p.m., while diesel trains or Model T railcar depart Sheepscot at 10.55 a.m., and 12.25 and 1.55 p.m., weather, equipment and crew permitting.

Enjoy a summertime excursion through the Maine woods in the Sheepscot valley!

Steam Father’s Day weekend!

Let’s celebrate Father’s Day weekend with narrow gauge steam trains!

On Saturday & Sunday, June 17th & 18th, steam trains will depart our Museum grounds (97 Cross Road, Alna) at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, 1.30 and 3 p.m. for a 50-minute five-mile round trip ride. Our Model T railcar or diesel train will depart our Museum grounds at 10.55 a.m., 12.25 and 1.55 p.m., crew and equipment permitting.

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 4 p.m. now through Columbus Day weekend to see what projects are underway and watch trains depart and arrive at Sheepscot station. Learn more about the Maine two-footers!

Summertime Trains!

With the arrival of Memorial Day, we are now running trains on a summertime schedule, with trains on Saturdays and Sundays! During June, Diesel trains depart Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, 1.30 and 3 p.m. If crew and our railcar are available, our Model T railcar will run at 10.55 a.m., 12.25 and 1.55 p.m.

On Father’s Day weekend (June 17th and 18th), we will be running steam trains! Our railcar or diesel train will handle the second class trains that weekend.

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 4 p.m. in June to see what projects are underway and watch trains depart and arrive at Sheepscot station. Learn more about the Maine two-footers!

Discussion Forum was down, is now back up

At 4 PM this afternoon (5/28/17), Ed Lecuyer reported that the forum was reporting itself as crashed.  As of this post, Ed and James are still pondering what to do.  Please be patient.  We may have lost posts from after 1 PM 5/27, we’ll see what happens.

May 30th update:  The forum was restored from backup and is now available again.  If you have not had a chance, please visit our forum and get the latest up-to-minute news on museum activities!

Our 2017 Operating Season Begins!

We have held several private steam train events in January and February, and our Easter Eggspress April 15th was very popular, with nearly 1,100 visitors. But after a long winter and early spring, we’re very happy to be starting our 2017 regular operating season!

Over the next three Saturdays (May 6th, 13th and 20th), we will be operating diesel and Model T railcar trains under our spring train schedule. Diesel trains depart Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon and 1.30 p.m. If crew and our railcar are available, our Model T railcar will run at 10.55 a.m., 12.25 and 1.55 p.m. Our summer schedule will start May 27th, with steam trains that weekend.

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 Maine two-footers!

Spring Work Weekend April 28-30!

Come help us build and maintain our Railroad!

Our Annual 3-Day Spring Work Weekend will be Friday through Sunday, April 28, 29 and 30. Work will start at 7 a.m. each day and end around 5 p.m. (or a bit earlier Sunday). Delicious lunches and dinners will be provided by the Museum!

Planned projects this spring include:

• Making the Top of Mountain extension serviceable for work movements, so work trains can reach the first culvert that needs replacement;
• Main line track maintenance;
• Coach #8 baggage door project;
• Sheepscot station platform repairs;
• B&SR boxcar #67 reconstruction;
• Humason trestle retaining wall;
• Top of Mountain mill siding;
• Start of a spur into the Maine Locomotive and Machine Works at Sheepscot Mills;
• And most likely other work as well to prepare our railroad for the coming summer season!

Of course, visitors are welcome to just watch & see how our Railroad is maintained and grows! With scores of volunteers working at both ends of the railroad, there will be plenty to see and do!

Thank you, NRHS!

The National Railway Historical Society has announced our Museum will receive a $3,000 Railway Heritage Grant to help us equip locomotives and rolling stock with an Eames automatic vacuum brake system. Automatic brakes are an important safety feature as our railroad continues to expand. The automatic system will engage the brakes if the cars separate while running. The single control in the locomotive gives the engineer better control of the train.

The original WW&F used vacuum brakes on their locomotives, and #9 has that restored system. Eames patented an automatic vacuum brake system but it was never fully developed due to his untimely death. Our Museum will fully develop the system. Combine #8 already has the system, but testing has yet to be completed. Original W&Q coach #3 will receive a restored system, and locomotives #10 and #52 will receive the equipment as well.

The WW&F Railway Museum officers and members thank the NRHS for choosing our project to support with the Railway Heritage Grant. In the past NRHS grants have provided funds for engine #9’s planished iron boiler jacket and our ongoing mainline extension.

Easter Eggspress April 15th!

Please join us April 15th from noon to 3 PM for our annual Easter Eggspress as we celebrate Easter and the return of Spring! This is our first public trains of the year. Steam trains will depart Sheepscot Station roughly every hour from noon to 3 PM that day, take you to Alna Center Station where the Easter Bunny has hidden eggs all over the place. Locate a special egg and a large basket of goodies is yours! Separate egg hunts will be held each trip for children 5 and under and children 6 and older. If the special egg is not found, the basket will go to the child who finds the most eggs.

Since Easter egg hunts are for the young at heart, our normal child’s fare will apply to all! Train tickets are only $5.00 per person, and free under age 3.

10 + 11 = 21!

In early May last year, we announced the “21 Campaign” to raise $130,000 for the construction of two new locomotive boilers — a replacement needed for our WW&F #10, and one for planned locomotive #11, a reconstruction of the original railway’s #7, a 28-ton 2-4-4T forney built in 1907 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works.

Now, a little over 10 months later, the 21 Campaign has raised over $75,000 — 58% of our goal!

As donations have been received, we have been able to:
— Restore a 2-ton Allen deep throat riveter to operation;
— Complete the boiler designs and receive approval by the ASME;
— Order and receive the boiler plate for both boilers;
— Complete waterjet cutting of the plates at Aquacut, Inc., of Lakeland, NY;
— Complete rolling of the boiler shells, fire box, smoke box and other curved pieces at Mack Brothers Boiler and Sheet Irons Works in NY;
— Construct a new Beatty Flanging Machine, based on a 1937 design; and
— Complete many other items needed to restore #10 to service and build new locomotive #11!

And all that was in 2016, along with many other Museum projects big (new turntable!) and small, and all while running a railroad for our guests, including attendees of the National Narrow Gauge Convention!

For the latest 21 Campaign progress reports, please see our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wwandf21campaign/

And to learn more about our campaign and to donate, please visit our Fundrazr page at https://fundrazr.com/21campaign

Every contribution, big and small helps us get #10 back to service and build #11!

Watch your money go up in smoke!