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

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 are $20 for adults and $10 for children 4-12. Sales are limited to 100 tickets per concert, so get your tickets soon.

A Celebration of Alna, Maine Saturday, June 8th!

All are welcome at the second annual Alna Day, being held Saturday June 8th at locations throughout the town of Alna from 10 AM to 4 PM. Alna Day celebrates all things Alna: its residents, businesses, organizations, history, and future. Event programs will be available at all participating locations, including Sheepscot station at 97 Cross Road in Alna.

Many Alna Day activities can be accessed by the historic narrow gauge steam trains on the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway. Train service between select activities will be provided by the Railway with trains leaving Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) frequently from 10:30AM through 3PM for Alna Center and Top of Mountain stations. Train tickets are free for town residents, while the railway’s regular ticket pricing applies for others.

At Sheepscot station there will be lots happening! In Sheepscot’s freight station, the documentary “Currents, Courses, and Streams, Alna, Maine: Histories of a Backwater Town” will be shown throughout the day. Outside, the Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency will have their mobile command center on display, and representatives from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit will be on site. The Alna Snowmobile Club will be set up to serve food at Sheepscot throughout the event.

A farmers and artisans market, located in the Railway’s shop building at Sheepscot will feature locally produced foods and items available for purchase. There will also be informative tables on a wide variety of local topics and services. Live music will be provided at the market by local band ‘Well Seasoned”.

Additionally, visitors can try out the ever-popular handcars in the Sheepscot railroad yard. On the train, Banjo Picker Mark Horn will be entertaining riders as the train makes its way northward to Alna Center and Top of Mountain stations.

At Alna Center station, the Midcoast Conservancy will have fat tire bikes available for anyone to try out along the old Averill Road. Signs and walking directions will be provided to visit the 1789 Alna Meetinghouse, the Alna Town Cemetery and ca. 1796 Center School, the second oldest schoolhouse in Maine. Hiking trails will be open at Top of Mountain for those who wish to explore, with a nature scavenger hunt available for kids.

In addition to the activities along the Railway, other locations throughout Alna will also be participating in Alna Day. The Alna General Store, at the intersection of Route 218 and Dock Road, will officially open their new taps so folks can enjoy a draught pour or bottle of some great local beers and ciders and great food in a family-friendly environment. Wizard of Odds Antiques, located in the old Jewett General Store at 45 Head Tide Road, will have an open house throughout the day. Across the Sheepscot River, at the end of Head Tide Church Road, the historic Head Tide Church will also be open for tours.

We hope you can join Saturday’s celebration!

Our 100,000th Passenger!

Congratulations to Andrew Kahrl, our 100,000th passenger!

When Andrew Kahrl purchased a ticket for the 1:30 train on Sunday, May 26th he didn’t expect the gift shop crew to applaud!  Arriving with his family of four, Andrew became passenger number 100,000 from a count that began in May of 1997 when the first ticket was sold. Prior to that time (1993 – early ’97) donations were taken for short train rides on flatcar 118. Andrew was promised a cab ride and handcar ride when it wasn’t raining and given a free one year membership in the museum.

Congratulations, Andrew, and thank you for riding the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge!

Two Steam Trains Running this Saturday As We Remember the Great War!

Steam crews put two historic Maine narrow gauge locomotives to bed the day before Easter in this April 20th photo by Brendan Barry.  Maine Narrow Gauge’s Monson Railroad No. 3 is seen in our shop’s bay 3 along with our WW&F No. 9 in bay 4 after a busy, fun day.

Maine Narrow Gauge’s MRR No. 3 will be running this Saturday as well as our WW&F No. 9 as we join the 103rd Regiment Living History to celebrate our service men and women this Memorial Day weekend.

After leaving the state of Maine in August 1917 and serving in France for over a year in the Great War, the men of Maine returned home in May 1919.  From here they would have to readjust back to the life of a civilian.

Join the 103rd and our Museum as we remember these Maine servicemen a century ago.  Come see the 103rd’s military encampment and experience soldier life 100 years ago at Alna Center.  Learn how our home front was affected by the Great War.

Steam trains will depart our Museum’s Sheepscot station at 97 Cross Road in Alna, Maine, Saturday, May 25th at
10:30 AM • 10:55 AM • 12 Noon • 12:25 PM • 1:30 PM • 1:55 PM • 3 PM
for the journey back 100 years to Alna Center.

On Sunday, May 26th, WW&F No. 9 will depart with her train from Sheepscot station at
10:30 AM • 12 Noon • 1:30 PM • 3 PM
Diesel trains will depart Sheepscot at
10:55 AM • 12:25 PM • 1:55 PM
if diesel train crew and equipment are available.

Our passengers are welcome to stop at Alna Center both Saturday & Sunday and spend time with the 103rd.  You can then get on any later train to ride our line to the end of track at Top of the Mountain, or return south directly to Sheepscot.  Last train of the day departs Alna Center back to Sheepscot a little after 3.30 p.m.

Regular train fares apply.  As always, fare for active and retired military is $1 less.

Maine’s 103rd prepares to board a WW&F train as they embark for the Great War in Europe in this photo recalling their departure for Europe in 1917.  Join the 103rd this weekend on the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge as we remember our veterans this Memorial Day weekend.  Photo by Stephen Hussar.



Thank You, Maine Community Foundation!

The Directors of the Maine Community Foundation have approved a $4550 grant to our Museum for our planned event pavilion at Alna Center, to be used local concerts, historic presentations and related community gatherings. This grant is made from the Lincoln County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation at the recommendation of the advisors.

The Maine Community Foundation, founded in 1983, works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. The community foundation is committed to serve all of Maine; demonstrate respect for people and places; achieve quality and integrity in everything the foundation does; and remain nonpartisan. MaineCF is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and ensuring Maine is a safe, welcoming, and accepting place for everyone.

The pavilion building at Maine Maritime Museum in October 2018. That day our volunteers prepared to start disassembly for transport to Sheepscot. Brendan Barry photo.

Our planned pavilion is a 30×80-foot structure, with a metal roof on scissor trusses. Formerly used to shelter a sailing ship restoration at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, the structure was gifted to us by Maine Maritime and generous donors. Last fall, our volunteers disassembled the structure and transported it to our Museum. It is now stored on our Sheepscot campus, in anticipation of reassembly at Alna Center later this year. The pavilion will greatly enhance community events held at Alna Center station.

Our thanks to the Maine Community Foundation for this generous grant!


World War 1 Remembered May 25th & 26th!

Please join the 103rd Regiment Living History and the WW&F Railway May 25th and 26th as we remember the end of the Great War a century ago during

End of the Track
The 103rd Regiment Returns Home to Maine.

After leaving the state of Maine in August 1917, and serving in France of over a year in the Great War, the men of Maine returned home in May 1919. From here they would have to readjust to the life of a civilian.

On Saturday & Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, come help the 103rd Regiment Living History and the Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum commemorate this event,

Come see the military encampment as the soldiers practice military exercises at Alna Center. Also see how the home front was affected by the war.

Steam trains will depart our Museum grounds at Sheepscot (97 Cross Road, Alna, Maine) between 10.30 a.m. and 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.  Our guests are welcome to get off the train at Alna Center and tour the 103rd Regiment Living History’s camp, before getting aboard any later train to Top of Mountain and return, or boarding a train directly back to Sheepscot.  Regular train fares apply.

Moonlight Extra Train Celebrating Narrow Gauge Railroading May 18th!

Do you feel as though you are often confronted with too many choices in life? Happen to be building a railroad? You’re going to be faced with many choices, not the least of which is the choice of gauge (the distance between the rails). Do you wonder about the so-called ‘standard’ gauge and whether it is really always the right choice when building a railway?

Come to a presentation at the Alna Center Station on Saturday, May 18th to learn more. Attendees can reach the event from a train departing Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Road, Alna) at 6:30 PM. Following the presentation, the train will return to Sheepscot at 8:30PM

Learn first-hand why 2-foot narrow gauge railways, like the ones built by the sensible people in the state of Maine, could be the right choice for your community. WW&F Railway Superintendent Jason Lamontagne will explain just how such a narrow gauge railway can enhance transportation, commerce and culture while doing so with an economy of cost and ease of construction, both things a ‘standard’ gauge railway could not match.

At Alna Center there will be a bonfire and bean supper available at the event for $8.00, including hot dogs, salads, and drinks. Proceeds will benefit the continued reconstruction of the railway.

Event tickets are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 4-12 and free for children birth-3. Event tickets are available at the railway prior to 6:30PM or online. Advance tickets (available at are recommended, but not required. We cannot guarantee space on the train without an advance ticket.

Arrive 30 minutes prior to departure to ensure a relaxed boarding experience.

For more information visit or call 207-882-4193

~Event is weather permitting~ In the case of foul weather ticket holders will be informed and tickets will be refunded.

Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day Tea Saturday, May 11th!

Ride aboard reserved cars on our noon train to a special English-style Mother’s Day tea at our Alna Center Station. The tea will feature locally-sourced cakes, scones, and sandwiches, plus tea and coffee. Moms will receive a special Springtime gift to bring home along with special treats when they board the train at Sheepscot. We’re looking forward to making this a special day for the whole family and moms in particular.

Please arrive by 11:45 a.m. to ensure a relaxed boarding experience. Tickets for the Mother’s Day Tea all-inclusive. They include tea service at Alna Center (accessed on the noon train), along with access to the other train at 10:30 and the Museum. After tea, ride the northbound train to Top of Mountain and return to Sheepscot at 2:15. All trains leave from Sheepscot Station at 97 Cross Road in Alna.

This event is weather dependent and, in the event of foul weather, an announcement will be made and emailed regarding the cancellation of the event. The full ticket price will be refunded.

Advance purchase of tickets at is required for this event. Tickets will be on sale through Thursday, May 9th. Tickets are non-transferable (except by a Railway representative) and refundable up until May 9th.

We hope Mom can join us May 11th!