Category Archives: Museum Event

Events at, or involving, the Railway Museum

Our Fall Work Weekend October 5th through 8th!

Since 1997, scores of volunteers from across the country and overseas have traveled to our Museum in late April and over the Columbus Day weekend to work on many projects. This fall, we have the following projects planned:

• Construction of 1200 to 1400 feet of main line track down the Mountain!
• Clearing land in Sheepscot for our parking lot expansion.
• Constructing a deck on the front of the Percival House
• Burying conduit from the Sheepscot shop building to the Percival House.
• and other projects are likely as well!

Of course, visitors are welcome to just watch & see how our Sheepscot valley railroad is maintained and grows!

Work will start at 7 a.m. and end around 5 p.m. each day (or a bit earlier Monday). Delicious lunches (all four days) and dinners (Friday – Sunday) will be provided by our Museum.

Steam-powered passenger trains will be operating Saturday and Sunday. This will be one of the last opportunities to see our steam trains this year. Steam will be operating for our Victorian Christmas celebration December 15th.

If you can’t join us in person, you can follow weekend progress in our Mountain Extension and Fall Work Weekend 2018 forum threads.

The weather forecast so far looks great for Columbus Day weekend. We hope you can come help build and maintain our Museum!

Fall Festival and a Moonlight Extra Train September 29th!

Enjoy a day of games, fun, and happenings at our annual Fall Festival!

Board our train at Sheepscot Station at 97 Cross Rd, Alna, and travel up the line to Alna Center station, location of the festival. There will be face painting, a pumpkin patch, hay rides in the back of a Model AA truck, games and fun for the whole family!

Once again we welcome the Bluegrass Music Association of Maine to the festival, for a bluegrass pickin’ party! Enjoy some old fashioned music!

Trains depart from Sheepscot regularly at 10:30 AM, 10:55, 12 noon, 12:25 PM, 1:30, 1:55, and 3:00 (the last regular train); however depending on how busy it gets we may run trains more frequently than that. Purchase your ticket at Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road) ($8 for adults, $7 for seniors 60+, $5 for kids 4-12, kids 3 and under free) and board the train. Spend as much time as you like at the festival. Bluegrass pickers (with instruments) ride free.

Please join us for our Moonlight Extra Train! 9/21/18:  Sorry — our evening train is now sold out!  We hope to offer a similar train in October.  Please watch wwfry.org for updates.

There will be a 6 PM evening train to Alna Center, where visitors will be entertained by a bonfire, locally-produced foods and a talk by Taryn Hammer Marcus, of the Sheepscot General Store and Farm on the significance and history of General Stores in the Sheepscot Valley. The train will return to Sheepscot by 8:00. Please bring your camp chairs! Ticketing for this evening train is separate from the day’s events. Advance tickets for the evening train only are available at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com.  Sorry — our September 29th Moonlight Extra Train is now sold out!

We hope to see you September 29th!

Our Final 2018 Summer Concert September 8th Features GoldenOak!

Our final 2018 Summer Concert the evening of Saturday, September 8th will feature GoldenOak. GoldenOak is an Indie Soul-Folk band fronted by sibling duo Zak and Lena Kendall. Originally from the Sandy River Valley of Western Maine and now based in Portland, they began to write music and perform in 2014. GoldenOak released their first album, Pleasant St., in 2016 — an album they co-wrote with cellist Seth Wegner. The full length album painted a landscape of the duo’s childhood and their experiences growing up and leaving home. The original album with beautiful instrumentation and voice solidified the band as ambassadors of the Maine Folk Scene and earned them praise such as a nomination as “one of Portland’s most important upcoming bands” by Dispatch Magazine. Over the last two years, they shared the stage with many notable artists such as Lady Lamb, The Dustbowl Revival, The Ghost of Paul Revere, and The Mallett Brothers Band. In October 2017, GoldenOak released Foxgloves, a 6 track EP that builds on Zak and Lena’s folk roots with a remarkable orchestral approach and earthy sound. The band kicked off their Foxgloves release tour with a sold out show at Portland’s One Longfellow Square, and in December, Foxgloves was voted “EP of the Year” by the Portland Music Awards. Zak and Lena record and often tour with fellow musicians and band mates, Seth Wegner (cello), Max Eddington (piano), and Jackson Cromwell (percussion). Find out more at GoldenOakband.com.

Our concert will be held under a big tent at Alna Center station, rain or shine.  The concert train will leave Sheepscot station promptly at 5 P.M. and return at 7:30 P.M. Parking, round-trip train fare, and concert admission are included in the price of the ticket: $15 for adults/$8.00 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and younger are free.

Sales are limited to 100 tickets; advance sale tickets are available at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com.

We hope you can join us Saturday evening, September 8th!

Our August Ice Cream Social is this Saturday, August 25th!

The weekend weather forecast looks good for our August Ice Cream Social!

We will be holding our August Ice Cream Social this coming Saturday, August 25th. 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! Bring a blanket and a picnic basket, enjoy kite flying and old-fashioned lawn games while at Alna Center — everyone is welcome to spend as much time as they would like before taking a later train to either see the rest of our line or to return to Sheepscot. Our last return train to Sheepscot will depart Alna Center at 3.37 p.m.

Regular fare applies on all trains.

If weather does not cooperate this Saturday, our August Ice Cream Social will be held the next day — Sunday, August 26th.

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Don’t Forget Our Evening Concert with Rough Sawn Saturday Evening!

A reminder that on August 25th our Summer Concert Series will feature Rough Sawn. This local string band is composed of farmers and carpenters—true salt of the earth people. They are renowned for their excellent covers of classic country, bluegrass, folk and Western swing as well as timeless originals. Their four-part harmonies are not something you’re going to want to miss.

The concert train will leave Sheepscot station promptly at 5 P.M. and return at 7:30 P.M. Parking, round-trip train fare, and concert admission are included in the price of the ticket: $15 for adults/$8.00 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and younger are free.

Sales are limited to 100 tickets; advance sale tickets are available at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com.

We hope you can join us Saturday evening, August 25th!

 

Our 2018 Summer Concert Series Features Rough Sawn August 25th!

On August 25th our Summer Concert Series will feature Rough Sawn. This local string band is composed of farmers and carpenters—true salt of the earth people. They are renowned for their excellent covers of classic country, bluegrass, folk and Western swing as well as timeless originals. Their four-part harmonies are not something you’re going to want to miss.

The concert train will leave Sheepscot station promptly at 5 P.M. and return at 7:30 P.M. Parking, round-trip train fare, and concert admission are included in the price of the ticket: $15 for adults/$8.00 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and younger are free.

Sales are limited to 100 tickets; advance sale tickets are available at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com.

We hope you can join us Saturday evening, August 25th!

Our Annual Picnic & Yard Sale and a WW1 Living History Weekend August 11 & 12!

Our Museum celebrates summer with steam and diesel train rides, Model T rail car rides, hand car rides, antique machinery, a yard sale, food, and a World War 1 Living History Weekend on Saturday & Sunday, August 11th and 12th!

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!

Our friends at 103rd Regiment Living History will present a World War 1 Living History Weekend both days at Alna Center. The 103rd Regiment Living History is a group of WW1 living historians who set up educational displays and encampments in New England, depicting the common Doughboy. The original WW&F Railway operated during the WW1 era.

Shop our Yard Sale both days. Yard Sale proceeds benefit the WW&F Railway Museum Archives!

Picnic Food will be on sale both days from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Trains will depart Sheepscot Station from 10.30 a.m. to late afternoon Saturday and 10.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

 

Our First Evening Concert July 28th, Featuring Married with Chitlins!

Please join us for a musical evening along the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge July 28th!

We kick off our new Summer Evening Concert Series Saturday, July 28th with Married with Chitlins! An acoustic music duo comprised of Chris and Liz Lannon, Married with Chitlins performs Traditional American music, Old Time Country and Blues, some Jazz standards and Celtic reels and jigs, with guitar and fiddle with a strong female lead vocal with harmonies but you’ll also hear sprinklings of mandolin and harmonica.

You can learn more about Married with Chitlins on Facebook and on reverbnation.

The concert will be held rain or shine under a tent at Alna Center station.

Our concert train will leave Sheepscot station promptly at 5 P.M. and return at 7:30 P.M. Parking, round-trip train fare, and concert admission are included in the price of the ticket. Advanced ticket pricing is $15 for adults/$8.00 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and younger are free. Any remaining tickets the day of the concert will be available for sale at Sheepscot station at a price of $18 per adult.

We hope you can join us for the concert!

Our First 2018 Ice Cream Social Is July 7th!

With all the hot weather expected this coming week, it’s time for ice cream!

Weather permitting, we will be holding our July Ice Cream Social this coming Saturday, July 7th. 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! Bring a blanket and a picnic basket, enjoy kite flying and old-fashioned lawn games while at Alna Center — everyone is welcome to spend as much time as they would like before taking a later train to either see the rest of our line or to return to Sheepscot. Our last return train to Sheepscot will depart Alna Center at 3.37 p.m.

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 25th.

If weather does not cooperate this Saturday, our July Ice Cream Social will be held the next day — Sunday, July 8th.

A Celebration of Alna, Maine, June 16th!

Please join us on Saturday, June 16th, as our hometown of Alna, Maine, celebrates Alna Day! Alna Day will celebrate all things Alna: our residents, businesses, organizations, history, and future. Activities will be held at each station along the narrow gauge!

Activities at Sheepscot station (Museum grounds at 97 Cross Road) will include displays by the Alna Volunteer Fire Department and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, screening of the documentary “Currents, Courses, and Streams, Alna, Maine: Histories of a Backwater Town”, live music, a model railway, and displays from local organizations, artisans, businesses, and farms. Additionally, the Railway will offer human-powered rides on one of its historic handcars.

At Alna Center station, sports will be on offer with two botball matches at 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. organized by Ken Solorzano of the Alna Store and sack races organized by town resident and Museum volunteer Steve Zuppa. Walking directions will also be provided to the 1789 Alna Meetinghouse and c.1796 Center School, the second oldest schoolhouse in Maine, which will be open from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Top of Mountain station will feature facepainting and nature scavenger hunts organized in partnership with Midcoast Conservancy and Juniper Hill School.

Additionally, the historic Head Tide church will be open from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. While not accessible by train, the Head Tide church is a short trip by car.

All Alna Day activities, including train fare, are free for town residents. For other Museum visitors, standard train fare applies.

Event programs and tickets will be provided. Parking for Alna Day will be provided at Sheepscot Station, 97 Cross Road, Alna beginning at 9 a.m. Please follow all signs and directions regarding parking.

We hope to see you June 16th!

Last Call for our Easter Eggspress March 31st!

Our 2018 Easter Eggspress will run on Saturday, March 31st!

Please join us for a special Easter egg hunting experience!

Easter Eggspress trains will leave Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Road, Alna) every 35 minutes from 11:25 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. headed to the egg hunt site at Alna Center.

At Alna Center, the egg hunt will be set up for three separate 3 age groups (0-3, 4-6, and 7 & up).

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 age 3 and under.

Advance reservations are strongly encouraged; however, a limited portion of each trains capacity will be held for visitors without reservations. In addition, any tickets which aren’t reserved by the time of the event will also be available for walk-up passengers.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com.

Questions? Please call 207-882-4193, or email info@wwfry.org.

We hope you can join us on March 31st!