Category Archives: Museum Event

Events at, or involving, the Railway Museum

Albion Day November 4th!

The first Saturday of every November, immediately following the end of our operating season, 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 4th, which conveniently falls on the anniversary of the first train to Albion in 1895! We will meet at our Museum grounds in Sheepscot at 7.00 a.m. or so and plan to be arrive at Albion station at 86 Benton Road by around 8.45.

This year’s planned work will feature the usual weed-whacking and track maintenance but will also have a special twist. AHS President Phil Dow would like to do some archeological digging in and around the turntable pit to see if any nice tidbits or knickknacks can be uncovered!

Our volunteers will also have the opportunity to see the AHS’ Plymouth locomotive, which the society was able to start for the first time in a long, long time this year!

Lunch will be provided by AHS’ members Phil and Janet Dow. The weather forecast promises to be spectacular for early November this year!

We hope you can join us!

Our Fall Work Weekend October 6th through 9th!

For the past twenty years, scores of volunteers from across the country and overseas have travelled 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:

• Extension of the Top of Mountain mill siding to tree line
• Lift, line and tamp the track from ToM to the recently completed culvert
• Construction of a retaining wall by the Humason Brook trestle
• Main Line track maintenance
• Sheepscot track work reconnecting the bays 2 and 3 shop tracks to the yard
• Percival house construction work
• Sheepscot woods track ballasting
• and several other projects as well!

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

Please join us to celebrate our late friend and member Vic Hamburger during our memorial dedication Saturday at 5 p.m.

Work will start at 7 a.m. and end around 5 p.m. each day (or a bit earlier Monday). Delicious breakfasts (Saturday – Monday), 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 ride our steam trains this year. Steam will be operating the following Saturday, October 14th, and then for our Victorian Christmas celebration December 16th and 23rd.

Please come help build and maintain our Museum!

Our Fall Festival September 30th!

Our Fall Festival will feature:
At Sheepscot station: Steam and Diesel Train Rides * Model AA Truck Rides * Model T Rail Car Rides * Hand Car Rides!
At Alna Center station: Children’s Games * Pumpkin Patch * Pumpkin Painting * Light Refreshments * music featuring Bluegrass Pickin’ * And More!

Trains will depart from Sheepscot from 10.30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Regular train fares apply.  A train ticket is required to travel to Alna Center.

Please join us for a special 6 p.m. Moonlight Train to Alna Center!

Our steam train will depart Sheepscot station at 6 p.m., weather permitting.  Upon arrival at Alna Center, enjoy warm cider and cookies by the fire as John Bunker tells the story of heritage apples, the making of cider, and the shipment of apples via the narrow gauge railroad a century ago! John is a well-known expert of the history of heritage apples and owns the Super Chilly Farm in Palermo. The train will return to Sheepscot station by 7.30 p.m. Regular train fares apply.

We hope you can join us Saturday, September 30th!

Ice Cream August 26th!

We had such a good time in July, we’re doing it again to mark the end of summer!

Please join us for our second Ice Cream Social on Saturday, August 26th. 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 fares apply on all trains.

If weather does not cooperate on Saturday the 26th, our August Ice Cream Social will be held the next day — Sunday, August 27th.

Our Annual Picnic & Yard Sale, and a World War I encampment August 12 & 13!

Our Museum celebrates summer with steam train rides, model T rail car rides, hand car rides, antique machinery, a yard sale, food, a World War I encampment and fun Saturday and Sunday, August 12th and 13th!
Model T rail car rides will follow behind the regular scheduled steam trains (subject to rail car availability). Hand car rides will be in Sheepscot yard.
Visit a World War I encampment at Alna Center Saturday evening and Sunday! The doughboys prepare to leave Alna, Maine via the WW&F in the summer of 1917 to join up with the 26th Yankee Division, before shipping over to France.
Picnic Food on sale both days from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Shop our Yard Sale both days. Yard Sale proceeds benefit the WW&F Railway Museum Archives!
Trains will depart Sheepscot Station from 10.30 a.m. to late afternoon Saturday and 10.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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!

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.

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.