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Events at, or involving, the Railway Museum

Our 2019 “Music on the Railway” Concert Series Concludes this Saturday, August 24th with the Sandy River Ramblers!

Our third and last 2019 “Music on the Railway” concert this Saturday, August 24th features the Sandy River Ramblers. The Sandy River Ramblers are the second oldest Bluegrass band in Maine, having been established in 1982. Original members still in the band are Stan Keach and Bud Godsoe. Liz Keach, an original member, is semi-retired from music, but still subs for other members when needed. Keach, a 2019 inductee the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame, is the most widely recorded Bluegrass songwriter in Maine ever, having had many of his original songs recorded by big-name Bluegrassers, including James King, Audie Blaylock, Special Consensus, Danny Paisley, and many others.

Godsoe and Dan Simons are two of the best pickers in the state, and Julie Davenport, only 22, is a stunningly good lead singer. 14-year-old Reynolds in a vocal prodigy, and the vocal trio of Keach, Davenport and Dana Reynolds has been widely praised. Finn Woodruff, 17, is already a fine young fiddler.

The Ramblers’ specialty is original songs about Maine. Their CD, Cry of the Loon and other original songs about Maine, has been critically acclaimed and has been, Keach believes, the best selling Bluegrass CD in Maine over the past 4 years.

Trains for each concert leave from Sheepscot station, 97 Cross Road, Alna, Maine 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 wwfrytickets.simpletix.com are $20 for adults and $10 for children 4-12. Sales are limited to 100 tickets per concert, so get your tickets soon.

Our Annual Picnic, Yard Sale & 30th Anniversary Celebration August 10th & 11th!

Join us Saturday & Sunday, August 10th & 11th as we celebrate summer and our 30th birthday with two steam trains, Model T rail car rides, hand car rides, a yard sale, food and live music!

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!

Shop our large indoor Yard Sale both days. Yard Sale proceeds benefit the WW&F Railway Museum Archives! Our Yard Sale will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Picnic Food will be on sale both days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy live music by Bitter Brew on Saturday!

Explore our shops and car barn.  Learn what restoration projects we have underway, and how we have grown from an empty right-of-way to our current 2.6-mile railway over the last 30 years!

See the Narrow Gauge Railway Collection, a collaboration by the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum and the WW&F. The collection includes recently-arrived Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad Parlor Car Rangeley, the only Maine two-foot gauge Parlor Car ever built, Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Combine No. 14, Bridgton & Saco River Railroad Caboose No. 32, and B&SR Coach No. 16 Mount Pleasant.

Trains will depart Sheepscot Station from 10.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A special photo train will be run at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Please join us on the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge this weekend!

Weekend Steam Trains & Our August Events!

During Saturdays and Sundays in August, we will be operating steam and Model T rail car trains. Steam trains depart Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, 1.30 p.m. and 3 p.m. If crew and our rail car are available, our Model T railcar runs at 10.55 a.m., 12.25 and 1.55 p.m.

Along with our summer steam trains, we have several special events planned in August:

Saturday & Sunday, August 10th & 11th—Our Annual Picnic, Yard Sale and Celebration of Our 30th Anniversary! We’ll be running two steam trains, and the weekend will also feature model T rail car and hand car rides, music by Bitter Brew Saturday, a yard sale, food & fun! Picnic Food on sale both days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please join us to celebrate our Museum’s 30th Birthday! Explore our Yard Sale! Our Yard Sale proceeds benefit our Museum Archives.

Saturday, August 24th, 5 p.m.—Music on the Railway, featuring the Sandy River Ramblers. The Sandy River Ramblers are the second oldest Bluegrass band in Maine, having been established in 1982. Original members still in the band are Stan Keach and Bud Godsoe. Liz Keach, an original member, is semi-retired from music, but still subs for other members when needed. Keach, a 2019 inductee the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame, is the most widely recorded Bluegrass songwriter in Maine ever, having had many of his original songs recorded by big-name Bluegrassers, including James King, Audie Blaylock, Special Consensus, Danny Paisley, and many others. Tickets are available online at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com. The concert will be held rain or shine under our tent at Alna Center station. Special train fares apply.

Saturday, August 31st—Our August Ice Cream Social. Take any afternoon train to Alna Center station and enjoy an old-fashion ice cream social! The ice cream is free for our tickted passengers. Regular train fare applies. Rain date: Sunday, September 1st.

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

Our 2019 “Music on the Railway” Concert Series Continues this Saturday, July 27th with Jud Caswell!

Our second 2019 “Music on the Railway” concert this Saturday, July 27th 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.

This is the second 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 purchase at the concert. (BYOB, but please partake responsibly.)

Closing out our 2019 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 wwfrytickets.simpletix.com are $20 for adults and $10 for children 4-12. Sales are limited to 100 tickets per concert, so get your tickets soon.

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 wwfrytickets.simpletix.com 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!

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.

 

 

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.