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Events at, or involving, the Railway Museum

CANCELLED: Our 2020 Easter Eggspress

We wish to inform everyone that due to concerns over large group gatherings in relation to COVID-19, the WW&F is cancelling this year’s Easter Eggspress planned for April 11th. We are following Maine CDC’s recommendations in relation to the Coronavirus, out of an abundance of caution for our community. Thanks for your understanding.

A Reminder! Member, Family and Friends Activities During Spring Work Weekend April 24th – 27th!

UPDATE: IN RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, THESE SPECIAL ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.

A reminder that the Wiscasset Woods Lodge, members John and Chris Kokas, and partners have lined up plans for several extra-curricula family activities during our Spring Work Weekend.  These events are open to everyone and do not require attendance at our Work Weekend or a stay at the Wiscasset Woods Lodge.

The deadlines for reservations are approaching March 27th and April 1st!  All Aboard!

Thanks to Saundra and Eric Neperud, owners of the Wiscasset Woods Lodge, and John and Chris Kokas, there will be several great opportunities for members, families and friends to experience Midcoast Maine during our Spring Work Weekend in late April.  A detailed itinerary , organized by the Wiscasset Woods Lodge, can be found on their website.

Activities planned by the Lodge include:

Friday, April 24th, 5 p.m.:  A Cooking Class with Chef Meghan—Homemade Ravioli.  Meghan Olcott, owner of Wiscasset’s Creamed Baking Company, will lead the class.  Cost $25 per person.  8 to 12 guests.  Reservations and deposits deadline April 1st.

Saturday, April 25th, 10 a.m.:  Midcoast Maine Wine Tour.  Visit five Midcoast Maine stops, including two wineries and a meadery during this day-long adventure, courtesy of Maine Winery Tours.  Cost $165 per person if 9 or less participate; otherwise $135 per person up to 12 people.  Reservations and deposits deadline March 27th.

Sunday, April 26th, 9.30 a.m.:  Walking Tour of Wiscasset and Castle Tucker.  2020 marks the 200th anniversary of the Maine’s statehood.  To commemorate, the day will start with a walking tour of downtown Wiscasset by the Red Cloak Lady, followed by a stop for warm drinks and pastries, and then a visit to historic Castle Tucker.  Sunday’s tour is designed to end in the early afternoon for folks who have travel plans to return home.  Cost $40 per person.  6 to 15 guests.  Reservations and deposits deadline April 10th.

Monday, April 27th, 10 a.m.:  Midcoast Maine Beer TourThe Maine Brew Bus will take participants to three breweries in Brunswick and West Bath, followed by a visit to Reid State Park (weather permitting).  Cost $150 per person if 10 to 23 participate; $115 per person if 24 participate.  Reservations and deposits deadline March 27th.

To reserve your space for these four events please call (207) 882-7137 or email Stay@Wiscassetwoods.com.

In addition to these weekend activities, the Wiscasset Woods Lodge is offering 10% off lodging for our Museum volunteers staying two nights or more during the Spring Work Weekend.  To get your discount simply type “WWF” into the promocode section just below where you choose the dates for your stay on the Lodge’s website, or call (207) 882-7137.

Our thanks to Saundra, Eric, Chris and John for organizing these great events!

Season Passes Now Available for our 2020 Music on the Railway Concert Series!

The Wiscasset, Waterville, & Farmington Railway is excited to announce our 3rd Annual MUSIC ON THE RAILWAY concert series!  This year will feature four concerts Saturdays in late June through September on our grounds by Alna Center station.

Now through March 31st, you can purchase a season pass at the discounted price of four concerts for the price of three!  Tickets for individual concerts (on sale April 1st) will be $16.  Our season pass (on sale through March 31st) is $48!

Our 2020 Saturday concerts will feature:

June 20th: Rough Sawn
Back by popular demand, Rough Sawn (Facebook) is a local string band 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. They’ve played local farmers markets, breweries, and other events. Their four-part harmonies are not something you’re going to want to miss. You can find Rough Sawn on Facebook.

July 25th: Pejepscot Station
Pejepscot Station (website, Facebook) is a high-energy bluegrass band comprised of veteran musicians hailing from the Midcoast Maine area, featuring Jim McLaughlin on mandolin, guitar and fiddle, Stephen “Satch” Hatch on guitar, Cherie “Peachblossom” Howard on bass, Russ Donahue on mandolin and guitar, and Ren Bernier on banjo. Vocals are shared by all. Based in the village of Pejepscot (in Topsham, ME), the band has been performing throughout southern Maine since forming in 2011. Their repertoire is a mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass, Americana, and some “bluegrassified” favorites thrown in. Broad vocal harmonies and an informal and relaxed stage presence make for an enjoyable and fun show appropriate for all.

August 22nd: Fremont Street String Band
Fremont Street String Band (website, Facebook and Spotify) is a 5-piece Down East Maine bluegrass band. Formed in the storybook town of Machias, this band personifies the daring spirit and raw boldness of Maine’s rocky shores and the intriguing muses of Maine’s dense forests. They push the boundaries of musical convention, innovating and reinvigorating classic tunes, without sacrificing the heart and guts of America’s musical heritage. Their original songs are about Maine, love, life, and everything that matters. Engaging and energetic, this band breathes life into its audiences and leaves them feeling more alive and closer to their wild roots.

September 26th: OldHat Duo
OldHat (website and Facebook) is an acoustic string band based out of Eliot, Maine. Fusing tight vocal harmonies with a lively string band rhythm section, OldHat’s sound draws from bluegrass, old time, folk, and country traditions. The band is comprised of Whitney Roy (Guitar, Vocals) and Steve Roy (Mandolin, Fiddle, Vocals).  Whitney Roy’s lilting vocals provide the backbone of OldHat’s vocal blend, while her solid rhythm guitar anchors the bands rhythm section.  Steve Roy is one of New England’s premier multi-instrumentalists, and has performed and toured with many of the acoustic world’s top acts.

Our concert trains depart our Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) at 4.30 p.m. sharp.  Please arrive early to ensure a relaxed experience.  Music at Alna Center under our pavilion is from 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Train fare and parking at Sheepscot are included in the ticket price. Feel free to bring a blanket.  Information on food and beverage options will be available in the coming weeks.

Details on our 2020 Music on the Railway concert series can be found at http://wwfry.eventbrite.com.

Visit Us During Steam and Sleighs February 15th and 16th!

Stewart Rhine photo.

Enjoy an unforgettable and unique experience this coming weekend during Steam and Sleighs at the WW&F Railway.

Ride our Railway’s steam-powered Sheepscot Valley Winter Service trains and enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh (or wagon) ride, a visit to the farm, backcountry cross country skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking, and more at our station stops along your journey.

Our train will take you to “Top of the Mountain” where it will be met by a horse-drawn sleigh to bring you to SeaLyon Farm, LLC where a plethora of goods will be available for perusal and purchase including lavender products!

At the farm, be sure to purchase a slice or two of Blazing Tomato Pizza for lunch!

Creamed Baking Co. will also be at the farm selling their decadent caramels, baked goods, and S’More’s kits to roast over the bonfire!

Tickets include train fare, sleigh rides, hot beverages & access to skiing, hiking, and snowshoeing trails. (Purchases at SeaLyon Farm, LLC are by individual settlement.)

Train tickets are $10.00 adults; $9.00 60+, museum members, and military (active and veteran); $5.00 children 4-12; Free children birth-3.  Tickets are available by advance sale at https://wwfrytickets.simpletix.com/e/48757.

Hurry!  Our Saturday trains are nearly sold out!

Any tickets not reserved in advance will be available the day of the event.

Trains leave from Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Rd. Alna) to Top of the Mountain Station and return.

At Top of Mountain detrain for horse-drawn sleigh rides (to/from SeaLyon Farm, LLC), self-guided snowshoeing, backcountry X/C, hiking and to explore the work the railway is undertaking on the mountain extension, a .75 mile extension of the railway to a new station adjacent to Midcoast Conservancy‘s beautiful Trout Brook Preserve. For your convenience, a heated railcar and attendant will be on hand to help direct you. There are no facilities at this remote location, (outside of those offered at SeaLyon Farm.) Allocate 90 minutes of layover time to ride the sleigh, visit the farm, and enjoy the outdoor activities.

Trains for Steam and Sleighs at the Top of the Mountain leave Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Road, Alna) at 10:30 AM, 12 noon, and 1:30 PM. (An additional 3:00 PM train will pick up guests; visitors are welcome for a train ride only at 3:00 PM.)

Trains depart Top of the Mountain for the return back to Sheepscot Station at 11:00, 12:30, 2:00, and 3:30.

Tickets are valid for round trip passage to and from Sheepscot Station and include access to all of the day’s activities. Should you desire a longer layover at Top of the Mountain, you may return on any subsequent train. Please order tickets in advance via the link provided.

Steam and Sleighs will be held Snow or Shine. In the event of poor driving or unsuitable conditions for the horses, the event will be canceled (announced via Facebook and email) with tickets refunded. Steam train rides will still occur on schedule. Come dressed prepared for the weather. If you care to engage in outdoor activities, please bring your own skis, snowshoes, or outdoor gear.

We hope to see you on the Sheepscot Valley narrow gauge!

Visit Us During Steam and Sleighs January 25th and 26th!

Photo courtesy of Matthew Malkiewicz.
Copyright Matthew Malkiewicz/Lost Tracks of Time.

Experience an unforgettable day at the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway during Steam and Sleighs.

Ride our steam-powered Sheepscot Valley Winter Service trains and enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh (or wagon) ride, visit to a farm, back country cross country skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking, and more at our station stops along your journey.

The train will take you to our Top of the Mountain station where you can enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh (or wagon) to bring you to SeaLyon Farm.  The farm will have a plethora of goodies available for perusal and purchase.

Tickets include train fare, sleigh/wagon rides, hot beverages & access to skiing, hiking, and snowshoeing trails.  SeaLyon Farm items will be available for purchase.

Regular train fares apply: $10.00 adults; $9.00 60+, museum members, and military (active and veteran); $5.00 children 4-12; and Free children up to age 3.

Any advance tickets that may remain will be available for sale the day of the event.

Trains leave from Sheepscot station (97 Cross Rd., Alna) at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, and 1:30 p.m. to Top of the Mountain station and return.  A final 3 p.m. train will pick up our guests; visitors are welcome to take that train as a round-trip ride.

At Top of the Mountain, detrain for horse-drawn sleigh rides for a trip to SeaLyon Farm, self-guided snowshoeing, backcountry X/C, hiking and to explore the work the railway is undertaking on the mountain extension, a .75 mile extension of the railway to a new station adjacent to Midcoast Conservancy‘s beautiful Trout Brook Preserve.

For your convenience, a heated railcar and attendant will be on hand to help direct you at Top of the Mountain.  There are no facilities at this remote location (outside of those offered at SeaLyon Farm.)  Allocate 90 minutes of layover time to ride the sleigh, visit the farm, and enjoy the outdoor activities.

Trains depart Top of the Mountain for the return back to Sheepscot Station at 11 a.m., and 12:30, 2:00 and 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are valid for round trip passage to and from Sheepscot station and include access to all of the day’s activities. Should you desire a longer layover at Top of the Mountain, you may return on any subsequent train.  Last return trip departs Top of the Mountain at 3.30 p.m.  Please order tickets in advance.

Steam and Sleighs will be held snow or shine.  In the event of hazardous driving conditions, the event will be canceled (announced via Facebook and email) with tickets refunded.  Come dressed prepared for the weather.  If you care to engage in outdoor activities, please bring your own skis, snowshoes, or outdoor gear.

Please arrive 15 minutes in advance of your train’s departure time to ensure a relaxed and pleasant experience.

If you can’t visit January 25th or 26th, Steam and Sleighs will also be held February 15th and 16th.

We hope to see you on the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge!

 

 

See Us at the Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield, MA, January 25th & 26th!

Our Museum tables were quite busy during the 2019 show!

Come visit our Museum tables at the upcoming Railroad Hobby Show January 25th and 26th.  The show, sponsored by the Amherst Railway Society, is held at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Please see railroadhobbyshow.com for more information about the show.

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.

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!

Maine Narrow Gauge’s Monson No. 3 at Alna Center during our 2019 Annual Picnic last August.  Stewart Rhine photo.

A highlight of this year’s show will be Maine Narrow Gauge’s Monson No. 3 operating outside on 100 feet of track.  Monson No. 3 spent this past season on the WW&F in Sheepscot and operated during several of our special events in 2019.  The appearance of No. 3 at the show is the result of the combined efforts of MNG, Maine Locomotive & Machine, and the WW&F.

We hope you can visit us at West Springfield January 25th & 26th!

Join Us for “Steam and Sleighs” in January and February!

Photo courtesy of Matthew Malkiewicz.
Copyright Matthew Malkiewicz/Lost Tracks of Time.

Experience an unforgettable day at the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway during our “Steam and Sleighs” events this winter!

Ride our Railway’s steam-powered Sheepscot Valley Winter Service trains and enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh (or wagon) ride, backcountry cross country skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking, and more at our station stops along your journey.

Trains will leave from Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Road in Alna) and make stops at Alna Center and Top of Mountain Stations.

At Alna Center, detrain for horse-drawn sleigh rides and cross country skiing along with hot beverages prepared on the station’s potbelly stove. Outside, warm your hands around the bonfire and participate in a variety of demonstrations. In addition to the heated station, a portable toilet will be stationed here.

At Top of Mountain detrain for snowshoeing, backcountry X/C, hiking and to explore the work the railway is undertaking on our Mountain Extension, a ¾-mile extension of the railway to a new station adjacent to Midcoast Conservancy’s Trout Brook Preserve. For your convenience, a heated caboose and attendant will be on hand to help direct you. There are no additional facilities at this remote location.

“Steam and Sleighs” will be held Saturdays & Sundays, January 25th & 26th and February 15th & 16th, 2020.

Trains will leave Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Road in Alna) at 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, and 1:30 p.m. An additional 3:00 p.m. train from Sheepscot will pick up hikers, skiers and snowshoers. Visitors are welcome for a train ride only at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are valid for round trip passage to and from Sheepscot Station all day and include access to all of the day’s activities. You may return on any train you wish to or break your journey at any station and resume it on a later train. Steam and Sleighs will be held Snow or Shine. In the event of inclement and hazardous weather, the event will be canceled and tickets will be refunded. Come dressed prepared for the weather. If you care to engage in outdoor activities, please bring your own skis, snowshoes, or outdoor gear.

Please arrive 15 minutes in advance of your train’s departure time to ensure a relaxed and pleasant experience.

Advance tickets can be purchased on line here. To reserve your spot and avoid unnecessary waiting advance tickets are encouraged, but not required. Tickets will also be available the day of the event at Sheepscot.

We hope to see you on the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge!  Happy New Year!

2019 Victorian Christmas Trains Are Sold Out

Due to high demand, we regret to announce that all 2019 Victorian Christmas trains are now sold out.

Over two weekends in January and February, we will be running ‘Steam and Sleighs’ trains and invite you to join us at the WW&F during that time. Tickets and additional information for Steam and Sleighs can be found at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com.

We invite you to visit us throughout the 2020 operating season (weekends May through October) and for special events, such as Easter Eggspress, Mother’s Day Tea, evening talks, Alna Day, evening concerts, Ice Cream Socials, Annual Picnic, Pumpkin Picking Trains, Christmas Tree Trains (in late 2020) and more. Stay posted here at wwfry.org and on our Facebook page for our latest event offerings.

We hope to see you on the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge!

Victorian Christmas December 14th Ticket Reservations Open at 8 a.m. on November 3rd!

No. 9 with a southbound Victorian Christmas train. Photo courtesy of Doug Boudrow.

Visit the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway and help us welcome St. Nicholas (Santa Claus)! Depart from Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) where you can enjoy hot chocolate, cider, snacks and exhibits before boarding the train. At Alna Center Station warm yourself around the bonfire and enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh or wagon ride before visiting with the man in red himself! Sing carols on the train! Join us in celebrating and spreading Christmas spirit! Best of all, the visit is free!

Online ticket reservations begin at 8 a.m. November 3rd! Please only reserve the number of tickets tickets you will use. Online tickets are your best way to ensure an experience with limited wait times when you arrive. You must check in at the ticket office 30 minutes before your trains departure time (or your space on the train may be given to another party).

Victorian Christmas will be held December 14th unless unsafe weather conditions result in rescheduling the event for December 21st. If the event is rescheduled, announcements will be made via social media and news outlets. Ticket reservations from from the 14th will be honored at the same time on December 21st.

Parts of Victorian Christmas are outdoors and unheated. Please dress accordingly!