Come help us build and maintain our Railroad!
Our Annual 3-Day Spring Work Weekend will be Friday through Sunday, April 28, 29 and 30. Work will start at 7 a.m. each day and end around 5 p.m. (or a bit earlier Sunday). Delicious lunches and dinners will be provided by the Museum!
Planned projects this spring include:
• Making the Top of Mountain extension serviceable for work movements, so work trains can reach the first culvert that needs replacement;
• Main line track maintenance;
• Coach #8 baggage door project;
• Sheepscot station platform repairs;
• B&SR boxcar #67 reconstruction;
• Humason trestle retaining wall;
• Top of Mountain mill siding;
• Start of a spur into the Maine Locomotive and Machine Works at Sheepscot Mills;
• And most likely other work as well to prepare our railroad for the coming summer season!
Of course, visitors are welcome to just watch & see how our Railroad is maintained and grows! With scores of volunteers working at both ends of the railroad, there will be plenty to see and do!
The National Railway Historical Society has announced our Museum will receive a $3,000 Railway Heritage Grant to help us equip locomotives and rolling stock with an Eames automatic vacuum brake system. Automatic brakes are an important safety feature as our railroad continues to expand. The automatic system will engage the brakes if the cars separate while running. The single control in the locomotive gives the engineer better control of the train.
The original WW&F used vacuum brakes on their locomotives, and #9 has that restored system. Eames patented an automatic vacuum brake system but it was never fully developed due to his untimely death. Our Museum will fully develop the system. Combine #8 already has the system, but testing has yet to be completed. Original W&Q coach #3 will receive a restored system, and locomotives #10 and #52 will receive the equipment as well.
The WW&F Railway Museum officers and members thank the NRHS for choosing our project to support with the Railway Heritage Grant. In the past NRHS grants have provided funds for engine #9’s planished iron boiler jacket and our ongoing mainline extension.
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.