Thank You, Mass Bay RRE!

WW&F Railway Museum president Dave Buczkowski (left) shakes hands with Mass Bay RRE president David Brown, following the announcement that the WW&F is the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund. Note the photo of WW&F #9 (alongside MRR #3) over David’s shoulder!

Today the Mass Bay Railroad Enthusiasts announced our Museum is one of 12 organizations that are recipients of Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Grants. The Mass Bay RRE established the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund in 2016 to support railroad preservation projects in New England.

The announcement was made at the Amherst Railway Society’s 50th annual Railroad Hobby Show January 27th at the Big E in West Springfield, MA.

The $1,000 grant to our Museum will aid in our work for the restoration of the historic Moose Brook bridge, and its relocation to serve as our Trout Brook bridge on our Mountain Extension to Route 218.

We are very grateful to the Mass Bay RRE for their support of our Museum. It has been the support like this from our many members and friends that has grown our Museum. Thank you!

WW&F at the Springfield, MA, Railroad Hobby Show Jan. 27 & 28!

Our Museum will be participating in the upcoming Railroad Hobby Show January 27th and 28th. The show, sponsored by the Amherst Railway Society, is held at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Please see www.railroadhobbyshow.com for more information about the show.

This event, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, 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, including our 2018 calendar.

This will be a good opportunity to sign up for our Spring Photographic Excursions, planned as two separate events on Saturday, April 14th and Saturday, April 21st. Both days will feature the firing of historic 1891 locomotive No. 9 starting at 6 a.m. and a day session photo train operating 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. April 21st will also feature a staged and lit night scene starting at 6 a.m.

During both events, all our original and replica equipment will be used to demonstrate mixed and freight trains commonly operated on the old WW&F Railway. Several unique photo opportunities will be provided both days.

Price is $150 per person April 14th, and $225 per person April 21st. You can reserve your seat at our sales table at the Railroad Hobby Show, or online at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com

We hope to see you in West Springfield January 27th & 28th!

A Busy January!

Happy New Year!

Our public trains are now done for the winter, but work continues on a number of projects as we grow our Museum, including tree removal for the installation of our new Trout Brook bridge later this year, as well as beyond our current end of track.

Saturdays and Wednesdays are typically our busiest days, with volunteers working on both indoor and outdoor projects, weather permitting. Details on our January work sessions can be found here.

To end the month, we will be participating in the upcoming Railroad Hobby Show January 27th and 28th. 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.