Museum Events 2018

Saturday, February 17: Steam Train Snow Day!
Enjoy a winter day at the railway. Bring your snowshoes, cross-country skis, winter hiking gear, etc. and explore the serenity of the Maine outdoors on our secluded field and forest at the “Top of the Mountain” and overlooking Trout Brook.  Trails for snowshoeing will be marked; backcountry  x-country skiing will be available along the mountain extension. Or, join the hardy corps of volunteers as they cut trees and burn brush to clear the right-of-way. This is a self-guided rugged activity in the woods without facilities or conveniences, please dress and plan appropriately. In case of inclement weather, this event will be rescheduled to 2/24/18.

Saturday, March 31: Easter Eggspress.
Come join the WW&F Railway Museum as we celebrate Easter with a Spring Steamup! Bring your Easter basket, and catch the train bound for Alna Center where  the egg hunt awaits. Locate a special egg and a large basket of goodies is yours! Three separate egg hunts will be held each trip for children ages 0-3, ages 4-6, and ages 7 and older. Trains depart every 35 minutes starting at 11:25am. The last train and egg hunt leaves from the museum’s Sheepscot station at 3:30pm. Advance reservations recommended – but not required; tickets available here.

Saturdays, April 14 & 21: Spring Photographic Excursions.
All of our original and replica equipment will be used to demonstrate mixed and freight trains commonly operated on the old WW&F.
April 14th runs 6 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., and April 21st runs 6 a.m. into the evening. Both days will include the firing of No. 9 starting at 6 a.m. and 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 p.m. Several unique photo opportunities will be provided both days. Price is $150 per person April 14th, and $225 April 21st. Maximum attendance will be 25 people April 14th and 20 people on April 21st. Reserve your seat online at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com!

Friday – Sunday, April 27 – 29: Spring Work Weekend.
Come help extend our track and/or help with other projects on the railroad. Work is from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; lunch and supper are provided by the Museum to the volunteers. While the steam train will be running, it may be reserved for work crews. Limited train rides should be available for those not wishing to join the volunteer corps.

May 5 – July 1: The Rebirth of the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge.
We’ll be exhibiting and discussing the WW&F in the modern-era, from the founding of the Museum in 1989 to today.

Saturday, May 5: The start of our 2018 operating season and our Annual Meeting!
We start the 2017 weekend operating season with diesel trains and our Annual Meeting! Trains will depart Sheepscot station at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon and 1.30 p.m.
Annual Meeting: Come hear about our Museum’s accomplishments over the past year, our current state and plans for the future. The meeting will be held at the historic Alna Meeting House, 2 miles north of our Museum on Route 218, starting at 1 p.m.

Saturdays, May 12 & 19: Train Rides, Every Saturday.
Museum grounds open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. every Saturday. Trains run at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, and 1.30 p.m. Second Class trains (usually our Model T railcar) may run at 10:55AM, 12:25PM and 1:55PM – based on crew and equipment availability.
NOTE: Train rides are diesel powered and/or with our Model T inspection car (weather and crew permitting).

Saturday & Sunday, May 26 & 27: Memorial Day Weekend.
Kick off the start of the Summer season with steam! Museum grounds open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Steam trains run both days. Model T inspection car rides also available.
Trains run at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, 1.30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Second Class trains (usually our Model T railcar) may run at 10:55AM, 12:25PM and 1:55PM – based on crew and equipment availability.

Saturdays & Sundays, June 2 – 23: June Trains.
Museum grounds open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Most weekends, train rides are diesel powered and/or with our Model T inspection car (weather and crew permitting).
Trains run at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, 1.30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Second Class trains (usually our Model T railcar) may run at 10:55AM, 12:25PM and 1:55PM – based on crew and equipment availability.
NOTE: Steam trains will run on Father’s Day Weekend, June 17 & 18.

Saturdays & Sundays, June 30 – September 30: A Steamy Summer Season: Steam trains every weekend!
Museum grounds open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Steam trains run all weekend. Model T inspection car rides also available.
Trains run at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, 1.30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Second Class trains (usually our Model T railcar) may run at 10:55AM, 12:25PM and 1:55PM – based on crew and equipment availability.

July 7 – August 26: The Progressive Era in the Sheepscot Valley.
We’ll be exhibiting and discussing the Progressive Era in the Sheepscot Valley (1890-1920) – and how the changes in the area impacted the railway and its operations.

Saturday, July 7: July Ice Cream Social.
Join us for this summertime favorite! Ice cream will be served at Alna Center in the afternoon.
Trains run at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, 1.30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Second Class trains (usually our Model T railcar) may run at 10:55AM, 12:25PM and 1:55PM – based on crew and equipment availability.
NOTE: The ice cream is free!, but regular train fares apply.
Rain date: Sunday, July 8.

Saturday, July 28: Evening Concert.
Program to be announced!

Saturday & Sunday, August 11 & 12: Annual Picnic.
Museum grounds open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Food and fun for everyone. Picnic lunch available for purchase from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Large Yard Sale to benefit the museum.
NOTE: While trains continue to operate on the regular timetable, there are often extras, such as photo freights. Other items of interest (such as early gas engines) may be on display.

Saturday, August 25: August Ice Cream Social.
Join us for this summertime favorite! Ice cream will be served at Alna Center in the afternoon.
Trains run at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, 1.30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Second Class trains (usually our Model T railcar) may run at 10:55AM, 12:25PM and 1:55PM – based on crew and equipment availability.
NOTE: The ice cream is free!, but regular train fares apply.
Rain date: Sunday, August 26.

Saturday, August 25: Evening Concert.
Program to be announced!

September 1 – October  27: Agriculture and Industry in the Sheepscot Valley.
We’ll be exhibiting and discussing how the WW&F interrelated with the farms and factories that it served.

Saturdays & Sundays, September 8 – 30: Fall Steam Trains.
Museum grounds open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Most weekends, train rides are steam powered and/or with our Model T inspection car (weather and crew permitting).
Trains run at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, 1.30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Second Class trains (usually our Model T railcar) may run at 10:55AM, 12:25PM and 1:55PM – based on crew and equipment availability.
NOTE: Diesel trains may be substituted based on crew availability.

Saturday, September 8: Evening Concert.
Program to be announced!

Saturday, September 29: Fall Festival.
Museum grounds open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Steam trains run all day. Model T inspection car rides also available.
Trains run at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, 1.30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Second Class trains (usually our Model T railcar) may run at 10:55AM, 12:25PM and 1:55PM – based on crew and equipment availability.
NOTE: Family events include steam train rides, handcar rides, railcar rides, Model AA truck rides, children’s games, a pumpkin patch, music and light refreshments.

Saturday, September 29: Evening Train.
Program to be announced!

Friday – Monday, October 5 – 8: Fall Work Weekend.
Come help extend our track and/or help with other projects on the railroad. Work is from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; lunch and supper are provided by the Museum to the volunteers. Steam train may be running, but may be reserved for work crews. Train rides available for those not wishing to join the volunteer corps.

Saturdays, October 13 – October 27: Train Rides, Every Saturday.
Museum grounds open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. every Saturday. Trains run at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, and 1.30 p.m. Second Class trains (usually our Model T railcar) may run at 10:55AM, 12:25PM and 1:55PM – based on crew and equipment availability.
NOTE: Train rides are diesel powered and/or with our Model T inspection car (weather and crew permitting).

Saturdays, November thru December: Museum Open & volunteers working, no train rides.
Museum grounds open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Saturday. Volunteers are working, and the gift shop is open. However there will be no scheduled trains until Victorian Christmas.

Saturday, November 3: Albion Day.
Work crews gather at Albion to assist reconstruction of the station at the northern terminus of the original railroad.

Saturday, December 15: Victorian Christmas.
Museum grounds open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Steam and Diesel trains 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sleigh (or wagon) Rides 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Museum thanks its supporters, neighbors, and community with train rides, a horse-drawn sleigh/wagon, and a visit from Santa Claus at Alna Center!
NOTE: This is a FREE event, but donations are greatly appreciated!

Note: Details for certain events are still being developed. Please check back again for current information.

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