Upcoming Museum Events 2019

Our activity calendar for 2019.  Please note that effective January 1, 2019, ticket prices will rise to $10 for adults, $9 for seniors/members/military, and remain at $5 for children 4 – 12.   Children 3 and under remain free.  These ticket prices will hold for all events and regular operating days unless otherwise noted.

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.
Trains run at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, 1.30 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, July 13 & 14: Stuff a Boxcar

This weekend only, train rides are free – with your non-perishable food (or monetary) donation.  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.
Trains run at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, 1.30 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Saturday, July 27: Evening Concert – Jud Caswell

Join us for MUSIC ON THE RAILWAY at the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington’s Alna Center station. Park at Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) and take the train to Alna Center for the show. Train fare and parking at Sheepscot are included in the ticket price. Feel free to bring a blanket and picnic.

Maine’s Jud Caswell is a little bit like a one-man folk festival. You’ve got your banjo picking, your Irish drinking songs, a rack of acoustic instruments, and a deep catalog of award-winning originals. He’s often compared to James Taylor and David Wilcox, but his songs draw on a long musical history and wide-ranging influences from jazz and Piedmont blues to contemporary folk and rock.

Jud is currently celebrating the release of his sixth collection, “Watch The Fall.” This is his first CD of new material since 2007. The years between have been full of music and focusing on family, friends and community. The album reflects that focus. Early listeners have called it “homey and groovy and uplifting and thoughtful” — a “celebration of life, love, family, and all that is wonderful about midcoast Maine.”

Jud is a lifelong musician, but it wasn’t until 2004 that he was able to pursue music full-time. By 2008, Jud had made a name for himself on the national folk circuit, playing folk festivals from Texas to Oregon and winning some of the best songwriting contests in the country. His 2007 release “Blackberry Time” was a folk DJ favorite.

Since that time, Jud has continued to work as a performer, teacher and recording engineer. With the new CD, he is beginning to tour again, with dates booked in the mid-Atlantic and the northeast and more in the works. He is grateful, as always, to be making a living in music while making a life in Maine.

The concert train departs Sheepscot at 5PM sharp! Please arrive early to ensure a relaxed experience. Music at Alna Center is from 5:30PM to 7PM.

Online ticketing is available here.
Advance online ticketing will end at 8PM on Friday, July 26, and will be available at Sheepscot Station until 5PM the day of the concert.
Concerts are held rain or shine.

Saturday & Sunday, August 10 & 11: Annual Picnic – Celebrating the Museum’s 30th Anniversary!

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 24: Evening Concert – The Sandy River Ramblers.

Join us for MUSIC ON THE RAILWAY at the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington’s Alna Center station. Park at Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) and take the train to Alna Center for the show. Train fare and parking at Sheepscot are included in the ticket price. Feel free to bring a blanket and picnic.

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 Simons are two of the best pickers in the state, and 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 Reynolds has been widely praised. 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.

The concert train departs Sheepscot at 5PM sharp! Please arrive early to ensure a relaxed experience. Music at Alna Center is from 5:30PM to 7PM.

Online ticketing is available here.
Advance online ticketing will end at 8PM on Friday, August 23, and will be available at Sheepscot Station until 5PM the day of the concert.
Concerts are held rain or shine.

Saturday, August 31: August Ice Cream Social.

Join us for this summertime favorite! Ice cream will be served at Alna Center in the afternoon. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy fun and games.
Steam and diesel trains depart Sheepscot Station at: 10.30am,  10:55am, 12 noon,  12:25pm, 1.30 pm, 1:55pm and 3pm.
NOTE: The ice cream is free! (served starting at 12noon), but regular train fares apply.
Rain date: Sunday, September 1.

Saturdays & Sundays, September 8 – October 13: Fall Steam Trains.

Museum grounds open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Most weekends, train rides are steam powered.
Trains run at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, 1.30 p.m., and 3 p.m.
NOTE: Diesel trains may be substituted based on crew availability.

Saturdays & Sundays During the Harvest Season: Pumpkin Patch Trains

More information will be forthcoming.  Standard fares will apply.  Reservations may be required.

Saturday, September 14: Evening/Full Moon Ride.

The Full Moon/Evening train ride will have more information forthcoming.  Reservations may be required.

Saturday, September 28: Fall Festival.

Museum grounds open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Steam trains run all day.  Trains run at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, 1.30 p.m., and 3 p.m.
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 28: Evening Train.

Evening Train with “The Old Country Fiddler” Charles Ross Taggart presented by Adam Boyce. Special train fares apply.
More information will be forthcoming.  Reservations may be required.

Friday – Monday, October 11 – 14: 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 15 – October 31: Train Rides, Every Saturday.

Museum grounds open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. every Saturday. Trains run at 10.30am, 12noon, and 1.30pm.
NOTE: Train rides are diesel powered.

Saturday, October 26: Evening/Full Moon Train.

More information will be forthcoming.  Special fares apply.  Reservations may be required.

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 the Christmas Tree trains.

Saturday, November 2: Albion Day.

Work crews gather at Albion to assist reconstruction of the station at the northern terminus of the original railroad.

Saturdays & Sundays: Christmas Tree Trains
Weekends Between Thanksgiving and Christmas

In a partnership between the WW&F Railway Museum and SeaLyon Farm, trains will operate in the evenings between Sheepscot Station and the end of track at Top of the Mountain, from which passengers will disembark and travel a short distance to the SeaLyon tree farm where they may pick their tree.  The Railway will haul the tree back to Sheepscot.
The exact dates and schedules will be announced later.
Ticket prices are $15/adult, $10/children.
Tickets will need to be pre-reserved and will become available sometime in August.

Saturday, December 14: 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!
Tickets will need to be preordered, watch this space for details.
 

Note: Details for certain events are still being developed. Please check back again for current information. See you on the Narrow Gauge!

2019 Events Passed – What did you miss?:

Saturday January 19: Steam and Sleighs -Sheepscot Valley Winter Service

Saturday and Sunday of Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.  Travel back in time aboard the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway’s ‘Steam & Sleighs’ Winter Service for a beautiful winter journey through forests of Maine. Your ticket (which is good for travel on any of the trains throughout the day) includes Horse-Drawn sleigh rides at Alna Center station and access to our remote winter hiking, snowshoeing, and X/C ski trails adjacent to Trout Brook at Top of Mountain station. Hot drinks and facilities are provided at Alna Center station which is warmed by a potbelly stove. A warming bonfire will be provided at Top of Mountain Station, but there are no additional facilities at that remote location. If you care to engage in outdoor activities, please bring your own skis, snowshoes, or outdoor gear. This is a self-guided rugged activity in the woods without facilities or conveniences, please dress and plan appropriately.
Additional Details on our Facebook Page
Advance Tickets Required. Purchase Tickets Here.

Saturday and Sunday, January 26 and 27: Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show

Join the WW&F Railway Museum at the Amherst Railway Society’s annual Railroad Hobby Show at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass.   Our booth is in the Better Living Center building, near the Heroes and Legends Cafe.

Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17: Steam and Sleighs -Sheepscot Valley Winter Service

Saturday and Sunday of President’s Weekend.  Travel back in time aboard the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway’s ‘Steam & Sleighs’ Winter Service for a beautiful winter journey through forests of Maine. Your ticket (which is good for travel on any of the trains throughout the day) includes Horse-Drawn sleigh rides at Alna Center station and access to our remote winter hiking, snowshoeing, and X/C ski trails adjacent to Trout Brook at Top of Mountain station. Hot drinks and facilities are provided at Alna Center station which is warmed by a potbelly stove. A warming bonfire will be provided at Top of Mountain Station, but there are no additional facilities at that remote location. If you care to engage in outdoor activities, please bring your own skis, snowshoes, or outdoor gear. This is a self-guided rugged activity in the woods without facilities or conveniences, please dress and plan appropriately.
Additional Details on our Facebook Page
Advance Tickets Required. Purchase Tickets Here.

Saturday, April 20: 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 should be available within a month of Easter.

Friday – Sunday, April 26 – 28: 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.

Saturday, May 4: The start of our 2019 operating season and our Annual Meeting!

We start the 2019 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 2 p.m.

Saturday, May 11: Train Rides.

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.   All trains are based on crew and equipment availability.

Saturday, May 11: Mother’s Day Tea

If you have a special mother in your life who you would like to treat to a unique experience, join us for our Mother’s Day Tea on May 12th! We’ll treat Mom to a lovely day out with a full English-style tea complete with locally sourced cakes, scones, sandwiches and teas, a lovely springtime gift to bring home. For the entirety of your visit with us, we’ll help you make it a special and unforgettable day for Mom.

Our Mother’s Day Tea train will depart from Sheepscot station at 12 noon aboard a reserved car.  Advance reservations, available below, will help us prepare for your arrival!
Additional Details on our Facebook Page
Advance Tickets Required. Purchase Tickets Here.

Saturday, May 18: Train Rides.  Evening/Full Moon Ride

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.   All trains are based on crew and equipment availability.

Full Moon/Evening train: Enjoy a trip from Sheepscot to Alna Center station just before sunset. At Alna Center, enjoy a bonfire, watching the sunset, and a presentation on narrow gauge railroading by WW&F Railway superintendent Jason Lamontagne. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase on site. After sunset the train will depart Alna Center amidst the warm glow of oil lamps for a unique steam train ride through the darkness back to Sheepscot.
Additional Details on our Facebook Page
Advance Tickets Recommended. Purchase Tickets Here.

Saturday & Sunday, May 26 & 27: Memorial Day Weekend and World War I Reenactment Camp.

Board the train and take a trip in 1918 as the Great War raged in Europe.  Come see WW1 living historians practice maneuvers and military drill. Also see original artifacts from the front as well as the home front. Trains run at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, 1.30 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Saturdays & Sundays, June 1 – 30: June Trains.

Museum grounds open 9am – 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Most weekends, train rides are steam powered.
Trains run at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, 1.30 p.m., and 3 p.m.
NOTE: Diesel trains may be substituted based on crew availability.

Saturday, June 22: Evening Concert – Darlin’ Corey

Join us for MUSIC ON THE RAILWAY at the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington’s Alna Center station. Park at Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) and take the train to Alna Center for the show. Train fare and parking at Sheepscot are included in the ticket price. Feel free to bring a blanket and picnic.

As a duo, Matt Shipman and Erica Brown (Darlin’ Corey) feature 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

MATT SHIPMAN
Calling Maine his home for many years, Matt is no stranger to the performance circuit throughout New England and afar. Having studied and played traditional music for many years, Matt is also a songwriter. He plays guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and clawhammer banjo. As well as performing with Darlin’ Corey, Matt can be heard playing with Erica Brown & The Bluegrass Connection and most recently, Josephine County. Matt has put out 2 of his own recordings as well as with High Range, Darlin’ Corey and most recently East to the West with Josephine County.

ERICA BROWN
Erica developed an interest in music at an early age. At the age of seven, she was competing in fiddle contests with kids twice her age. At age nine, she was traveling throughout New England, Canada, and even Louisiana with the Maine French Fiddlers. Erica also performed as a special guest with Mac McHale And The Old-Time Radio Gang for five years.

As well as performing with Darlin’ Corey and Josephine County, she also has her own bluegrass band, Erica Brown & The Bluegrass Connection, which performs all over New England. Her talent for combining the precision of classical music with the spontaneity of country and bluegrass fiddle makes for a fun-filled performance every time she plays.

Performance highlights include opening for Grammy award winning country music superstar Dwight Yoakam, as well as Grammy award winning bluegrass performer Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.

“For the music of her heritage and her age, there’s no one any better.”- Don Roy

“One of the best fiddlers in Maine… The kind of musician who gives musicians a good name.”- Darol Anger

The concert train departs Sheepscot at 5PM sharp! Please arrive early to ensure a relaxed experience. Music at Alna Center is from 5:30PM to 7PM.

Online ticketing is available here.
Advance online ticketing will end at 8PM on Friday, June 21, and will be available at Sheepscot Station until 5PM the day of the concert.
Concerts are held rain or shine.

Saturday, July 6: July Ice Cream Social.

Join us for this summertime favorite! Ice cream will be served at Alna Center in the afternoon. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy fun and games.
Steam and diesel trains depart Sheepscot Station at: 10.30am,  10:55am, 12 noon,  12:25pm, 1.30 pm, 1:55pm and 3pm.
NOTE: The ice cream is free! (served starting at 12noon), but regular train fares apply.
Rain date: Sunday, July 9.

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