2020 Special Services
Public train rides will run every-other Saturday until September 19th. Trains will run every Saturday from September 26th through October 24th. All trains depart Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Road, Alna, Maine) at the dates and times listed below. Advance tickets are required for all trains. Due to limited seating capacity, vouchers and passes can NOT be redeemed in 2020.
September 26 and October 3, 10, 17, 24, 25 & 31:
Pumpkin Pickin’ Trains to SeaLyon Farm
Enjoy a train ride to SeaLyon Farm to pick your very own pumpkin from their pumpkin patch. Farmstand and other goodies will also be open. (Pumpkins and farmstand goods purchased separately.) Trains depart Sheepscot at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM. A Harvest Bonfire Train will also run at 5:00PM. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.
Friday – Monday, October 9 – 12: Fall Work Weekend.
Due to the restrictions on large group gatherings this event is cancelled. We look forward to seeing all our friends from near and far in 2021.
December 12: Victorian Christmas
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we regret that Victorian Christmas will not be offered in 2020. Please look for safe winter activities in 2021, including our popular “Steam and Sleighs”.
Jan/Feb 2021: Steam and Sleighs to SeaLyon Farm
We’re finalizing plans for an unforgettable way to celebrate winter in Maine. Join us for “Steam and Sleighs to SeaLyon Farm” on select Saturdays in January and February. Check this space soon for more information and tickets on this weather-permitting activity.
In light of the emergent COVID-19 situation and its potential to impact our operations, we have made adjustments to our public cancellation statement (found below) to protect both the resources of the railway and the safety of our visitors.
The WW&F Railway reserves the right to cancel and/or adjust train operations based on equipment and crew availability, lack of sales, and/or any hazardous conditions, including weather. All cancellations or reductions in service will be announced on the Railway’s Facebook page and web site as soon as practicable. Ticket holders may cancel tickets for any reason for a full refund up to 5 days before their ticketed departure. Any tickets purchased for cancelled trains will be fully refunded to the purchaser.
2020 Events Passed:
What did you miss? Get a sneak peek into what we may be planning for 2021…
January 25 & 26 and February 15 & 16:
Steam and Sleighs – Sheepscot Valley Winter Service.
Experience an unforgettable day at the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway during ‘Steam and Sleighs’. Ride the 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 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.
Steam and Sleighs will be held Snow or Shine. In the event of inclement or 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. This is a self-guided rugged activity in the woods without facilities or conveniences, please dress and plan appropriately.
Saturday and Sunday, January 25 and 26: 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. Be sure to stop in and say “hi”; a wide variety of selections from our Gift Shop will be on sale.
Saturday February 1: Sheepscot Valley Winter Service.
Steam train rides through the winter woods of Alna. Trains depart Sheepscot station at 10:30am and 12:00pm for a 40-minute ride to “Top of the Mountain” and return.
Saturday February 15: Whitefield Lion’s Club Annual Model Railroad & Dollhouse Show.
Join the WW&F Railway Museum at the Whitefield Lion’s Club Annual Model Railroad & Dollhouse Show at the Augusta Armory in Augusta, Maine. Be sure to stop in and say “hi”; a wide variety of selections from our Gift Shop will be on sale.
June 20 & 27th and July 4, 11, 18, 25th: Rock the Mountain!
Work crews gather at 8:30 AM for a morning (or all-day) rock festival! That is – ballasting; down the mountain. Come join us – all ages/abilities welcome to volunteer for the morning or all day! Click here for more details.
August 7 & 8: Reopening Excursion to Milepost 8
First passenger trains down “The Mountain” to (but not over) Trout Brook bridge since 1933. Departs Sheepscot at 5:00 PM. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.
August 8: Grand Reopening and Annual Picnic
Trains depart Sheepscot at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.
August 22, Sept. 5, & Sept. 19: Ice Cream EGGspress
Enjoy a train ride to Alna Center for ice cream and an Easter-style egg hunt. Family fun for kids of all ages. Departs Sheepscot at 1:00 and 3:00PM. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.
August 22, Sept. 5, & Sept. 19:
Picnic Dinner and Campfire Starlight Specials
Enjoy a train ride to Alna Center for a picnic dinner and music/entertainment as the sun goes down and daylight fades. Departs Sheepscot at 5:00 and 7:00PM. Click for details and tickets on Evening Picnic and Campfire Special trains. (No 7pm train on 8/22.)
August 22; Sept. 5, 19, 26; & Oct 3: Handcar Hops!
Your group of 2-4 (ages 12 and up) get a self-powered 90-minute handcar (aka “pump car”) tour of the WW&F mainline. Departs Sheepscot at 9:00AM (and 11:00AM on 9/19). Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.