Due to the COVID-19 (aka “coronavirus”) pandemic, the museum is not offering public train service until August 7, 2020. After that date, trains will be “advance purchase only” and consist of a number of exciting special events designed to keep passengers safe while having a trainload of fun!
2020 Special Services
Public train rides begin Friday, August 7th and will run every-other Saturday until October 2nd. Trains will run every Saturday from October 2nd through 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.
June 20 & 27th and July 4, 11, 18th: 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: Opening Special 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.
August 8: Annual Picnic
First and Second Class trains depart Sheepscot at 11:00, 11:30 AM, 1:00, 1:30, 3:00, and 3:30 PM. Click here for more details.
August 22, Sept. 5, & Sept. 19: 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 9:00 and 11:00AM.
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.
August 22, Sept. 5, & Sept. 19:
Evening Picnic and Campfire Starlight Specials
Enjoy a train ride to Alna Center for a picnic dinner (self-provided) and music/entertainment as the sun goes down and daylight fades. Departs Sheepscot at 5:00 and 7:00PM.
September 26 and October 3, 10, 17, & 24:
Pumpkin Pickin’ Trains
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 times that will be determined based on current guidelines for safe public gatherings.
Friday – Monday, October 9 – 12: 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 will be running, but may be reserved for work crews.
December 12: Victorian Christmas
Trains start operating at 10 AM and operate as frequently as possible until 3 PM. Visit Santa, enjoy hot coco and homemade goodies. Model trains on display, plus crafts, horse-drawn wagon/sleigh rides, and other family activities. This event will not occur if restrictions placed on large gatherings are in effect.
Advance reservations required; ticketing procedure tbd.
Tickets for all 2020 Special Services will be on sale shortly!
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.