Upcoming Museum Events

NOTE: The museum is temporarily CLOSED until further notice, in accordance with CDC guidelines in regards to the COVID-19 (aka “coronavirus”) pandemic. Please keep an eye on this page for further updates regarding Spring events and start of our train service.

Sheepscot Valley Service, Spring 2020:

Regular Saturday trains begin Saturday, May 2nd. (Except no trains on Saturday May 16th.) 
Regular Sunday trains begin Sunday, May 24th. 

Saturdays, January thru April: Museum Open & volunteers working, no train rides. – CANCELLED.
Museum grounds open 9:00am – 3:00pm every Saturday. Volunteers are working, and the gift shop is (generally) open. However there will be no scheduled trains except for Steam and Sleighs and Easter Eggspress.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH RECOMMENDATIONS PROVIDED BY THE CDC TO HELP CURTAIL THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 (aka “coronavirus”,) THERE IS NO PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE MUSEUM GROUNDS UNTIL AT LEAST MAY 2ND, 2020.

Saturday, April 11: Easter Eggspress – CANCELLED.
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. 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 required.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH RECOMMENDATIONS PROVIDED BY THE CDC TO HELP CURTAIL THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 (aka “coronavirus”,) THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Friday – Sunday, April 24 – 26: Spring Work Weekend.
Come help extend our track and/or help with other projects on the railroad. Work is from 7:00am – 5:00pm; 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. (And if you are bringing along “someone special” for the weekend who may not be all that into “the railroad”, be sure to check out the Special Activities…)

Friday – Monday, April 24 – 27: Special Activities! – CANCELLED.
We get it. Working on the railroad “all the live long day” is not for everyone. Thus, our friends at Wiscasset Woods Lodge are hosting WW&F Spring Work Weekend Special Activities. These are geared for the railroad enthusiast’s “better half” to enjoy while the WW&F is Rebuilding Maine History. Offerings include a Homemade Ravioli Cooking Class, a Wine Tour, Wiscasset Walking Tour, and even a Beer Tour (on Monday 4/27, ’cause that railroad worker is going to be mighty thirsty!) Visitors do not need to be staying at Wiscasset Woods Lodge to participate – but advance reservations are required (and must be booked by March 27th!)
IN RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, ALL SPECIAL ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.

Saturday, May 2: The start of our 2020 operating season and our Annual Meeting!
We start the 2020 weekend operating season with diesel trains and our Annual Meeting! Trains will depart Sheepscot station at 10:30am, 12 noon and 1:30pm. At the Annual Meeting, you’ll 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 2pm.

Saturday, May 9th: Train Rides.
Museum grounds open 9:00am – 3:00pm. Trains depart from Sheepscot station at 10:30am, 12 noon, and 1:30pm.   All trains are based on crew and equipment availability.

Saturday, May 9th: 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 9th! 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 will be required for this event – details will be coming soon.

Saturday, May 16th: Spring Training – MUSEUM CLOSED.
On Saturday, May 16, 2020 the Museum will be closed to the general public. No trains will be operating so to allow a full-day orientation and training session for our dedicated volunteer crews.
Interested in volunteering? Please contact us!


Sheepscot Valley Service, Summer 2020:

Trains run Saturdays and Sundays; Museum grounds open from 9am – 3pm every weekend. 

Saturday & Sunday, May 23 & 24: Memorial Day Weekend and Book Signing.
Museum grounds open 9:00am – 3:00pm. Trains depart from Sheepscot station at 10:30am, 12 noon, 1:30pm and 3:00pm. All trains are based on crew and equipment availability. On Saturday ONLY, author Bill Kenny will be signing copies of his new book “A History of Maine Railroads.

Saturdays & Sundays, June 6 – September 27: Summer in Sheepscot – Steam trains every weekend!
Museum grounds open 9:00am – 3:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Most weekends, train rides are steam powered.
Trains depart from Sheepscot station at 10:30am, 12 noon, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm. NOTE: Diesel trains may be substituted based on crew availability.

Saturday & Sunday, June 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 depart from Sheepscot station at 10:30am, 12 noon, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm.

Saturday, June 27: Evening Concert – Rough Sawn.
Rough Sawn, back by popular demand, will be kicking off the The Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway’s 3rd annual Music on the Railway Concert Series. Rough Sawn is a local string band composed of farmers and carpenters – true salt of the earth people. They are renowned for their excellent covers of classic country, bluegrass, folk and Western swing as well as timeless originals. They’ve played local farmers markets, breweries, and other events. Their four part harmonies are not something you’re going to want to miss.
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 a picnic supper (BYOB – but please enjoy responsibly.) More information (including food and beverage options) will be available in the coming weeks.
Train departs Sheepscot at 4:30pm sharp! Please arrive early to ensure a relaxed experience. Music at Alna Center is from 5:00pm to 7pm Get your tickets and more information at: http://wwfry.eventbrite.com. Concerts are held rain or shine.

Saturday, July 4: July Ice Cream Social.
Join us on Independence Day for this summertime favorite! Ice cream will be served at Alna Center in the afternoon. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy fun and games.
Trains depart from Sheepscot station Station at: 10:30am,  10:55am, 12 noon,  12:25pm, 1.30 pm, 1:55pm and 3:00pm.
NOTE: The ice cream is free! (served starting at 12noon), but regular train fares apply. Rain date: Sunday, July 5.

Saturday, July 11: Alna Day and Maine’s Bicentennial.
We’re having a home-town party – and you’re invited as we celebrate all-things Alna, and our state’s Bicentennial! Special activities and events will be running all through our town, including lectures, open houses, tours, horse-drawn wagon rides, and (of course) steam trains on the WW&F.
Trains depart depart from Sheepscot station at: 10:30am,  10:55am, 12 noon,  12:25pm, 1.30 pm, 1:55pm and 3:00pm.
NOTE: Alna residents ride FREE on Alna day!

Saturday, July 25: Evening Concert – Pejepscot Station.
Pejepscot Station will be joining us for the second concert of the The Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway’s 3rd annual Music on the Railway Series. Pejepscot Station is a high-energy bluegrass band comprised of veteran musicians hailing from the mid-coast Maine area. It features Jim McLaughlin on mandolin, guitar and fiddle, Stephen “Satch” Hatch on guitar, Cherie “Peachblossom” Howard on bass, Russ Donahue on mandolin and guitar, and Ren Bernier on banjo. Vocals are shared by all. Based in the village of Pejepscot (in Topsham, ME), the band has been performing throughout southern Maine since forming in 2011. Their repertoire is a mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass, Americana, and some “bluegrassified” favorites thrown in. Broad vocal harmonies and an informal and relaxed stage presence make for an enjoyable and fun show appropriate for all.
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 a picnic supper (BYOB – but please enjoy responsibly.) More information (including food and beverage options) will be available in the coming weeks.
Train departs Sheepscot at 4:30pm sharp! Please arrive early to ensure a relaxed experience. Music at Alna Center is from 5:00pm to 7pm. Get your tickets and more information at: http://wwfry.eventbrite.com. Concerts are held rain or shine.

Saturday & Sunday, August 8 & 9: Annual Picnic!
Museum grounds open 9:00am – 3:00pm. Food and fun for everyone. Picnic lunch available for purchase from 11:00am – 2:00pm.
NOTE: While trains continue to operate on the regular timetable, there are often extras, such as photo freights, which may alter the schedule slightly. Other items of interest (such as early gas engines) may be on display.

Saturday, August 22: Evening Concert – Fremont Street String Band.
Fremont Street String Band is a 5-piece Down East Maine bluegrass band. Formed in the storybook town of Machias, this band personifies the daring spirit and raw boldness of her rocky shore and the intriguing muses of her dense forests. They push the boundaries of musical convention, innovating and reinvigorating classic tunes, without sacrificing the heart and guts of America’s musical heritage. Their original songs are about Maine, love, life, and everything that matters. Engaging and energetic, this band breathes life into its audiences and leaves them feeling more alive and closer to their wild roots.
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 a picnic supper (BYOB – but please enjoy responsibly.) More information (including food and beverage options) will be available in the coming weeks.
Train departs Sheepscot at 4:30pm sharp! Please arrive early to ensure a relaxed experience. Music at Alna Center is from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Get your tickets and more information at: http://wwfry.eventbrite.com. Concerts are held rain or shine.

Saturday, August 29: August Ice Cream Social.
Join us for as we close out the summer with a celebration of this seasonal favorite. Ice cream will be served at Alna Center in the afternoon. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy fun and games.
Trains depart from Sheepscot station at: 10:30am,  10:55am, 12 noon,  12:25pm, 1.30 pm, 1:55pm and 3:00pm.
NOTE: The ice cream is free! (served starting at 12noon), but regular train fares apply. Rain date: Sunday,  August 30.


Sheepscot Valley Service, Fall 2020:

Autumn in Alna: Trains run Saturdays and Sundays September 5 – October 11; Museum grounds open from 9am – 3pm every weekend.
Trains depart from Sheepscot station at 10:30am, 12 noon, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm.

Saturday & Sunday, September 19 & 20: 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.  On Saturday, trains run at 10:30am, 12 noon, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, and an extra 4:30pm trip which will include a special historic presentation with the reenactors. On Sunday, trains run at 10:30am, 12 noon, 1:30pm and 3:00pm.

Saturday, September 26: Fall Festival.
Museum grounds open 9:00am – 3:00pm. Steam trains run all day.  Trains depart from Sheepscot station at 10:30am, 10:55am, 12 noon, 12:25pm, 1:30pm, 1:55pm and 3:00pm.
NOTE: Family events typically include steam train rides, handcar rides, Model AA truck hayrides, children’s games, a pumpkin patch, music and light refreshments.

Saturday, September 26: Evening Concert – Old Hat Duo.
OldHat is an acoustic string band based out of Eliot, Maine. Fusing tight vocal harmonies with a lively string band rhythm section, OldHat’s sound draws from bluegrass, old time, folk, and country traditions. The duo is comprised of Whitney Roy (Guitar, Vocals) and Steve Roy (Mandolin, Fiddle, Vocals) Whitney lilting vocals provide the backbone of OldHat’s vocal blend, while her solid rhythm guitar anchors the bands rhythm section. Steve is one of New England’s premier multi-instrumentalists, and has performed and toured with many of the the acoustic world’s top acts.
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 a picnic supper (BYOB – but please enjoy responsibly.) More information (including food and beverage options) will be available in the coming weeks.
Train departs Sheepscot at 4:30pm sharp! Please arrive early to ensure a relaxed experience. Music at Alna Center is from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Get your tickets and more information at: http://wwfry.eventbrite.com. Concerts are held rain or shine.

Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze Trains – Celebrate the Harvest Season.
In partnership with SeaLyon farms, passengers on the 10:30am, 12noon, and 1:30pm trains on 10/3, 10/4, and 10/10 and 10/11 may disembark at Top of the Mountain station to visit SeaLyon’s pumpkin patch, corn maze, and farmstand.
Standard fares will apply.  (Pumpkins purchased separately.)
NOTE: Dates may be subject to change due to the timing of the pumpkin harvest and farmhand availability.

Saturday, October 3: Evening Talk – Sebago Lake Distilling.
Join us for a presentation on the history of Rum making (in Maine!) and a Rum tasting by Sebago Lake Distilling. Ride the train (4:30pm departure from Sheepscot station) to Alna Center where we’ll learn (and taste) the offerings of the distillery, and their attempt to revive Maine’s rich heritage in Rum making. This is a 21+ event. Please partake responsibly.

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 may be running, but may be reserved for work crews. Train rides available for those not wishing to join the volunteer corps.


Winter on the WW&F, 2020:

Museum grounds open from 9am – 3pm every Saturday. Trains run for the following special events. 

Select Saturdays in November: Rock the Mountain.
Work crews gather at Sheepscot Station for an all-day rock festival! That is – ballasting; down the mountain. Come join us – all ages/abilities welcome to volunteer for a few hours, or all day!

Saturday, December 12: Victorian Christmas.
Museum grounds open 9:30am – 4pm.
Due to extraordinarily high demand for this event, details are still being developed for 2020. Stay tuned!

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 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. More details/dates will be announced later.

Note:  Many special events require advance reservations and/or special tickets. Details for certain events are still being developed and all events are subject to change. Please check our Facebook page for current information – up to the day of the event. See you on the Narrow Gauge!


PLEASE NOTE
The WW&F Railway reserves the right to cancel and/or adjust train operations based on equipment and crew availability, and/or hazardous weather conditions. All cancellations or reductions in service will be announced on the Railway’s Facebook page and web site as soon as practicable.  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.

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