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News, events, and other tidbits about the WW&F Railway Museum

A Busy February!

It’s been a busy February here at our Museum! Work continues on a number of projects, including restoration of Bridgton & Saco River box car #67 and doors for our new car barn.

Saturdays are typically our busiest day, with volunteers working on both indoor and outdoor projects, weather permitting. Details on our February work sessions can be found here.

We will be participating in the Whitefield Lions Club Model Railroad and Dollhouse Show February 20th at the Augusta Armory, 179 Western Avenue in Augusta. Show hours will be 10 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. Please stop by and say hi!

Hard to believe, but it’s just a little over a month until we run our first steam trains — our Spring Photographic Excursion March 25th and our Easter Eggspress March 26th!

WW&F At Railroad Hobby Show Jan 30 & 31

We will be participating in the upcoming Railroad Hobby Show January 30th and 31st. The show, sponsored by the Amherst Railway Society, is located at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, Massachusetts.  See for more information about the show.

Our sales table will be in the Young Building, section 78, near the “Heroes and Legends” cafe — in the area popularly known as “narrow gauge corner.”  Many items available in our gift shop will be available at the show, including our 2016 calendar.

This event is one of the largest railroad hobby shows in the United States. Proceeds from the show are used by the Amherst Railway Society to promote interest in railroads, including donations to rail museums, historical societies, restoration projects and scholarship funds. Over the years, the ARS has generously donated to restoration efforts by our Museum.

We hope to see you there!

Annual Picnic, Aug 8 & 9, 2015

Join us on August 8 and 9, 2015 for the Annual Picnic and Yard Sale:

  • Steam train rides both days
  • Picnic food on sale 11 AM – 3 PM
  • Music by Bitter Brew from 11 AM to 1 PM, on the Sheepscot station platform
  • Mid-day Saturday memorial to our friend Julius Stuck at Alna Center station
  • Yard sale both days 9 AM to 4 PM.  Proceeds to benefit our Archives.
  • Saturday photographer’s train after 4:30 PM.

The Model T railcar will be available to follow all trains, handcar rides will be available in the yard, and antique engines and tractors will be on display as well.

See the Annual Picnic flyer for more info.

Easter Eggspress April 4, 2015

Photo courtesy of Stephen Hussar

Join us April 4, 2015 from noon to 3 PM for our annual Easter Eggspress!  Help us celebrate Easter and the return of Spring (at least the calendar tells it’s Spring).   This is our first public trains of the year.  Steam trains will depart Sheepscot Station roughly every hour from noon to 3 PM that day, take you to Alna Center Station where the Easter Bunny has hidden eggs all over the place.  Locate a golden egg and a large basket of goodies is yours!  Separate egg hunts will be held each trip for children 5 and under and children 6 and older. If the golden egg is not found, the basket will go to the child who finds the most eggs.

Since Easter egg hunts are for the young at heart, our normal child’s fare will apply to all!  Train tickets are only $4.00 per person, and free under age 3.

Because of the heavy snow this winter, we recommend that everyone wear boots and other winter gear, as chances are good that there will still be snow and/or mud on the ground in the egg hunt area.

Winter Work Weekend Note

The Museum’s Winter Work Weekend is always held on President’s Weekend, ending in President’s Day (so that volunteers can work the holiday Monday).  This year that’s Feb 14 – 16.  Due to an error in the WW&F Museum calendar, the calendar has the Work Weekend on the following weekend, February 21 – 23.

The Winter Work Weekend will be held on Feb 14 – 16, President’s Day Weekend, and not on the weekend shown in the calendar.

Our apologies for any confusion this may have caused.

WW&F At Railroad Hobby Show Jan 24 & 25

The WW&F will have two locations at the upcoming Railroad Hobby Show on January 24 and 25.  The show, sponsored by the Amherst Railway Society, is located at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, Massachusetts.  See HERE for more information about the show.

The WW&F’s primary location is our sales table in the Young Building, section 78, near the “Heroes and Legends” cafe.  Many items available in our gift shop will be at the show, including our 2015 calendar.

Our second location will be in the Mallory building, section 142 (the main area along the main aisle).  Here, we’ll be displaying our Model T Railcar.

We hope to see you there!

Victorian Christmas Saturday December 20

The train is on the way to see Santa Claus

Saturday, December 20 2014 is our annual Victorian Christmas celebration.  Train rides today are free!

First train departs Sheepscot Station at 11 AM – travels to Alna Center where riders can disembark to visit Santa Claus, ride behind a horse-drawn wagon or sleigh (depending on snow level), enjoy a bonfire, and light refreshments before returning to Sheepscot.  The last train departs at 3 PM.

Patrons who decide to stay between trains should count on an hour-and-a-half visit.  Also there’s often a long line to take the train, which could be another hour.  There are light refreshments in the gift shop.  While you wait, guests are free to tour our facilities.

This event will be held rain, snow, sleet, or shine.

Saturday, December 6 Trains FYI

Our normal train schedule for Saturday, December 6 2014 will be suspended, due to needing “all hands on deck” for the erection of roof trusses for our new car barn.

The scheduled roof truss erection has been postponed due to inclement weather until Saturday December 13 (weather permitting, as always). So trains are back to being scheduled to operate. However with the cold rain we will be surprised if anyone shows up for a ride!

Locomotive 9 Steam Test!

After 5+ years of restoration work, Locomotive #9 reached a critical milestone today – a steam test of the boiler and appliances.  While the locomotive is no where near ready – as you can see from the pictures, it’s missing the cab, the tank, and a bunch of other little things – the test was necessary to check for steam leaks.  The boiler had undergone several hydro pressure tests in preceding weeks, which helped to eliminate other leaks.

Rick tends the fire. The buckets contain coal.
Rick and Jason (standing) test the Eames Vacuum brake steam parts, while Eric (seated) applies graphite to the backhead.
Hansel blows the first whistle of #9 coming back to life.

We anticipate operation in 2015.

For more info see this post on our Facebook page.