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.
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!
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.
Columbus Day Weekend – October 10 – 13 (Friday through Monday) – is the Museum’s annual Fall Work Weekend. We have many projects lined up for the volunteers.
Main line track extension – we will be laying track northward on our main line, and constructing a run-around switch.
Painting – the restrooms need painting.
Car storage shed – we will lay the foundations of the car storage shed (concrete pillars) and may even be able to start erecting poles.
Locomotive 9 restoration will continue
Meals – the Museum provides lunches all four days, and suppers Friday through Sunday evening.
Passenger trains will be operating on Saturday and Sunday, however the schedule will probably be off due to work crew supply needs. If you would like to ride that weekend, please allow extra time in your schedule.
This will be the last weekend of steam-powered trains until our Victorian Christmas celebration in December.
I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
If you’d like to say that you were “workin’ on the railroad” then come on by to help out! We can use labor of all kinds, skilled or not. As long as you are reasonably mobile we can use you. Work starts around 7 AM and ends most days around 5 PM.
Coming on Saturday, September 27 is our annual Fall Festival.
This year, we will have a Bluegrass Pickin’ Party! Local Bluegrass musicians will provide music for the festivities.
Additionally, we will have a pumpkin patch, children’s games, face painting, and hay rides in an antique truck. All festivities will happen at our Alna Center station. Trains depart our Sheepscot Station at our normal times.
Every year we raise funds to further our goal of restoration and preservation via an annual fund drive in the fall. Since the time of the inception of this annual drive more than 20 years ago, we have never failed to reach and surpass our drive goal. In the last several years the goal has been to raise $55,000, usually we raise between $57,000 and $60,000. This year we hope will be no exception.
Our hopes and goals have been outlined on a post on our Facebook Page, located HERE. We hope you will consider a tax-deductible donation to this worthy set of projects. A PayPal Donate button is available here on our webpage, as well as on Facebook.
We are pleased to announce that we anticipate operating steam for all open days during the month of September. This is of course subject to crew and equipment availability.
When the prior post was made, our normal operation in September is mostly diesel-hauled trains. However because of greater steam crew availability it was decided that we would be able to offer steam during all of our normal operating days in September.
September in Maine is a great month – warm days and cool nights, usually pretty sunny, with some nice foliage showing up later in the month. The high tourist season is over, so hotel rooms are available and traffic is manageable. Please come visit!