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Last Call for our Easter Eggspress March 31st!

Our 2018 Easter Eggspress will run on Saturday, March 31st!

Please join us for a special Easter egg hunting experience!

Easter Eggspress trains will leave Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Road, Alna) every 35 minutes from 11:25 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. headed to the egg hunt site at Alna Center.

At Alna Center, the egg hunt will be set up for three separate 3 age groups (0-3, 4-6, and 7 & up).

Since Easter egg hunts are for the young at heart, our normal child’s fare will apply to all! Train tickets are only $5.00 per person, and free age 3 and under.

Advance reservations are strongly encouraged; however, a limited portion of each trains capacity will be held for visitors without reservations. In addition, any tickets which aren’t reserved by the time of the event will also be available for walk-up passengers.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com.

Questions? Please call 207-882-4193, or email info@wwfry.org.

We hope you can join us on March 31st!

Join us for our Spring Photographic Excursions!

Saturdays, April 14th & 21st, 2018

April 14th will run 6 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., and April 21st 6 a.m. into the evening.

Mixed and freight trains like those commonly operated on the original Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum will be in operation using our original & replica equipment.

Both days will include the firing of No. 9 starting at 6 a.m. and day session photo train operating 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.  April 21st will also feature a staged and lit night scene starting at 6 p.m.

Several unique photo opportunities will be provided both days.

Price is $150 per person April 14th, and $225 April 21st.

Maximum attendance will be 25 people April 14th and 20 people on April 21st.

Each day’s event will proceed if at least 15 participants have reserved by Monday, April 2nd.

Reserve your seat online at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com!
Questions? Please write to reservations@wwfry.org

It’s March!

Restoration of Bridgton & Saco River Railroad boxcar #67 continues in our shops!  Mike Fox photo.

We’re starting another busy month, as our volunteers continue work on a number of projects, including our Mountain Extension, steam Locomotive #10 and B&SR boxcar #67. Saturdays and Wednesdays are usually our busiest days, with volunteers working on both indoor and outdoor projects, weather permitting. Details on our March work sessions can be found here.

We will end March with our first public trains of the 2018 season! Our Easter Eggspress trains will be running Saturday, March 31st, with trains leaving Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Road, Alna) every 35 minutes from 11:25 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., heading to the egg hunt site at Alna Center.

Since Easter egg hunts are for the young at heart, our normal child’s fare will apply to all! Train tickets are only $5.00 per person, and free age 3 and under. Advance tickets can be purchased online at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com.

And a reminder! Our Museum will be offering Spring Photographic Excursions next month, on April 14th and 21st. Both days will feature the firing of steam locomotive No. 9 starting at 6 a.m. and day session photo train operating 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. April 21st will also feature a staged and lit night scene starting at 6 p.m.

All of our original and replica equipment will be used to demonstrate mixed and freight trains commonly operated on the old WW&F during the photo events. Several unique photo opportunities will be provided both days.

Ticket prices are $150 for the April 14th day event, and $225 for the the April 21st day/evening event. Reserve your seat online at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com!

Our Easter Eggspress March 31st!

Our 2018 Easter Eggspress will run on Saturday, March 31st!

Please join us for a special Easter egg hunting experience!

Easter Eggspress trains will leave Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Road, Alna) every 35 minutes from 11:25 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. headed to the egg hunt site at Alna Center.

At Alna Center, the egg hunt will be set up for three separate 3 age groups (0-3, 4-6, and 7 & up).

Since Easter egg hunts are for the young at heart, our normal child’s fare will apply to all! Train tickets are only $5.00 per person, and free age 3 and under.

Advance reservations are strongly encouraged; however, a limited portion of each trains capacity will be held for visitors without reservations. In addition, any tickets which aren’t reserved by the time of the event will also be available for walk-up passengers.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com.

Questions? Please call 207-882-4193, or email info@wwfry.org.

We hope you can join us on March 31st!

Steam Train Snow Day February 17th!

Enjoy a winter day at the railway! Bring your snowshoes, cross-country skis, winter hiking gear, etc. and explore the serenity of the Maine outdoors on our secluded field and forest at the “Top of the Mountain”. Trails for snowshoeing will be marked; backcountry x-country skiing will be available along the mountain extension. Or, join the hardy corps of volunteers as they cut trees and burn brush to clear the right-of-way.

This is a self-guided rugged activity in the woods without facilities or conveniences, so please dress and plan appropriately. A hosted warming hut will be provided at Top of Mountain. Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor adventure or volunteering (which means you don’t mind them getting dirty or damaged).

Train tickets will be sold at reduced fare: $5.00 for this special one-day-only event!

Take the train from Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road in Alna) for the ride to the Top of the Mountain 2-1/2 miles to the north. Trains will leave Sheepscot station approximately every hour from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

In case of inclement weather, this event will be rescheduled to the following Saturday, 2/24/18.

February Activities!

February promises to be a busy month, as our volunteers continue work on a number of projects. Saturdays and Wednesdays are typically our busiest days, with volunteers working on both indoor and outdoor projects, weather permitting. Details on our February work sessions can be found here.

Saturday, February 17th will be a particularly busy day. Concurrent with the tree cutting activities along the Mountain Extension, public steam trains will be operating from our Museum in Sheepscot to the Top of Mountain for snowshoeing, backcountry x-country skiing, and related winter fun!

Our Museum will also have sales tables at the Augusta Armory on the 17th. The Whitefield Lions Club sponsors their Annual Model Railroad & Dollhouse Show every February at the armory.

We hope to see you in February!

Thank You, Mass Bay RRE!

WW&F Railway Museum president Dave Buczkowski (left) shakes hands with Mass Bay RRE president David Brown, following the announcement that the WW&F is the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund. Note the photo of WW&F #9 (alongside MRR #3) over David’s shoulder!

Today the Mass Bay Railroad Enthusiasts announced our Museum is one of 12 organizations that are recipients of Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Grants. The Mass Bay RRE established the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund in 2016 to support railroad preservation projects in New England.

The announcement was made at the Amherst Railway Society’s 50th annual Railroad Hobby Show January 27th at the Big E in West Springfield, MA.

The $1,000 grant to our Museum will aid in our work for the restoration of the historic Moose Brook bridge, and its relocation to serve as our Trout Brook bridge on our Mountain Extension to Route 218.

We are very grateful to the Mass Bay RRE for their support of our Museum. It has been the support like this from our many members and friends that has grown our Museum. Thank you!

WW&F at the Springfield, MA, Railroad Hobby Show Jan. 27 & 28!

Our Museum will be participating in the upcoming Railroad Hobby Show January 27th and 28th. The show, sponsored by the Amherst Railway Society, is held at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Please see www.railroadhobbyshow.com for more information about the show.

This event, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, 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.

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 2018 calendar.

This will be a good opportunity to sign up for our Spring Photographic Excursions, planned as two separate events on Saturday, April 14th and Saturday, April 21st. Both days will feature the firing of historic 1891 locomotive No. 9 starting at 6 a.m. and a day session photo train operating 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. April 21st will also feature a staged and lit night scene starting at 6 a.m.

During both events, all our original and replica equipment will be used to demonstrate mixed and freight trains commonly operated on the old WW&F Railway. Several unique photo opportunities will be provided both days.

Price is $150 per person April 14th, and $225 per person April 21st. You can reserve your seat at our sales table at the Railroad Hobby Show, or online at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com

We hope to see you in West Springfield January 27th & 28th!

A Busy January!

Happy New Year!

Our public trains are now done for the winter, but work continues on a number of projects as we grow our Museum, including tree removal for the installation of our new Trout Brook bridge later this year, as well as beyond our current end of track.

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

To end the month, we will be participating in the upcoming Railroad Hobby Show January 27th and 28th. The show, sponsored by the Amherst Railway Society, is located at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, Massachusetts. See www.railroadhobbyshow.com for more information about the show.