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

Last call for a Maine Two-Foot Winter!

In partnership with the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum and the Boothbay Railway Village, the WW&F will host a once-in-a-lifetime winter steam event, designed to provide unique photographic opportunities of winter operations typical on the Maine Two-Footers 100 years ago.

See equipment from all five Maine Two-Footers in operation! — Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes No. 6/Kennebec Central No. 4/WW&F No. 9, Monson No. 3 and B&SR coach No. 11, plus other historic equipment!

Our first weekend (Saturday & Sunday, January 14 & 15, 2017) is sold out, but there are a few remaining seats available for Saturday & Sunday, January 21 & 22, 2017.

Price is $400 per weekend session. For further details, please email reservations@wwfry.org or click this link.

Victorian Christmas Saturday, December 17th!

Please join us for Victorian Christmas as we celebrate the Holiday season Saturday, December 17th!

Steam and diesel trains will depart Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna, ME) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to transport Holiday revelers for a visit with Santa and sleigh(*) rides at Alna Center station. Light refreshments will be available.

All train and sleigh(*) rides will be FREE as our way of saying “Thank You” to our Sheepscot Valley neighbors for your generous support this past year!

When you arrive at Sheepscot, please pick up your free train tickets at the small building near the street. You will be told which train to take and the approximate time for the train.

Sleigh(*) rides will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The last train to depart Sheepscot station for a sleigh ride will be at 2 p.m.

(*)In the event of too little snow, horse-drawn wagon rides will be offered instead of sleigh rides.

Happy Holidays!

Join us for Albion Day November 5th!

The first Saturday of November, our Museum volunteers travel north to Albion station to help our friends at the Albion Historical Society maintain the WW&F Railway station and surrounding grounds there. This was the northern-most point of the railroad for many years!

This year, we will be at Albion on November 5th. Members will meet at Sheepscot at 7.30 a.m. for the journey north to 86 Benton Road in Albion. Anticipated activities will include track work, ballasting, brush cutting, and re-railing a derailed car! Lunch will be provided by AHS’ members Phil and Janet Dow.

We hope you can join us!

Join us for Fall Work Weekend October 7th through 10th!

Each year since 1997, volunteers from around the country and overseas travel to the Museum in late April and over the Columbus Day weekend to help work on numerous projects at the Museum.  This fall, we have the following projects planned:

• Shingle Mill spur construction at Top of the Mountain
• Woods track construction at Sheepscot
• Main Line track maintenance
• Telephone work
• Sheepscot Turntable track lead construction
• and several other projects as well!

Steam-powered passenger trains will be operating on Saturday and Sunday. This will be the last weekend of steam-powered trains until our Victorian Christmas celebration December 17th.

Please come help us build and maintain our Museum!

Celebrate Fall on the WW&F September 24th!

Take the train from Sheepscot station Saturday, September 24th, to our annual Fall Festival at Alna Center station!  Activities at Alna Center will include children’s games, a pumpkin patch and pumpkin painting, music featuring Bluegrass Pickin’, light refreshments and more!  Ride our steam train, Model AA truck, Model T rail car and railroad hand car.  Trains will operate on our regular schedule from Sheepscot:  10 and 11 a.m., and 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30 p.m.  We hope you can join us!

Thank You, NNG Conventioneers!

It’s hard to believe, but after many, many months of planning and anticipation, the 36th National Narrow Gauge Convention has come and gone! Based on all reports we heard from both the public and our Museum volunteers who presented clinics, staffed our Museum table, hosted the WW&F bus tour or were otherwise directly involved with convention activities at Augusta, the convention was a great success. Congratulations to the convention organizers for planning and executing this well-run event!

It was a pleasure meeting old and new friends the past nine days. It certainly was a hectic week, but a very enjoyable one as well. We hope the hundreds who visited our Museum had as good a time as we did. Thank you for visiting us and your support!

Welcome National Narrow Gauge Conventioneers!

With our state’s rich two-footer history, Maine will serve as host for the 2016 National Narrow Gauge Convention! Convention activities will be based at the Augusta Civic Center Wednesday, September 7th through Saturday, September 10th. Well over 1,000 people from around the world are expected to attend the event! Along with Maine’s other two-foot railroads, the WW&F will be actively involved in the Convention activities, including:

— Convention clinics at the Civic Center:
* James Patten will present the Past, Present and Future of the WW&F Museum, currently scheduled in the Capital room for Wednesday at 6.30 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m.; and
* Jason Lamontagne and Eric Schade will present the Restoration of WW&F Locomotive No. 9, currently scheduled in the Pine Tree room for Thursday at 11 a.m. and Friday at 8 a.m.
Please see the Convention schedule for any updates to these clinics.

Our Museum will be open afternoons Monday through Friday, September 5th through 9th, with steam trains operating on the hour from noon to 4 p.m. We are normally open Saturdays and Sundays during the summer season but we will be open daily during the Convention week. We hope all Conventioneers will have the opportunity to visit our Museum the weekends before or after the Convention or during the Convention week!

— A demonstration of our deep-throat riveter will be made Thursday, September 8th from 2 to 4 p.m. at our Museum.  This tool will play a critical role in the construction of new boilers for our existing steam locomotive no. 10 and new locomotive no. 11, a reconstruction of WW&F locomotive no. 7!

— A special photo session will be staged Thursday, September 8th from 5 to 7 p.m. at our Museum to benefit the “21” Campaign.  Tickets for this event are $21.

— Shuttle buses to our Museum in Sheepscot. First Student Bus Company buses will depart the Civic Center for the WW&F at 9.30 a.m., noon and 2.30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with return trips departing the WW&F at approximately 11 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m.

— Museum table at the Convention. Our volunteers will be manning a table in the vendor section of the Convention. If you can’t visit our Museum in Sheepscot, please stop by and learn more about our Museum at our table.

— Bus tour of the WW&F Railway route Friday, September 9th. As of September 3rd, we have a very limited number of seats left on the motor coach tour that will first visit a couple of locations on the Winslow branch, before stopping at Albion station and then heading south down to our Museum and Wiscasset. A 2-1/2 hour visit to our Museum, including steam train ride, is planned. The tour will depart the Civic Center at 8 a.m. and is expected to return around 5 p.m. Included is a copy of the book “Tours of the Narrow Gauge Railroad in the Sheepscot River Valley” published by our Museum in 2007, along with a smaller booklet detailing the stops along the bus tour, plus narration of the tour. Tour cost is $50. If interested in attending, please stop by our Museum table at the Convention.

The organizers of the 2016 Convention have done a terrific job, and we look forward to meeting many old and new friends this coming week at our Museum! We hope all have a great time at the Convention!

Annual Picnic & No. 9 Celebration!

Please join us on August 13 and 14, 2016 for our 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.
  • Yard sale both days 9 AM to 4 PM.  Proceeds to benefit our Archives.

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.

On Saturday, August 13, ceremonies will be held 11.45 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. celebrating the restoration of 125-year-old steam locomotive No. 9.  Speakers and honored guests will review the long history, multi-year restoration and exciting future of WW&F No. 9!

See the Annual Picnic flyer for more info.

A Steamy Summer, but we have Ice Cream July 9th!

Now that summer has arrived, we will be running steam trains every Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day weekend!  Pay a visit and see newly restored locomotive #9 in operation.  WW&F #9, originally built in Portland, turned 125 years old in May!

Please join us for our annual Ice Cream Social on Saturday, July 9.  Rain date is Sunday, July 10.

Take the 12:30, 1:30 or 2:30 train from Sheepscot Station and enjoy a traditional ice cream social at Alna Center Station!  At Alna Center you will hear music from Jud Caswell.

Regular fares apply on all trains.