Category Archives: Museum Event

Events at, or involving, the Railway Museum

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!

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.

Spring Work Weekend, April 29, 30 & May 1

Come help us build and maintain our Railroad!

Our Annual 3-Day Spring Work Weekend will be Friday through Sunday, April 29, 30 and May 1.  Work will start at 7 a.m. each day and end around 5 p.m. (or a bit earlier Sunday).  Delicious lunches and dinners will be provided by the Museum!

Planned projects this spring include:

  • Ballasting, lifting and lining our new track around the Car Barn.
  • The start of track construction down the Mountain.
    so we can reach the first culvert that needs replacement.
  • Painting of our new Sheepscot Car Barn.
  • Reconstruction work on Bridgton & Saco River Boxcar #67.
  • And other work so our Museum can get ready for the 2016 season!

Of course, visitors are welcome to just watch & see how our Railroad is maintained and grows!  With scores of volunteers working at both ends of the railroad, there will be plenty to see and do!

Easter Eggspress!

Please join us March 26th from noon to 3 PM for our annual Easter Eggspress as we celebrate Easter and the return of 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 $5.00 per person, and free under age 3.

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 www.railroadhobbyshow.com 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!