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Events at, or involving, the Railway Museum

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!

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 Victorian Christmas update!

Due to the popularity of our Victorian Christmas trains, all online pre-reserved boarding passes have now been taken. For those still interested in attending, a limited number of boarding passes will be available at our Museum on December 16th and 23rd on a first come, first served basis.

Come join the WW&F Railway Museum as we celebrate the Holidays December 16th and 23rd with:
Steam and diesel train rides 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
Sleigh* rides 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
Holiday decorations and refreshments.
All trains will stop to visit Santa at Alna Center station!
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.
* In the event of no snow, there will be horse-drawn wagon rides instead of sleigh rides.
The last train to depart Sheepscot Station for a sleigh ride will be at 2 p.m.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you at our Museum!

Albion Day November 4th!

The first Saturday of every November, immediately following the end of our operating season, 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 4th, which conveniently falls on the anniversary of the first train to Albion in 1895! We will meet at our Museum grounds in Sheepscot at 7.00 a.m. or so and plan to be arrive at Albion station at 86 Benton Road by around 8.45.

This year’s planned work will feature the usual weed-whacking and track maintenance but will also have a special twist. AHS President Phil Dow would like to do some archeological digging in and around the turntable pit to see if any nice tidbits or knickknacks can be uncovered!

Our volunteers will also have the opportunity to see the AHS’ Plymouth locomotive, which the society was able to start for the first time in a long, long time this year!

Lunch will be provided by AHS’ members Phil and Janet Dow. The weather forecast promises to be spectacular for early November this year!

We hope you can join us!

Our Fall Work Weekend October 6th through 9th!

For the past twenty years, scores of volunteers from across the country and overseas have travelled to our Museum in late April and over the Columbus Day weekend to work on many projects. This fall, we have the following projects planned:

• Extension of the Top of Mountain mill siding to tree line
• Lift, line and tamp the track from ToM to the recently completed culvert
• Construction of a retaining wall by the Humason Brook trestle
• Main Line track maintenance
• Sheepscot track work reconnecting the bays 2 and 3 shop tracks to the yard
• Percival house construction work
• Sheepscot woods track ballasting
• and several other projects as well!

Of course, visitors are welcome to just watch & see how our Sheepscot valley railroad is maintained and grows!

Please join us to celebrate our late friend and member Vic Hamburger during our memorial dedication Saturday at 5 p.m.

Work will start at 7 a.m. and end around 5 p.m. each day (or a bit earlier Monday). Delicious breakfasts (Saturday – Monday), lunches (all four days) and dinners (Friday – Sunday) will be provided by our Museum.

Steam-powered passenger trains will be operating Saturday and Sunday. This will be one of the last opportunities to ride our steam trains this year. Steam will be operating the following Saturday, October 14th, and then for our Victorian Christmas celebration December 16th and 23rd.

Please come help build and maintain our Museum!

Our Fall Festival September 30th!

Our Fall Festival will feature:
At Sheepscot station: Steam and Diesel Train Rides * Model AA Truck Rides * Model T Rail Car Rides * Hand Car Rides!
At Alna Center station: Children’s Games * Pumpkin Patch * Pumpkin Painting * Light Refreshments * music featuring Bluegrass Pickin’ * And More!

Trains will depart from Sheepscot from 10.30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Regular train fares apply.  A train ticket is required to travel to Alna Center.

Please join us for a special 6 p.m. Moonlight Train to Alna Center!

Our steam train will depart Sheepscot station at 6 p.m., weather permitting.  Upon arrival at Alna Center, enjoy warm cider and cookies by the fire as John Bunker tells the story of heritage apples, the making of cider, and the shipment of apples via the narrow gauge railroad a century ago! John is a well-known expert of the history of heritage apples and owns the Super Chilly Farm in Palermo. The train will return to Sheepscot station by 7.30 p.m. Regular train fares apply.

We hope you can join us Saturday, September 30th!

Ice Cream August 26th!

We had such a good time in July, we’re doing it again to mark the end of summer!

Please join us for our second Ice Cream Social on Saturday, August 26th. Take any train from our Museum grounds at Sheepscot between noon and 3 p.m. and receive an ice cream when you arrive at Alna Center! While at Alna Center, enjoy kite flying and old-fashioned lawn games.

Regular fares apply on all trains.

If weather does not cooperate on Saturday the 26th, our August Ice Cream Social will be held the next day — Sunday, August 27th.

Our Annual Picnic & Yard Sale, and a World War I encampment August 12 & 13!

Our Museum celebrates summer with steam train rides, model T rail car rides, hand car rides, antique machinery, a yard sale, food, a World War I encampment and fun Saturday and Sunday, August 12th and 13th!
Model T rail car rides will follow behind the regular scheduled steam trains (subject to rail car availability). Hand car rides will be in Sheepscot yard.
Visit a World War I encampment at Alna Center Saturday evening and Sunday! The doughboys prepare to leave Alna, Maine via the WW&F in the summer of 1917 to join up with the 26th Yankee Division, before shipping over to France.
Picnic Food on sale both days from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Shop our Yard Sale both days. Yard Sale proceeds benefit the WW&F Railway Museum Archives!
Trains will depart Sheepscot Station from 10.30 a.m. to late afternoon Saturday and 10.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Steam Father’s Day weekend!

Let’s celebrate Father’s Day weekend with narrow gauge steam trains!

On Saturday & Sunday, June 17th & 18th, steam trains will depart our Museum grounds (97 Cross Road, Alna) at 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, 1.30 and 3 p.m. for a 50-minute five-mile round trip ride. Our Model T railcar or diesel train will depart our Museum grounds at 10.55 a.m., 12.25 and 1.55 p.m., crew and equipment permitting.

While there is a charge to ride our trains (except during Victorian Christmas), a visit to our Museum grounds is always free! Stop by any Saturday or Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. now through Columbus Day weekend to see what projects are underway and watch trains depart and arrive at Sheepscot station. Learn more about the Maine two-footers!