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Events at, or involving, the Railway Museum

Moonlight Extra Train Celebrating Narrow Gauge Railroading May 18th!

Do you feel as though you are often confronted with too many choices in life? Happen to be building a railroad? You’re going to be faced with many choices, not the least of which is the choice of gauge (the distance between the rails). Do you wonder about the so-called ‘standard’ gauge and whether it is really always the right choice when building a railway?

Come to a presentation at the Alna Center Station on Saturday, May 18th to learn more. Attendees can reach the event from a train departing Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Road, Alna) at 6:30 PM. Following the presentation, the train will return to Sheepscot at 8:30PM

Learn first-hand why 2-foot narrow gauge railways, like the ones built by the sensible people in the state of Maine, could be the right choice for your community. WW&F Railway Superintendent Jason Lamontagne will explain just how such a narrow gauge railway can enhance transportation, commerce and culture while doing so with an economy of cost and ease of construction, both things a ‘standard’ gauge railway could not match.

At Alna Center there will be a bonfire and bean supper available at the event for $8.00, including hot dogs, salads, and drinks. Proceeds will benefit the continued reconstruction of the railway.

Event tickets are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 4-12 and free for children birth-3. Event tickets are available at the railway prior to 6:30PM or online. Advance tickets (available at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com) are recommended, but not required. We cannot guarantee space on the train without an advance ticket.

Arrive 30 minutes prior to departure to ensure a relaxed boarding experience.

For more information visit www.wwfry.org or call 207-882-4193

~Event is weather permitting~ In the case of foul weather ticket holders will be informed and tickets will be refunded.

Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day Tea Saturday, May 11th!

Ride aboard reserved cars on our noon train to a special English-style Mother’s Day tea at our Alna Center Station. The tea will feature locally-sourced cakes, scones, and sandwiches, plus tea and coffee. Moms will receive a special Springtime gift to bring home along with special treats when they board the train at Sheepscot. We’re looking forward to making this a special day for the whole family and moms in particular.

Please arrive by 11:45 a.m. to ensure a relaxed boarding experience. Tickets for the Mother’s Day Tea all-inclusive. They include tea service at Alna Center (accessed on the noon train), along with access to the other train at 10:30 and the Museum. After tea, ride the northbound train to Top of Mountain and return to Sheepscot at 2:15. All trains leave from Sheepscot Station at 97 Cross Road in Alna.

This event is weather dependent and, in the event of foul weather, an announcement will be made and emailed regarding the cancellation of the event. The full ticket price will be refunded.

Advance purchase of tickets at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com is required for this event. Tickets will be on sale through Thursday, May 9th. Tickets are non-transferable (except by a Railway representative) and refundable up until May 9th.

We hope Mom can join us May 11th!

Join Us for Our Spring Work Weekend April 26th through 28th!

Since 1997, scores of volunteers from across the country and overseas have traveled to our Museum in late April and over Columbus Day weekend to work on now countless projects. This spring, we have several projects planned:

• Our big project! Ballasting, lifting, lining and tamping the 1420+ feet of main line track built by our volunteers on the Mountain Extension last fall! This work will keep us on track to open our Mountain Extension in 2021.
• Clearing trees at Alna Center in preparation for our new pavilion.
• Ditching for conduit and drainage between the garage and restroom buildings in Sheepscot.
• Prepping for concrete forms for the utility drop building at Sheepscot.
• Boarding the remaining interior Sheepscot shop building walls that have been insulated over the winter and early spring.
• Organization and clean up of our Sheepscot machine shop.
• Train crew rules review Saturday evening.
• and other projects are likely as well!

Of course, visitors are welcome to just watch & see how the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge is maintained and grows!

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

If you can’t join us in person, you can follow weekend progress in our Spring Work Weekend 2019 and Mountain Extension forum threads.

We hope to see you April 26th through 28th!

WW&F Railway presentation at the Lincoln Home April 22nd!

All aboard at the Lincoln Home for a presentation on the history and current restoration progress of the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway on Monday, April 22, at 3 p.m. The presentation includes a slide show and a selection of artifacts for display, followed by a brief question and answer session.

The Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington was one of Maine’s five narrow gauge railways. It extended from Wiscasset northward to Albion. The Railway was built in 1894 and closed in 1933. Today the Railway, under the auspices of the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum, is being reconstructed by dedicated volunteers.

The Lincoln Home is located at 22 River Road, Newcastle. For more information, contact Rhonda Hanna, 563-3350, or rhonda@lincoln-home.org

Last Call for the Easter Eggspress April 20th!

Let’s celebrate Easter on the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge this Saturday, April 20th! Ride one of our Easter Eggspress trains from Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna, Maine) to Alna Center station where an Easter egg hunt awaits!

Trains will depart Sheepscot from 10.50 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Our Alna Center Easter egg hunt will be broken into three age groups (0-3 years, 4-6, 7 and up). Bags for collecting eggs will be provided by our museum, so you don’t need to bring your own.

Advanced ticket purchases at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com are discounted and strongly recommended to guarantee seating on a particular train.

Advance ticket prices are:
• $10.00 for adults;
• $5.00 for children ages 4 and up;
• Free for children ages 3 and under.

Tickets purchased April 20th at Sheepscot for available trains will be:
• $15.00 for adults;
• $10.00 for children ages 4 and up;
• Free for children ages 3 and under.

We hope you can join us on the Easter Eggspress!

Midcoast Conservancy’s Earth Day Trail Work, Train Ride and Hike at Trout Brook April 19th!

Join the Midcoast Conservancy aboard the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway April 19th for a day of service and fun.  Conservancy volunteers will clean up the trailhead, take a train ride, and hike at Trout Brook Preserve in Alna, Maine.

9:30 – 11 a.m.: Trout Brook Trailhead cleanup: For those who want to give back a little extra in the spirit of Earth Day, we will be picking up trash and freshening up the trail and surrounding trailhead before the hike!

11:30 a.m.: Gather at the WW&F Railway’s Sheepscot station at 97 Cross Rd in Alna.

12 noon: The train departs Sheepscot Station.

Please bring a bag lunch if you plan on attending both the service and fun sections of the day.

The second half of the event will run from 12 noon to 3 p.m.  The train will leave the WW&F’s Sheepscot station at noon, so please arrive early – come check out the museum and train yard.  The WW&F Railway’s steam train will venture through the woods to Top of Mountain station.

After debarking the train, we will hike just over 2.5 miles on terrain that is of easy to moderate difficulty. Come along for the beautiful views of Trout Brook!

Running Late? Not a problem: you can meet us there. Hikers will arrive at Trout Brook Preserve Trailhead around 12:45.

Join us for a fun day in the woods and celebrate the wonderful earth we live on!

If you have any questions email landmcc@midcoastconservancy.org or call 207-389-5163.

 

Spring is Here! Our April Activities!

Many of the 100+ volunteers who traveled to our Museum’s 2018 Columbus Day Work Weekend to work on our Mountain Extension as well as other projects.  During our Spring Work Weekend Friday to Sunday, April 26th to 28th, we will be ballasting, lifting, lining and tamping the 1420+ feet of new track built last fall, plus working on other projects!  Susan Hackett photo. 

Spring has arrived in the Sheepscot Valley! During the first two Saturdays of April (6th and 13th), our volunteers will be finishing  preparations for a busy 2019 season. You can follow our progress in our forum’s April 2019 Work Reports thread.

On Friday, April 19th, we will be partnering with the Midcoast Conservancy to celebrate Earth Day. In the morning, the Conservancy will lead a clean up of the Trout Brook Trailhead. At 11.30 a.m., friends and volunteers will gather at our Museum in Sheepscot for a 12 noon steam train ride to Top of Mountain. After debarking the train, our riders will hike just over 2.5 miles on terrain that is of easy to moderate difficulty. Come along for the beautiful views of Trout Brook!

Our annual Easter Eggspress will run the next day, Saturday, April 20th. Steam trains will depart Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road) from 10.50 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. for Easter egg hunts at Alna Center. Tickets and further information can be found at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com.

We end the month with our annual Spring Work Weekend Friday through Sunday, April 26th through 28th. Our main project this spring will be the ballasting, lifting, lining and tamping the 1420+ feet of track built last fall on our Mountain Extension. We’ll also be working on a number of other smaller projects so our Museum will be ready for the 2019 season!

Join Us on the Easter Eggspress Saturday, April 20th!

Let’s celebrate Easter on the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge! Ride one of our Easter Eggspress trains from Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna, Maine) to Alna Center station where an Easter egg hunt awaits!

Trains will depart Sheepscot from 10.50 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Our Alna Center Easter egg hunt will be broken into three age groups (0-3 years, 4-6, 7 and up). Bags for collecting eggs will be provided by our museum, so you don’t need to bring your own.

Advanced ticket purchases at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com are discounted and strongly recommended to guarantee seating on a particular train.

Advance ticket prices are:
• $10.00 for adults;
• $5.00 for children ages 4 and up;
• Free for children ages 3 and under.

Tickets purchased April 20th at Sheepscot for available trains will be:
• $15.00 for adults;
• $10.00 for children ages 4 and up;
• Free for children ages 3 and under.

We hope you can join us on the Easter Eggspress!

Steam & Sleighs February 16th & 17th!

Photo courtesy of Matthew Malkiewicz.
Copyright Matthew Malkiewicz/Lost Tracks of Time.

Experience an unforgettable day at the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway during our second and final “Steam and Sleighs” event for this winter!

Ride the Railway’s steam-powered Sheepscot Valley Winter Service trains and enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh (or wagon) ride, backcountry cross country skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking, and more at our station stops along your journey.

Trains will leave from Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Road in Alna) and make stops at Alna Center and Top of Mountain Stations.

At Alna Center, detrain for horse-drawn sleigh rides and cross country skiing along with hot beverages prepared on the station’s potbelly stove. Outside, warm your hands around the bonfire and participate in a variety of demonstrations. In addition to the heated station, a portable toilet will be stationed here.

At Top of Mountain detrain for snowshoeing, backcountry X/C, hiking and to explore the work the railway is undertaking on our Mountain Extension, a .75 mile extension of the railway to a new station adjacent to Midcoast Conservancy’s Trout Brook Preserve.  For your convenience, a heated caboose and attendant will be on hand to help direct you. There are no additional facilities at this remote location.

Trains leave Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Road in Alna) at 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, and 1:30 p.m. An additional 3:00 p.m. train from Sheepscot will pick up hikers, skiers and snowshoers. Visitors are welcome for a train ride only at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are valid for round trip passage to and from Sheepscot Station all day and include access to all of the day’s activities. You may return on any train you wish to or break your journey at any station and resume it on a later train. Steam and Sleighs will be held Snow or Shine. In the event of inclement and hazardous weather, the event will be canceled and tickets will be refunded. Come dressed prepared for the weather. If you care to engage in outdoor activities, please bring your own skis, snowshoes, or outdoor gear.

Please arrive 15 minutes in advance of your train’s departure time to ensure a relaxed and pleasant experience.

Advance tickets can be purchased on line here.  To reserve your spot and avoid unnecessary waiting advance tickets are encouraged, but not required. Tickets will also be available the day of the event at Sheepscot.

We hope to see you on the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge!