Category Archives: General Museum News

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

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.

Trains now running Saturdays and Sundays!

We are now on a summer schedule for our passenger trains! Trains depart Sheepscot station Saturdays and Sundays at 10 & 11 a.m. and 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 & 3.30 p.m., for a 40-minute, five-mile round-trip ride to the Top of the Mountain and return.

Most June trains will be diesel-powered. On the weekend of June 18 & 19, we will be running steam trains, in honor of Father’s Day!

Steam May 28 & 29!

Our 2016 operating season is underway! Now through May 21, we will be running Diesel trains at 11 a.m., 12.30 and 2.30 p.m. Enjoy a 40-minute train ride from Sheepscot to Top of the Mountain and return!

On Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, we will be running steam trains at 10 and 11 a.m., and 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30 p.m. See 125-year-old WW&F steam locomotive #9 in action, restored to service this past December after an 82-year slumber!

While #9 steams on for our Museum, locomotive #10 — our faithful steam engine for the past 15 years — is now out-of-service, awaiting a new boiler. Read about our 21 Campaign, a fund drive to build a new boiler for #10, as well as a new boiler for our planned locomotive #11, which our Museum will build from scratch!

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.

A Busy February!

It’s been a busy February here at our Museum! Work continues on a number of projects, including restoration of Bridgton & Saco River box car #67 and doors for our new car barn.

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

We will be participating in the Whitefield Lions Club Model Railroad and Dollhouse Show February 20th at the Augusta Armory, 179 Western Avenue in Augusta. Show hours will be 10 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. Please stop by and say hi!

Hard to believe, but it’s just a little over a month until we run our first steam trains — our Spring Photographic Excursion March 25th and our Easter Eggspress March 26th!

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!

Annual Picnic, Aug 8 & 9, 2015

Join us on August 8 and 9, 2015 for the 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
  • Mid-day Saturday memorial to our friend Julius Stuck at Alna Center station
  • Yard sale both days 9 AM to 4 PM.  Proceeds to benefit our Archives.
  • Saturday photographer’s train after 4:30 PM.

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.

See the Annual Picnic flyer for more info.

Easter Eggspress April 4, 2015

Photo courtesy of Stephen Hussar

Join us April 4, 2015 from noon to 3 PM for our annual Easter Eggspress!  Help us celebrate Easter and the return of Spring (at least the calendar tells it’s 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 $4.00 per person, and free under age 3.

Because of the heavy snow this winter, we recommend that everyone wear boots and other winter gear, as chances are good that there will still be snow and/or mud on the ground in the egg hunt area.