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

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.

Winter Work Weekend Note

The Museum’s Winter Work Weekend is always held on President’s Weekend, ending in President’s Day (so that volunteers can work the holiday Monday).  This year that’s Feb 14 – 16.  Due to an error in the WW&F Museum calendar, the calendar has the Work Weekend on the following weekend, February 21 – 23.

The Winter Work Weekend will be held on Feb 14 – 16, President’s Day Weekend, and not on the weekend shown in the calendar.

Our apologies for any confusion this may have caused.

WW&F At Railroad Hobby Show Jan 24 & 25

The WW&F will have two locations at the upcoming Railroad Hobby Show on January 24 and 25.  The show, sponsored by the Amherst Railway Society, is located at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, Massachusetts.  See HERE for more information about the show.

The WW&F’s primary location is our sales table in the Young Building, section 78, near the “Heroes and Legends” cafe.  Many items available in our gift shop will be at the show, including our 2015 calendar.

Our second location will be in the Mallory building, section 142 (the main area along the main aisle).  Here, we’ll be displaying our Model T Railcar.

We hope to see you there!

Victorian Christmas Saturday December 20

The train is on the way to see Santa Claus

Saturday, December 20 2014 is our annual Victorian Christmas celebration.  Train rides today are free!

First train departs Sheepscot Station at 11 AM – travels to Alna Center where riders can disembark to visit Santa Claus, ride behind a horse-drawn wagon or sleigh (depending on snow level), enjoy a bonfire, and light refreshments before returning to Sheepscot.  The last train departs at 3 PM.

Patrons who decide to stay between trains should count on an hour-and-a-half visit.  Also there’s often a long line to take the train, which could be another hour.  There are light refreshments in the gift shop.  While you wait, guests are free to tour our facilities.

This event will be held rain, snow, sleet, or shine.

Saturday, December 6 Trains FYI

Our normal train schedule for Saturday, December 6 2014 will be suspended, due to needing “all hands on deck” for the erection of roof trusses for our new car barn.

The scheduled roof truss erection has been postponed due to inclement weather until Saturday December 13 (weather permitting, as always). So trains are back to being scheduled to operate. However with the cold rain we will be surprised if anyone shows up for a ride!

Locomotive 9 Steam Test!

After 5+ years of restoration work, Locomotive #9 reached a critical milestone today – a steam test of the boiler and appliances.  While the locomotive is no where near ready – as you can see from the pictures, it’s missing the cab, the tank, and a bunch of other little things – the test was necessary to check for steam leaks.  The boiler had undergone several hydro pressure tests in preceding weeks, which helped to eliminate other leaks.

Rick tends the fire. The buckets contain coal.
Rick and Jason (standing) test the Eames Vacuum brake steam parts, while Eric (seated) applies graphite to the backhead.
Hansel blows the first whistle of #9 coming back to life.

We anticipate operation in 2015.

For more info see this post on our Facebook page.

2014 Fall Work Weekend Coming Up

Columbus Day Weekend – October 10 – 13 (Friday through Monday) – is the Museum’s annual Fall Work Weekend.  We have many projects lined up for the volunteers.

Volunteer crews spiking track in 2003.  There's 4 spikers in this picture.
Volunteer crews spiking track in 2003. There’s 4 spikers in this picture.
  • Main line track extension – we will be laying track northward on our main line, and constructing a run-around switch.
  • Painting – the restrooms need painting.
  • Car storage shed – we will lay the foundations of the car storage shed (concrete pillars) and may even be able to start erecting poles.
  • Locomotive 9 restoration will continue
  • Meals – the Museum provides lunches all four days, and suppers Friday through Sunday evening.

Passenger trains will be operating on Saturday and Sunday, however the schedule will probably be off due to work crew supply needs.   If you would like to ride that weekend, please allow extra time in your schedule.

This will be the last weekend of steam-powered trains until our Victorian Christmas celebration in December.

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

If you’d like to say that you were “workin’ on the railroad” then come on by to help out!  We can use labor of all kinds, skilled or not.  As long as you are reasonably mobile we can use you.  Work starts around 7 AM and ends most days around 5 PM.

Coming Soon: Our Annual Fall Festival

Coming on Saturday, September 27 is our annual Fall Festbluegrasspickingival.

This year, we will have a Bluegrass Pickin’ Party!  Local Bluegrass musicians will provide music for the festivities.

 

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Kids and adults alike enjoy horses and a hay ride.

Additionally, we will have a pumpkin patch, children’s games, face painting, and hay rides in an antique truck.  All festivities will happen at our Alna Center station.  Trains depart our Sheepscot Station at our normal times.

 

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Potato sack races!

Annual Fund Drive Has Launched

Every year we raise funds to further our goal of restoration and preservation via an annual fund drive in the fall. Since the time of the inception of this annual drive more than 20 years ago, we have never failed to reach and surpass our drive goal. In the last several years the goal has been to raise $55,000, usually we raise between $57,000 and $60,000. This year we hope will be no exception.

Our hopes and goals have been outlined on a post on our Facebook Page, located HERE.  We hope you will consider a tax-deductible donation to this worthy set of projects.  A PayPal Donate button is available here on our webpage, as well as on Facebook.