Category Archives: Museum Event

Events at, or involving, the Railway Museum

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!