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

Welcome National Narrow Gauge Conventioneers!

With our state’s rich two-footer history, Maine will serve as host for the 2016 National Narrow Gauge Convention! Convention activities will be based at the Augusta Civic Center Wednesday, September 7th through Saturday, September 10th. Well over 1,000 people from around the world are expected to attend the event! Along with Maine’s other two-foot railroads, the WW&F will be actively involved in the Convention activities, including:

— Convention clinics at the Civic Center:
* James Patten will present the Past, Present and Future of the WW&F Museum, currently scheduled in the Capital room for Wednesday at 6.30 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m.; and
* Jason Lamontagne and Eric Schade will present the Restoration of WW&F Locomotive No. 9, currently scheduled in the Pine Tree room for Thursday at 11 a.m. and Friday at 8 a.m.
Please see the Convention schedule for any updates to these clinics.

Our Museum will be open afternoons Monday through Friday, September 5th through 9th, with steam trains operating on the hour from noon to 4 p.m. We are normally open Saturdays and Sundays during the summer season but we will be open daily during the Convention week. We hope all Conventioneers will have the opportunity to visit our Museum the weekends before or after the Convention or during the Convention week!

— A demonstration of our deep-throat riveter will be made Thursday, September 8th from 2 to 4 p.m. at our Museum.  This tool will play a critical role in the construction of new boilers for our existing steam locomotive no. 10 and new locomotive no. 11, a reconstruction of WW&F locomotive no. 7!

— A special photo session will be staged Thursday, September 8th from 5 to 7 p.m. at our Museum to benefit the “21” Campaign.  Tickets for this event are $21.

— Shuttle buses to our Museum in Sheepscot. First Student Bus Company buses will depart the Civic Center for the WW&F at 9.30 a.m., noon and 2.30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with return trips departing the WW&F at approximately 11 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m.

— Museum table at the Convention. Our volunteers will be manning a table in the vendor section of the Convention. If you can’t visit our Museum in Sheepscot, please stop by and learn more about our Museum at our table.

— Bus tour of the WW&F Railway route Friday, September 9th. As of September 3rd, we have a very limited number of seats left on the motor coach tour that will first visit a couple of locations on the Winslow branch, before stopping at Albion station and then heading south down to our Museum and Wiscasset. A 2-1/2 hour visit to our Museum, including steam train ride, is planned. The tour will depart the Civic Center at 8 a.m. and is expected to return around 5 p.m. Included is a copy of the book “Tours of the Narrow Gauge Railroad in the Sheepscot River Valley” published by our Museum in 2007, along with a smaller booklet detailing the stops along the bus tour, plus narration of the tour. Tour cost is $50. If interested in attending, please stop by our Museum table at the Convention.

The organizers of the 2016 Convention have done a terrific job, and we look forward to meeting many old and new friends this coming week at our Museum! We hope all have a great time at the Convention!

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.

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!