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Steam and Sleighs to SeaLyon Farm
January 9 @ 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Ride the railway to SeaLyon Farm for an amazing Winter adventure aboard steam trains and horse-drawn sleighs!
About The Experience
Board your train at Sheepscot station for a 20 minute steam-powered ride through the winter wonderland of Alna to Top of Mountain, to board sleighs and wagons for your trip to SeaLyon Farm where a plethora of goods will be available for perusal and purchase (including their famous lavender products!)
At SeaLyon Farm, visitors will be able to enjoy a bonfire, hot beverages and food from local vendors, and other fun activities. The entire experience takes just over 2 hours.
Ticket price includes all transportation (historic steam train, extended horse-drawn sleigh ride, and tractor wagon ride) as well as parking at Sheepscot. Refreshments, and other farm products are sold separately by SeaLyon Farm and their partners. Note that due to the nature of this event, wheelchairs can not be accommodated; instead please consider a Winter Caboose Adventure. If you care to engage in outdoor activities, please bring your own skis, snowshoes, or outdoor gear.
Tickets will primarily be sold in groups of (up to) 8-10 passengers – so your group remains separated (each with their own sleigh ride) from other parties during all transportation portions of the event. (See note below regarding single-passenger tickets.)
Trains depart Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) promptly at 10:30a, 12p, and 1:30p and will arrive back at 12:45p, 2:15p, and 3:45p, respectively. Note that the railroad cars are not heated, so please dress accordingly.
We look forward to seeing you on the narrow gauge!
About SeaLyon Farm
SeaLyon Farm is situated is beautifully situated amongst the rolling woods and fields of Alna just south of Head Tide and adjacent to the WW&F’s Top of Mountain Station. During Steam & Sleighs, the train will meet sleighs (and wagons) to bring each group to the farm. Everyone will have the opportunity for an extended tour of the farm and countryside aboard a horse-drawn sleigh (or wagon when conditions warrant) while traversing to or from the farm.
In addition to the horse drawn sleigh rides, activities and vendors at SeaLyon farm will include:
– Creamed Bakery with their decadent candy apples, cookies, caramels, s’mores kits (to roast over the bonfire) and other sweets.
– Grandpa’s Kitchen with locally-sourced meats (sausages, bacon, etc.), with vegetarian options available.
– An impressive bonfire to keep warm and make s’mores over, along with cornhole, checkers, and tic-tac-toe boards.
– The Farm Store will be selling jams, salsas, lavender products, kettle popcorn, crochet items, and handmade jewelry.
– A porta potty and hand washing station. (in addition to hand sanitizer on the tractors and sleighs.)
– Tractor hayrides.
After arriving at the farm, hike down to the pond, browse the farm store, enjoy a snack, games and the bonfire. Bring snowshoes or cross country skis to create your own winter adventure. Then ride the sleigh (or wagon) back to the railway station. There will be an approximately 75 minute layover to enjoy the farm (and sleighride) before the narrow gauge train returns you to Sheepscot station.
About the Weather and Cancellations
Obviously, this event is very weather-centric. A decision will be made roughly 4-5 days before each event based upon many factors – including the safety of the horses (who do not navigate well in the mud.) If the ground is frozen (but no snow) horse-drawn wagons will replace the sleighs. If extreme weather (or weather that will produce unsafe conditions for the horses) is predicted, all passengers will be notified via email or phone, and given the option to reschedule or receive a full refund.
Group Pricing (for Covid safety)
So to provide a safe and enjoyable experience aboard the horse-drawn sleigh, tickets for this event will primarily be sold as groups. Each train will carry four groups of up to 8-10 passengers (spread across two enclosed coaches.) These groups correspond to the maximum capacity of each of two sleighs. In this way your family (or small group of close-knit friends) maintain your own seating (and social distancing) during the entire experience.
Groups of 10 will be seated in historic coach 3. Built in 1894 for the Wiscasset and Quebec Railroad, this car still has its padded walk-over seats and Victorian-era woodwork. This is the same coach that transported passengers up and down the Sheepscot valley until it was sold (circa 1910) to the Bridgeton and Saco River Railroad. Each group will be seated at opposite end of this amazing survivor from the age of steam.
Groups of 8 will be seated in combination car 8. This reproduction of the WW&F’s “smoking car” is divided into two compartments – each group will be seated in their own compartment along its long benches. A baggage door is available for transferring strollers or other supplies, if needed.
Single Passenger Tickets
In the event that there are still group packages available five days before the event, these “seats” will revert to individual sale. If this occurs, an announcement will be made on the Steam and Sleighs Facebook Event Page. Please note that social distancing on the sleighride will not be possible between different parties who purchase individual sale tickets. Please keep this in mind, should you choose to purchase a Single Passenger ticket.
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