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Hi All,

It's high time we share this, not only publicly, but with all of the folks who follow us here on the forum. Next Saturday, September 30th is the Museum's Fall Festival. We're looking forward to it, and look forward to seeing folks who have made attending a tradition along with new faces.

We are adding something new! For a long time, folks have been asking for us to run an evening train. This year we partnered with an expert on local apples, John Bunker of Palermo, to create a unique and wonderful Fall evening train. John is well known in these parts for his work with Maine Heritage Orchards at MOFGA and FEDCO Trees. He also has his Out on a Limb CSA. He also wrote "Not Far from the Tree: A Brief History of the Apples and the Orchards of Palermo, Maine, 1804-2004"

The train will leave Sheepscot promptly at 6pm, and arrive at Alna Center where a bonfire, cider, and snacks will await. John will share the history of apples and cider making in the Sheepscot Valley, along with the transport of the apple harvest on the WW&F. For those of you who have heard stories of how apples growing along the railway wound up there, there will be a special surprise.

John also welcomes anyone who has an apple they would like to know more about to bring a specimen to the event. He will identify it for you.

After enjoying sunset at Alna Center, the train will return to Sheepscot in darkness amidst the warm glow of oil lamps.

Tickets will be the regular price ($8 adults/ $7 60+/ $5 12 & under)
Tickets will be available beginning at 5pm at Sheepscot Station.
The Moonlight Extra will run weather permitting.

Museum Discussion / Less than Carload Freight Shipping/Boxcar Packing
« on: July 13, 2017, 07:03:24 PM »
Hi All,

The WW&F is embarking on a project to build a LCL freight exhibit in one of our boxcars. We have examples of boxes that were shipped on the original railway as less than carload shipments, but need some help filling in the blanks.
If you have any documents or information that could assist in creating this exhibit, especially information from the original raiway, please either respond to this post or send a personal message. You can also reach me by e-mail @

Thanks in advance,
Steve Piwowarski

Museum Discussion / Archival Storage
« on: May 15, 2017, 08:19:28 PM »
Hi All,

Another member of the WW&F, Ted Miles, just posted on RYPN about the progress of the Northwest Railway Museum in Washington. I, it led me to take a second look. When I visited last year, their Railway Education Center (an archival, library, teaching, and visitor service building) was just under construction. The building is now complete and has an archive with some really nice features like rolling shelving and water-free fire suppression systems. It seems, by all accounts, to be a great building, and very well done. Maybe, when the WW&F gets to create a new space for museum and archival purposes we could incorporate some of these features. Their work was funded by the NEH. Take a look on the NWRYM's blog here:
Further information, with building and funding specifics can be found here:

Take care,

Too bad. It looks like the freight operation will be taken over, but if you want to ride, do it now.

Museum Discussion / Trails at ToM
« on: June 03, 2015, 08:25:27 PM »
Recently while reading an article about the Talyllyn Railway I learned that the stations connect with a network of hiking trails, some which allow a station to statin hike.
Has any thought been given to establishing a trailhead at ToM which would allow riders to detrain and walk a trail which would connect with the trail network of the Trout Brook Preserve?
Eventually people could detain at ToM, hike to 218 or head tide, reboard the train and return.


General Discussion / Cooking Baked Beans in a bean hole
« on: May 31, 2015, 12:12:06 AM »
Ok, funny question:

Has anyone here ever cooked up beans in a bean hole. I hear this was the way it was done in the old days in logging camps and that caught my attention. It also sounds really cool. How long does it take and what sort of pot do you use?


General Discussion / An interesting photo I stumbled upon
« on: January 27, 2015, 11:21:32 PM »
I found this photo when I was looking for some information on Kathadin Iron Works and thought it might be fun to share, especially considering the recent attention the railcar has been given.

General Discussion / Building with Hand Tools
« on: January 06, 2015, 10:00:46 PM »
Found this great film from Finland of a crew building a log home using only hand tools in the traditional style. Sorry for the language, to all the non-Finish speakers out there, but it's greta just to watch.


Work and Events / Vintage car show
« on: December 31, 2014, 11:38:06 PM »
As Stewart said, the Ford people seem very well organized. There is a Pine Tree State Model A club and a Down East Chapter of the Model T Association. Not looking to exclude other classic vehicles, what other clubs and associations are out there that would be worth getting in touch with should this event come to pass? It should probably be during a month with a likely chance of good weather and perhaps have a rain date as well. If we could partner with another organization might be willing to handle the responsibility of getting the world out to car owners while we could focus on the logistics and getting people to the event.


Museum Discussion / Community Calendars
« on: December 31, 2014, 11:20:29 PM »
Hello All,

We are gearing up to add the railway's events for 2015 to community calendars. We need your help! If there is a community calendar you use or are aware of that you would like to see the railway's events posted on let us know. Post a link to the calendar here or let us know the name so we can add WW&F events to the calendar. If this request could also go on the Facebook page that would be great. That will allow us to get some feedback from those who don't follow the forum.

Steve and Annie

General Discussion / McMillan expedition relic hits the New York Times.
« on: December 11, 2014, 01:47:08 PM »

Boothbay Railway Village / Jon opening at Boothbay
« on: December 11, 2014, 12:23:54 PM »
Hello all,

I'm not sure how much this has been advertised, but BRV has an opening for a new Executive Director. The details can be found on the New England Museum Association website:


Museum Discussion / A story in a name
« on: December 11, 2014, 04:55:17 AM »
Tonight I was looking at the Facebook event for Victorian Christmas and noticed something- the last names of several folks who are coming to victorian Christmas are the same names as some folks who worked for the railroad in the 1920s.
Now I don't know if they are or are not related, but I think it would be pretty neat for folks in the area to learn that they had a relative that worked for the WW&F- especially if they didn't know that before.


Museum Discussion / Maps for the WW&F?
« on: November 29, 2014, 05:41:33 AM »
Hello Everyone,

I was fooling around a bit with some map programs today and thought of a nice idea that could be added as an adjunct to our web presence or potentially incorporated into some sort of exhibit.

My original concept was to have users plug in a zip code or city, state into a mapping application. The result would be a route, travel times, and distances to Sheepscot Station during three different eras: c.1810, before the railroad existed; c.1910 during the railroads heyday; and today. Visitors would be able to clearly visualize how the railways improved and revolutionized transportation in the United States using a technology that they understand and interact with on a regular basis.

I've already had several people express curiosity in making this happen, however I have no idea how to bring this idea to fruition! If any of you are familiar with mapping software or have any suggestions for how this might be accomplished, I would appreciate your input! Some friends have suggested that inputing all of the required data would make this prohibitive and difficult, but if you have any suggestions they would be appreciated.

Steve Piwowarski

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