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Other Narrow Gauge / EBT is SOLD! New non-profit to open RR in 2021
« on: February 14, 2020, 11:50:08 AM »
Lots of details/discussion everywhere (FB, NGDF, RYPN, etc.) but here is the official press release:,file=61498,filename=EBT_News_Release_6_.pdf

Congratulations to everyone (including many friends/members of the WW&F) who made this day possible.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Building an Empire
« on: February 04, 2020, 03:53:26 PM »
I had to clean out a few things, and had the opportunity to line up the start of what may eventually be a tinplate/Lionel style model railroad.

I'm not sure where I draw my inspiration from...

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / MOVED: New Paint Scheme for #52
« on: December 02, 2019, 03:40:36 PM »
For the first time in the history of everything, a joke conversation started as "Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery" quickly evolved into a serious discussion regarding the merits of improving locomotive #52:

The topic has been moved to Museum Discussion.

Museum Discussion / Improvements for #52
« on: November 30, 2019, 11:47:37 AM »
Just in time for Victorian Christmas...

Volunteers / Watch your Tamper...
« on: November 22, 2019, 08:37:10 PM »
Photo by Jason Lamontagne attached:

Work and Events / Victorian Christmas, 2019
« on: October 26, 2019, 11:26:37 AM »
Due to overwhelming popular demand, we again will be offering advance reservations for Victorian Christmas.

Reservations will go Live on Nov. 3rd at 8:00 on our tickets page:

Last year, advance reservations were exhausted after 24 hours.

More details on our Facebook page:

« on: October 18, 2019, 07:11:57 PM »
This just in...
In lieu of Albion Day, we'll be having a "Rock The Mountain" workday on Saturday, November 2nd.

Details will be forthcoming, but save the date to help get a head start on the ballasting needed to open the Mountain Extension. We'll need a bunch of help to pull this off, so all ages and abilities are welcome. (First-time volunteers are always welcome, but would be very helpful on November 2.)

Volunteers / HELP NEEDED - 8/31 Ice Cream Social
« on: August 28, 2019, 11:56:01 AM »
We need assistance Saturday Morning setting up for the Ice Cream Social.
- Find and set up the Tent at AC.
- Move/setup one large and one small table
- Move/setup 12 chairs
- Move/setup Freezer, generator, and extension cord.
- Retrieve misc items from Car 65.

Anyone willing and able to assist with this should report to Cindy Rhine first thing on Saturday morning.

Work and Events / Concert SATURDAY June 22, 2019: Darlin' Corey
« on: June 20, 2019, 08:50:06 AM »
Darlin’ Corey” will be kicking off our 2019 “Music on the Railway” concert series this Saturday evening, June 22nd. The duo, comprised of Matt Shipman and Erica Brown, features a delightful blend of vocal harmonies accompanied by fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitars. From thoughtful original and traditional songs as well as carefully chosen covers, traditional instrumentals from Maine, Canada, Southern Appalachia and Ireland they play a diverse and unique Americana mix of bluegrass, old time and folk.

This is the first of our three 2019 “Music on the Railway” concerts that are planned on the fourth Saturday of June, July, and August, featuring some of Maine’s best acoustic musicians. This series takes its inspiration from public concerts that the Railway held during the early twentieth century for people from throughout the Sheepscot Valley. Concert trains leave from the Railway’s Sheepscot station located at 97 Cross Road in Alna at 5 p.m.

The concerts are held rain or shine underneath a large tent surrounded by the beautiful fields of the Albee Farm adjacent to Alna Center station. The Museum’s classic 1930 Ford AA truck serves as the stage. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics along for their enjoyment during the concert. Take out dinners are also available from the Alna General Store for pickup prior to the concert. They are just a five minute drive from Sheepscot Station.

Our July 27th concert features Jud Caswell. Maine singer/songwriter Jud Caswell has an eye for detail, drawing inspiration from the land like Mary Oliver, pushing into the specific, unfolding it into the universal. In 2006 he burst onto the national scene, winning the legendary Kerrville New Folk competition. His songs have been taught at Berklee, recorded by Judy Collins, and named “#4 Song of the Decade” by New York’s WFUV. Jud left the road to raise a family and make his music where his roots go deep. With a voice fresh as water over granite and soft as a pine needle bed, he wields his many instruments with the easy deftness of an old woodsman with an axe.

Closing out our music series on August 25 is this year’s Maine Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Stan Keach, with The Sandy River Ramblers. The Sandy River Ramblers are one the one of the oldest continually performing Bluegrass bands in Maine, having been established in 1982. The Sandy River Ramblers feature banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and upright bass. Their specialty is original songs about Maine. Their critically-acclaimed album ‘Cry of the Loon and other original songs about Maine’ is, according to Keach, the best selling Bluegrass album in Maine.

Trains for each concert leave from Sheepscot station at 5 p.m. and return at 7:30 p.m. Parking and round-trip train fare are included in the price of the ticket. Tickets, available at are $20 for adults and $10 for children 4-12. Sales are limited to 100 tickets per concert, so get your tickets soon.


Last year's three concerts were SPECTACULAR. These events make a great occasion to invite your friends and neighbors (and spouses/significant others) who have never been to the WW&F to come and see what we are all so proud of.

Volunteers / Summer Work: Trim the Trains!
« on: June 18, 2019, 06:06:35 PM »
On June 30 through July 3 I will be leading a "Trim the Tree Trains" crew.

The idea will be to have a string/blade crew go out to tackle some of the worst areas along the ROW.

A tentative schedule. The idea is not work during the hottest part of the day.
Sunday, June 30: Lv Sheepscot at 3:00pm - trim ROW until around 4:30pm (or later, depending on crew)

Monday, July 1: Lv Sheepscot at 8:15am - trim ROW until 11:15am. Break for lunch. Cool off.
Monday, July 1: Lv Sheepscot at 3:00pm - trim ROW until around 6pm.

Tuesday, July 2: Lv Sheepscot at 8:15am - trim ROW until 11:15am. Break for lunch. Cool off.
Tuesday, July 2: Lv Sheepscot at 3:00pm - trim ROW until around 6pm.

Wednesday, July 3: Lv Sheepscot at 8:15am - trim ROW until 11:15am. Break for lunch. Cool off.
Wednesday, July 3: Lv Sheepscot at 3:00pm - trim ROW until around 6pm.

Anyone interested can contact me at 603-486-4333 (cell/text) or
Of course, anyone is welcome to show up the day of. All work is weather permitting.

I am pleased to announce that the Maine Community Foundation has awarded us a $4550 grant to assist in the reassembly of the event pavilion at Alna Center.

For details see:

And to learn more about the disassembly of the structure, see:,3296.0.html

And (members only) can learn about the location placement decision process at:,3315.0.html

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Where am I?
« on: May 17, 2019, 04:21:38 PM »
So I am cleaning out some phone photos and came across this one. It was grouped in with a bunch of WW&F photos, so I knew it was taken somewhere around Sheepscot, but obviously in error. After about 30 seconds I figured out where I was when the photo was snapped. How long will it take you....

For release: April 1, 2019

Fresh off their unprecedented Narrow Gauge Collection collaboration with Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, the WW&F is pleased to announce today the Narrow Gauge Connection which will build 14.5 miles of new track between Sheepscot Station in Alna, Maine to Boothbay Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine.

"The all-new route is a stunning display of narrow gauge theory," gushed WW&F Superintendent Jason Lamontagne. "It features seven sweeping S curves and a spectacular new bridge over the Sheepscot River. Folks will come from all over the world just to marvel at how the trains navigate the terrain." A map of the route is shown below.

Moreover, this route bypasses the tourist mecca of Wiscasset, instead drawing visitors to Alna, Edgecomb, and Boothbay. It is expected that the line will attract those commuting to Edgecomb from the north and south. Both of Edgecomb's residents are very enthusiastic about the prosperity the narrow gauge promises to bring to the town.

No longer will visitors to Boothbay Railway village be limited to a trip around a short circle of track. Instead BRV's collection of historic stations and structures will be relocated throughout the route. "The possibilities are dizzying", said one BRV representative.

Because the route does feature some significant grades, a new class of narrow gauge locomotive will be constructed as part of this collaboration. The 4-8-8-4T "Little Boy" class will be the largest 2ft gauge locomotive ever built.  Essentially a scaled down "Big Boy" (made famous by the Union Pacific), the "Little Boy" will have an attached coal bunker and large water tank over the boiler. The Union Pacific railroad is sponsoring its construction, and will assist with the project under the condition that it be painted armour yellow and feature a large UP shield on the smokebox.

The funding for the Narrow Gauge Connection is being provided by an anonymous rich guy who likes trains. He owns a small island off the coast of Maine and has frequented both the WW&F and BRV. "It has long been my dream to connect these two attractions", he stated. "Now I will be able to travel freely between them, avoiding the traffic going to Maine Botanical Gardens."

Mr. Joe Fox, who will be required to maintain the nearly 20 mile railroad, was unable to comment in a manner suitable for inclusion in this press release.

Moderator Announcements / Car Hosts (and minor Board Re-organization)
« on: March 25, 2019, 08:22:02 PM »
I created a sub-board under "Volunteers" for Car Hosts. This will be an area where those volunteers who are Car Hosts, Docents, Tour Guides, enthusiastic Brakemen/Conductors, etc. can share resources, tips, etc. All existing operating personnel are already members of this group and should be able to access this section of the Forum.

In doing so, I grouped Operating Volunteers and Carpooling as "child" boards to Volunteers. I think this tidys things up a bit; matching the Members-Only sections of the Forum.

If you want access to the Car Host section, (you are planning on training as a Car Host) and do not have acess already, please let me know.

If you are a Museum Member, and do not have access to the Members-Only sections of the Forum, please let me know. Note that you do not need to be a Museum Member to be a Car Host (or to volunteer in any other capacity at the WW&F.)



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