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Messages - Stephen Piwowarski

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Do you feel as though you are often confronted with too many choices in life? Happen to be building a railroad? You're going to be faced with many choices, not the least of which is the choice of gauge (the distance between the rails). Do you wonder about the so-called 'standard' gauge and whether it is really always the right choice when building a railway?

Come to a presentation at the Alna Center Station on Saturday May 18th to learn more. Attendees can reach the event from a train departing Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Road, Alna) at 6:30 PM. Following the presentation, the train will return to Sheepscot at 8:30PM

Learn first-hand why 2-foot narrow gauge railways, like the ones built by the sensible people in the state of Maine, could be the right choice for your community. WW&F Railway Superintendent Jason Lamontagne will explain just how such a narrow gauge railway can enhance transportation, commerce and culture while doing so with an economy of cost and ease of construction, both things a 'standard' gauge railway could not match.

At Alna Center there will be a bonfire and bean supper available at the event for $8.00, including hot dogs, salads, and drinks. Proceeds will benefit the continued reconstruction of the railway.

Event tickets are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 4-12 and free for children birth-3. Event tickets are available at the railway prior to 6:30PM or online. Advance tickets (available at are recommended, but not required. We cannot guarantee space on the train without an advance ticket.

Arrive 30 minutes prior to departure to ensure a relaxed boarding experience.

For more information visit or call 207-882-4193

~Event is weather permitting~ In the case of foul weather ticket holders will be informed and tickets will be refunded.

Volunteers / Re: May 2019 Work Reports
« on: May 10, 2019, 03:39:16 AM »
I guess the best people we could get are the ones that tell us how to recruit people.

That gives me an idea. Thanks Fred!

Museum Discussion / Re: Sources for period clothing?
« on: May 08, 2019, 09:27:49 PM »
For the record, that would be what is often referred to as a grease top engine drivers cap.

Museum Discussion / Re: Sources for period clothing?
« on: May 08, 2019, 09:10:53 PM »
Yes Bill - that is them.

I've also been curious about the condcutor's hat on the previous page that is in the Peck-era picture. It looks pretty much like a BR-era driver's cap, which are available.

Museum Discussion / Re: Sources for period clothing?
« on: May 08, 2019, 08:52:33 PM »
Just a heads up for anyone on the lookout for overalls, work clothes and the like that would be useful on the WW&F, I've had great luck with All Seasons Uniforms out of Woodstock, Il. Not only do they carry all sorts of workwear, they carry at least 5 different brands of bib overalls- at least 1 (roundhouse) is American made.

They have great customer service and are a pleasure to deal with. They also tend to offer a really good (if not best) price on what they carry.

Their number is 847-952-9860. You can also order online.

Volunteers / Re: May 2019 Work Reports
« on: May 01, 2019, 06:23:06 PM »
Thanks Ed! Good catch! I should remember that!

Volunteers / Re: May 2019 Work Reports
« on: May 01, 2019, 02:57:09 PM »
In which case you can take the noon train up, walk to the meeting @ 2 with time to spare and make your way back to Alna Center in time for the last Southbound train at around 3:30. Don't forget to put the flagstop signal out!


Work and Events / Mother's Day Tea- May 11th
« on: April 23, 2019, 06:23:36 AM »
Hi Everyone,

At long last, tickets for the Mother's Day Tea have been posted at Note that the event has been rescheduled from Sunday May 12 (the actual Mother's Day) to Saturday May 11th to ease the burden on our operating crews and work within our existing operating schedule.

Details are below:
Ride aboard reserved cars on our noon train to a special English-style Mother's Day tea at our Alna Center Station. The tea will feature locally-sourced cakes, scones, and sandwiches, plus tea and coffee. Moms will receive a special Springtime gift to bring home along with special treats when they board the train at Sheepscot. We're looking forward to making this a special day for the whole family and moms in particular.

Capacity is limited to 40, so get your tickets soon! Advance-purchase tickets are required, so that we can adequately prepare for the number of guests we will be hosting. Tickets are available at

Please arrive by 11:45AM to ensure a relaxed boarding experience. Tickets for the Mother's Day Tea are all-inclusive. They include tea service at Alna Center (accessed on the noon train), along with access to the other train at 10:30 and the Museum. After tea, ride the northbound train to Top of Mountain and return to Sheepscot at 2:15. All trains leave from Sheepscot Station at 97 Cross Road in Alna.

Ticket Prices are as follows:
$20.00 for adults
$15.00 for children 4-12
free for children birth-3

This event is weather dependent and, in the event of foul weather, an announcement will be made and emailed regarding the cancellation of the event. The full ticket price will be refunded.

Tickets are non-transferable (except by a Railway representative) and refundable up until May 9th.

Volunteers / Re: April 2019 Work Reports
« on: April 21, 2019, 10:41:45 PM »
Facebook targeting "boosts" (ads that went out to specific demographics) went out to 2 areas centered around southern Maine, Augusta, and Bangor.

Posters went up locally, along with some other local sharing of the event.

It was a great day and people had a really nice time from all of the comments I've read and heard in person. Great job team.


Museum Discussion / Re: ROW Vegetation control
« on: April 14, 2019, 05:43:19 PM »
I checked prices. Good wildflower mixes seem to cost around 100.00 for a 50lb bag.

It might be a nice gesture to coordinate with Midcoast Conservancy, Maine DEP, or U Maine Extension on choosing a mix that contains appropriate species for our area.

Museum Discussion / Re: ROW Vegetation control
« on: April 13, 2019, 08:42:56 AM »
Goats are really great foragers but sheep are better grazers- that is, they prefer pasture. A problem we might encounter with goats is plant toxicity. Goats cannot eat bracken fern and milkweed. Both occur along our ROW. Wilted cherry tree leaves and branches are also toxic. There are ways around this, however.

We are probably getting some goats either this year or next, so we should be able to test this. Meanwhile, seeding along the ROW with a wildflower mix could not only help us manage the ROW more easily, it could also provide a point of interest for visitors.


Work and Events / 2019 Easter Express
« on: April 10, 2019, 08:33:34 PM »
Hi All,

With Easter Eggspress coming up on the 20th, it is time to put posters out. Bill Reidy has out together a beautiful poster for us which Jason has been kind enough to print. Tomorrow copies will be available by the sign in log at the Percival house. If you could assist in putting them up at local businesses, it would be appreciated.

Thanks very much,

« on: April 04, 2019, 08:30:54 PM »

We've still got a bunch of excavation to do around the house and general construction going on so right by the house, where an RV would make sense isn't available right now.

« on: April 03, 2019, 10:31:05 PM »
If anyone wants to camp on the back 40 adjacent to Alna Center, message me. There's no running water or utilities, but if you have a tent and like roughing it- this could be your ticket. Plus, commuting distance, which has its perks.


Volunteers / Re: WW&F Offering Workshops for 2019 Season Car Hosts
« on: March 23, 2019, 07:29:35 PM »
Today we had the pleasure of working with 5 trainees during the 1st car host training workshop. We learned a lot from each other and every element of the training proved that many hands working together can truly produce a superior product! Thanks to everyone who participated and assisting with the training. I'll be posting the documents from the training here shortly.

I'd like to heartily welcome Lisa and Andy Gross, Dick Picard, Raija Suomela, Sonja Wyllie (who has been with the Ry many years, but not in this context) to the WW&F fold. You all brought plenty of excitement and great questions with you! Your presence has us all excited and looking

We'll be holding additional trainings the next two Saturdays March 30th and April 6th. You only need to attend one session to become qualified and we'd love to have you join the crew! Classes start at 8:00 with coffee and introductions and get underway in earnest at 8:30 we go until 11 when we break for lunch, then continue with a trip up the line after lunch.

Whether you are available every weekend, or only occasionally, consider joining us!

More classes will be offered towards the summer months for those not regularly available.

Thanks so much everyone!

See you on the narrow gauge,

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