On Friday, Aug. 7 Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum, 97 Cross Road, Alna will reopen to the public for the 2020 season with a special excursion at 5 p.m. to Milepost 8, at the foot of the new Trout Brook Bridge, over the Railway’s newly constructed Mountain Extension.
Saturday, Aug. 8 will be the annual picnic, with picnic lunches, train rides at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., a farm stand run by SeaLyon Farm and antique auto rides from Sheepscot Station. Another excursion to Milepost 8 will run at 5 p.m. Saturday.
The railroad will be operating on Saturday, Aug. 22, Sept. 5 and Sept. 19 and will offer handcar hops, ice cream “eggs-presses,” evening picnic specials, and campfire trains.
Handcar hops give groups of two to four people access to a hand-pumped car for 1.5 hours for a personal tour of the railway with one of the crew members.
Ice Cream “Eggs-presses” combine the ice cream social featuring Round Top ice cream with a belated egg hunt. For evening picnic specials, either bring your own picnic, or order through WW&F from Treats for one that will be ready when you arrive.
Picnic in the large open fields at Alna Center just before sunset. Meanwhile, the campfire trains take you to views of the sunset and stars, include s’mores kits from Creamed Baking Company in Wiscasset, and have a different activity each evening.
Saturday, Aug. 22 has a talk on the history of Maine’s railroads by Bill Kenny, author of “A History of Maine Railroads.” Saturday, Sept. 5 has music around the campfire with musician Jud Caswell. Saturday, Sept. 19 will be a stargazers special to enjoy the night sky away from bright lights. Bring your binoculars!
To ensure a safe environment for all of our visitors and crews, the Railway has adopted a safety policy concerning COVID-19. Find the policy at http://wwfry.org. All trains will have a 40-person maximum, which is under half the typical capacity. Trains will be cleaned between trips and transactions will be contact-less when possible. All tickets this year are being sold in advance at http:// wwfry.org. If you would like tickets but do not have internet access, please call 882-4193.
See you on the narrow gauge!