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Upcoming TRAIN Excursions
Saturday, February 11, 2017:
'Steam in the Snow Double Bill'
at the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum
2 Steam Locomotives – 2 Railroads – 2 Foot Gauge – an afternoon of trains & photography
Mass Bay RRE journeys north this February for a special wintertime photo event at the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum in Alna, Maine. The WW&F will steam up their recently restored No. 9, as well as visiting Monson RR No. 3. Two passenger trains will run over the entire operable track of the WW&F, using historic Maine 2 ft. equipment.
The first departure from Sheepscot Station in Alna will be at 12:30 PM. The trains will meet at Alna Center and passengers will have the opportunity to photograph and ride both trains. The engines will run around their trains at Top of the Mountain siding, and will be turned on the newly-built replica of the original WW&F wooden turntable.
If you haven't been to the WW&F Museum in a few years, you’ve missed a lot, including several new railroad buildings. The steam engines take water from an enclosed water tower and are maintained in an expanded 3-track Shop building The rolling stock is stored in a new 3-track Car House. A display will feature machines being built to construct for 2 new locomotive boilers to be built as part of the WW&F’s “21 Campaign.” At Sheepscot Station, the gift shop and heated restrooms will all be open.
We’ll be celebrating the return to service of both Locomotive #9, culminating a 20-year restoration to operating condition by the WW&F, and Monson #3. No. 9 is truly a unique engine – the only surviving locomotive from 3 different Maine two foot gauge railroads: the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes, the Kennebec Central, and the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington. Monson No. 3, now owned by the Maine Narrow Gauge Museum in Portland, returned to service on the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad in July, 2016, after 7-year long rebuild. Both locomotives will be operating throughout our visit, providing multiple opportunities for photo runbys.
Our chartered motorcoach package tour departs from Boston’s South Station at 8:45 AM. Passengers may also depart from the Sullivan Square MBTA station or the Anderson RTC in Woburn. Return to Boston is scheduled for 6:30 PM. A limited number of train-only seats will also be available for those wishing to drive to Alna on their own.
Preference will be given to orders from Mass Bay RRE members received by December 31, 2016.
Historical Information From Mass Bay RRE Excursions
Mass Bay RRE publishes a "Historical Brochure and Route Description" booklet for each of our rail excursions. Each booklet contains extensive information on the history and points of interest of the routes traveled. To obtain a list of brochures from past trips that are available for purchase, Click Here . The list is in reverse chronological order and lists the trip title or train name, the terminal points for the trip, and the purchase price for each brochure. Details on how to order brochures are also contained on the list.
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