Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum

Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum

Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The WW&F Railway in Alna, ME, operates a historic steam-powered two-foot 'narrow gauge' railway through the Sheepscot Valley. The Railway traces its roots to 1894 when the Wiscasset & Quebec Railroad was built north from Wiscasset. With mounting debt & little business, the W&Q reorganized as the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington. Dreams of reaching Quebec, Waterville or Farmington never materialized yet, against the odds, the railway continued to provide a valuable service. Winding through pine forests, farmlands & hamlets, the WW&F connected Maine's interior to the coast until 1933. Brought back from extinction, the railway reopened in 1989. Today, you can ride our historic steam train for a trip back in time, explore our facilities and experience the art of running a steam-powered railway. See why the WW&F’s attractions & events are some of the best things to do in Midcoast. Enjoy Maine as it was a century ago. It is yours to discover and explore – we will take you there.
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  • Amy M
    Perry, Maine95 contributions
    Hidden Gem
    My husband and I heard about this place on the news while packing to leave our B&B continuing our coastal road trip south. We stopped in on a whim, on a Monday, and Steve - a 12-year veteran volunteer — offered us an interesting tour of the place and shared his passion for the narrow gauge train station. Well worth the stop. We only regret not happening by on a Saturday that the trains were running.
    Thanks for stopping by - we're glad Steve was there to show you around. Please come back if you are ever in the area again.
    Written September 15, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2020
  • john S
    3 contributions
    Maine's narrow escape
    The WW&F is a living museum which accurately portrays narrow gauge railroading in rural Maine during the early part of the 20th century. The line is built on the roadbed of the original Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway, which was torn out during the mid-1930's. Locomotive 9 was actually operated on the original line during 1933, along with one of the existing coaches, a boxcar and a flatcar. The extremely talented folks here have lovingly restored this equipment and also have built (and are building!) several other pieces. There is also quite a bit of equipment from some of the other 2 foot gauge railroads which once ran in Maine. The volunteers are very friendly and helpful. They love to tell you the story of their little railroad and are justifiably proud of what this museum has accomplished. I joined this organization several years ago and it is the nicest bunch of people! Some of the rides are structured to act as transportation to events, such as live concerts at Alna Cente and SeaLyon Farms for pumpkin picking and wagon rides. Hiking trails are also maintained by Midcoast Conservancy at Trout Brook. A train trip can be a pleasant part of a multi-faceted afternoon! I highly recommend this place!
    Thanks for being a member of our "nice bunch of people" and your support in our mission to preserve (and rebuild) the railroad with big dreams and little wheels.
    Written August 12, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2022
    Written August 9, 2022
  • herb
    1 contribution
    Relaxing, charming and great for kids
    A charming little steam engine ride that lasts about an hour. It goes through woods and the breeze from the open car was wonderful on an atypical hot day. The only improvement would be a simple portable mike (or a roving narrator) to tell passengers about the train's history. An older gentlemen who obviously works for the railroad stood at the back of our car and talked with people near him but it would have been great to hear some commentary. A perfect ride for kids, especially if the like trains, since there's also a little museum next to the train.
    Thanks for visiting the all-volunteer WW&F Railway. We made a conscious decision not to install a PA system in our cars (especially the historic ones built in the 1890s) as we try to offer an authentic "living history" experience that encompasses the entire museum grounds, railyard, and train ride. We do have as many volunteers on the train as are available to answer questions and provide insight as to the railroad - and include a free "museum guide" with every ticket (our apologies if your party did not receive one.)
    Written August 1, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2022
    Written July 24, 2022
  • Russell N
    2 contributions
    An Amazing Visit
    I'm a member and volunteer at the museum. I helped lay rail for the display track next to the engine house. Also helped to fireproof the enginehouse. Had a great time. It's amazing what this group has been able to do. Starting with a single man with a dream, it's now over 1,000 members strong, most actively participating. All of the train crew are volunteers and dedicate many weekends to showing passengers what a train ride was like 100 years ago.
    Thank you for helping us rebuild Maine history! Our annual work weekends (held in April and October every year) bring upwards of 100 volunteers to our railway to help lay track, build buildings, and restore railroad equipment. We welcome all ages and abilities to try learning new skills, or just experience what it was like to work on the railroad "all the live-long" day. We encourage visitors to join our volunteer corps as much as they would like and are able. It is especially gratifying to see entire families joining in on the fun! Oh, and we're now over 1300 members world-wide, making us one of the largest railroad museums in the United States, by membership.
    Written July 30, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Diane B
    1 contribution
    Felt like the Dr. Zhivago movie
    Read about this in the newspaper and went prepared for the cold and snowy, muddy conditions with boots. The ticketing was easy. The staff answered our questions and were very friendly. Learning about the trains and the ride, seeing the beautiful Percheron horses, the tasty and reasonable food all served with smiles, the bon fire, the sleigh ride, were all so enjoyable. All of the volunteers and staff have done such a good job in preserving history and the interest in trains.
    Thanks for joining us for "Steam and Sleighs to SeaLyon Farm". We appreciate the kind words and hope that you will visit us again soon on the Sheepscot narrow gauge.
    Written May 3, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2022
    Written February 13, 2022
  • NHjo
    Saco, Maine8,227 contributions
    Not something you see every day.
    I visited the site but didn't go on a train ride -- that's something I'd reserve for the autumn, when the foliage is at peak. The 1894 WW&F Railway has an interesting history, and the museum was fun to visit. They hold a lot of special activities, like the Sheepscot Stargazing train ride, Music on the Railway, and the Ice Cream Express.
    Thanks for stopping by and exploring our railway and grounds. The museum grounds (railyard, gift shop, repair shop, etc.) are open every Saturday and can be pursued free of charge. While we love it when our guests also purchase a train ticket for a ride or special event, it is not required to enjoy the sights and sounds of an authentic Maine narrow gauge railroad.
    Written August 9, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Stephanie W
    Yarmouth, Canada27 contributions
    Don’t miss this!
    Little did we know, this would end up being the highlight of our trip! This place is completely run by volunteers-and what an incredible job they do, even wearing similar attire you’d see in 100 year old photos. They were all so kind, friendly and informative. Always smiling! The train was incredible-the coal, the smoke, the bell and that WHISTLE! Easy to immerse yourself into the past and imagine what life was like long ago. Highly recommend! We were there roughly 2 hours including the hour long train ride.
    Wow! Thanks for the kind words - we're flabbergasted that our little railroad would be the highlight of your trip. Please come again soon for another adventure on the Sheepscot Narrow Gauge.
    Written September 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Kyle B
    Biddeford, Maine6 contributions
    A steam fill journy
    Now When it comes to Narrow gage Railroads in maine, You have really... two Choices. Maine Narrow gage in Portland that runs a Deasel electric loco. Or the WWF Railway that runs Steam.. I prefer the steam trains because im a sucker for that. I went on the Lavender Picking Dinner train, which rode up to the farm where everyone got off, Given a tractor ride and left at the farm that had a beer tent, A mom and poop cookery selling grass fed hamburgers, and all sorts of stuff, Icecream. ANd you can pick your own lavender if you can brave bees and Hornets. (sadly I have a phobia of Bees and Hornets) So I bought a bundle from the shop. While the only thing that happened was a kid getting eye irritation form the smoke. The Conductor did offer assistance if needed. While I will echo some others about having a pa system or a better way to talk hystory of the line and trains. (MNG and another rail museum does it) How ever I feel that really doesnt impact much. Just enjoy a steam powered journey though the woods of maine.
    Thanks for visiting the WW&F and riding the Lavender Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm. SeaLyon Farm does keep bees (in an area away from most of the activities at the farm.) You can buy the honey right there at the farm. Hornets are of course unwelcome pests and are eradicated as soon as they are discovered (and outside of public visiting hours.) Steam trains do occasionally emit cinders, and we keep a ready supply of eye wash on hand for those who choose to sit in the open car and happen to catch a stray cinder. We do make a conscious decision not to have a PA system and narration. Instead we strive to create a more authentic experience from train travel circa 1911, with our train crew interacting directly with passengers as they go about their duties. Every group is given a museum guide upon check in, which explains the history of the railway, the museum collection, and points of interest along the train route. We'd love to add more "car hosts" to improve this one-on-one interaction, and are striving improve this as we garner additional volunteers. Thanks for the honest feedback and we hope to see you again soon!
    Written July 16, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2022
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Benjamin L
    23 contributions
    Superb
    A real living/working history event. Very nice and informative/ engaged staff. This is a constantly growing and working narrow gauge steam railroad. This is a rustic working exhibits where they are rebuilding vintage equipment on site so expect dirt and grime and running equipment. This is a great unique experience. They have teamed up with a local farm that abuts the tracks and have lavender picking, horse drawn carriage rides, and pumpkin picking activities .
    Thanks for the kind words and for visiting us. We love our partnership with SeaLyon Farm for certain dates and activities.
    Written August 1, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2022
  • The English Muf... S
    Boston, Massachusetts2 contributions
    Authentic 1892 Steam Engine Train Experience
    It is wonderful to see and experience the dedication and passion the people at the Wiscasset - Quebec narrow- gauge railway have for the brilliant work they do. I’ve taken several such excursions on vintage trains from the Victorian era and I can say without reservation that this was one of the most amazing crew I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. -Stephan S.
    Thank you for the kind words and we hope to see you again soon on the Sheepscot Narrow Gauge!
    Written July 19, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 18, 2022
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Russell N
2 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
I'm a member and volunteer at the museum. I helped lay rail for the display track next to the engine house. Also helped to fireproof the enginehouse. Had a great time.

It's amazing what this group has been able to do. Starting with a single man with a dream, it's now over 1,000 members strong, most actively participating. All of the train crew are volunteers and dedicate many weekends to showing passengers what a train ride was like 100 years ago.
Written July 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for helping us rebuild Maine history! Our annual work weekends (held in April and October every year) bring upwards of 100 volunteers to our railway to help lay track, build buildings, and restore railroad equipment. We welcome all ages and abilities to try learning new skills, or just experience what it was like to work on the railroad "all the live-long" day. We encourage visitors to join our volunteer corps as much as they would like and are able. It is especially gratifying to see entire families joining in on the fun! Oh, and we're now over 1300 members world-wide, making us one of the largest railroad museums in the United States, by membership.
Written July 30, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Diane B
1 contribution
Feb 2022
Read about this in the newspaper and went prepared for the cold and snowy, muddy conditions with boots. The ticketing was easy. The staff answered our questions and were very friendly. Learning about the trains and the ride, seeing the beautiful Percheron horses, the tasty and reasonable food all served with smiles, the bon fire, the sleigh ride, were all so enjoyable. All of the volunteers and staff have done such a good job in preserving history and the interest in trains.
Written February 13, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thanks for joining us for "Steam and Sleighs to SeaLyon Farm". We appreciate the kind words and hope that you will visit us again soon on the Sheepscot narrow gauge.
Written May 3, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

NHjo
Saco, ME8,227 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
I visited the site but didn't go on a train ride -- that's something I'd reserve for the autumn, when the foliage is at peak. The 1894 WW&F Railway has an interesting history, and the museum was fun to visit. They hold a lot of special activities, like the Sheepscot Stargazing train ride, Music on the Railway, and the Ice Cream Express.
Written August 6, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thanks for stopping by and exploring our railway and grounds. The museum grounds (railyard, gift shop, repair shop, etc.) are open every Saturday and can be pursued free of charge. While we love it when our guests also purchase a train ticket for a ride or special event, it is not required to enjoy the sights and sounds of an authentic Maine narrow gauge railroad.
Written August 9, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Stephanie W
Yarmouth, Canada27 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Little did we know, this would end up being the highlight of our trip!
This place is completely run by volunteers-and what an incredible job they do, even wearing similar attire you’d see in 100 year old photos. They were all so kind, friendly and informative. Always smiling!
The train was incredible-the coal, the smoke, the bell and that WHISTLE! Easy to immerse yourself into the past and imagine what life was like long ago.
Highly recommend! We were there roughly 2 hours including the hour long train ride.
Written August 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Wow! Thanks for the kind words - we're flabbergasted that our little railroad would be the highlight of your trip. Please come again soon for another adventure on the Sheepscot Narrow Gauge.
Written September 4, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kyle B
Biddeford, ME6 contributions
Jul 2022
Now When it comes to Narrow gage Railroads in maine, You have really... two Choices. Maine Narrow gage in Portland that runs a Deasel electric loco. Or the WWF Railway that runs Steam.. I prefer the steam trains because im a sucker for that. I went on the Lavender Picking Dinner train, which rode up to the farm where everyone got off, Given a tractor ride and left at the farm that had a beer tent, A mom and poop cookery selling grass fed hamburgers, and all sorts of stuff, Icecream. ANd you can pick your own lavender if you can brave bees and Hornets. (sadly I have a phobia of Bees and Hornets) So I bought a bundle from the shop. While the only thing that happened was a kid getting eye irritation form the smoke. The Conductor did offer assistance if needed. While I will echo some others about having a pa system or a better way to talk hystory of the line and trains. (MNG and another rail museum does it) How ever I feel that really doesnt impact much. Just enjoy a steam powered journey though the woods of maine.
Written June 29, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thanks for visiting the WW&F and riding the Lavender Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm. SeaLyon Farm does keep bees (in an area away from most of the activities at the farm.) You can buy the honey right there at the farm. Hornets are of course unwelcome pests and are eradicated as soon as they are discovered (and outside of public visiting hours.) Steam trains do occasionally emit cinders, and we keep a ready supply of eye wash on hand for those who choose to sit in the open car and happen to catch a stray cinder. We do make a conscious decision not to have a PA system and narration. Instead we strive to create a more authentic experience from train travel circa 1911, with our train crew interacting directly with passengers as they go about their duties. Every group is given a museum guide upon check in, which explains the history of the railway, the museum collection, and points of interest along the train route. We'd love to add more "car hosts" to improve this one-on-one interaction, and are striving improve this as we garner additional volunteers. Thanks for the honest feedback and we hope to see you again soon!
Written July 16, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Benjamin L
23 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
A real living/working history event. Very nice and informative/ engaged staff. This is a constantly growing and working narrow gauge steam railroad. This is a rustic working exhibits where they are rebuilding vintage equipment on site so expect dirt and grime and running equipment. This is a great unique experience. They have teamed up with a local farm that abuts the tracks and have lavender picking, horse drawn carriage rides, and pumpkin picking activities .
Written July 25, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thanks for the kind words and for visiting us. We love our partnership with SeaLyon Farm for certain dates and activities.
Written August 1, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

The English Muf... S
Boston, MA2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
It is wonderful to see and experience the dedication and passion the people at the Wiscasset - Quebec narrow- gauge railway have for the brilliant work they do. I’ve taken several such excursions on vintage trains from the Victorian era and I can say without reservation that this was one of the most amazing crew I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. -Stephan S.
Written July 18, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for the kind words and we hope to see you again soon on the Sheepscot Narrow Gauge!
Written July 19, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Rob F
Acton, MA4 contributions
Jun 2022
The train ride was short but interesting. At the northern destination there was a barbecue set up by a husband and wife that was dreadfully slow and the food was so-so. The gift shop had some interesting historical stuff. Good for kids. I would recommend packing sandwiches in a backpack.
Written June 19, 2022
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Thank you for your honest criticism of our one-day special event, a Father's Day Weekend Train Ride and BBQ Cookout on 6/18/2022. We share your disappointment with the food vendor (Grandpa's Kitchen of Pittsfield, ME). While they did have a minor accident which hindered their setup time, they definitely fell far short of what they have provided for past events, and the expectation of excellence we ask of our partners. Even before seeing your review, we had addressed our concerns directly with Grandpa's Kitchen and SeaLyon Farm (who was hosting the cookout.) We are also actively seeking additional partners and vendors who can enhance our special events. We sincerely apologize that the experience did not meet your expectations, but hope you will consider visiting us again for a train ride (which will be longer starting in August 2022 when we open our mountain extension), or another special event, such as our Music on the Railway Concert Series, or Pumpkin Pickin' Trains to SeaLyon Farm.
Written June 21, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

bostonathony
Wiscasset, ME38 contributions
Sep 2022
The 1891 steam train was amazing. The in the woods concert was unbelievable. The venue was excellent and so unique. Have you ever done a concert in the woods ? Amazing experience. This is our 3rd one with the Wiscasset Railway. We are taking friends to the next one in October.
Written September 4, 2022
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Thanks for joining us for one of our "Music on the Railway" concerts. We're glad that you enjoyed it and look forward to seeing you for the final one in 2022, Oct 1st featuring local musician Jud Caswell.
Written September 5, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jennifer G
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Family
Excellent place to visit! This was our second time this summer. Brought three little kids under five with us. Staff was really kind and everyone had a blast. Very fun and informative.Highly recommend!
Written July 24, 2022
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Thanks for coming back to the railway. You are most welcome any time on the Sheepscot Narrow Gauge!
Written August 1, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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