Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum

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Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum

Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum
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Speciality Museums • History Museums
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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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Mainemom24
Gray, ME8 contributions
Train and sleigh
Feb 2021
Very accommodating staff, fun ride thru the woods Sleigh ride was terrific. Very knowledgeable and willing to share info. Fun for adults and kids.
Written February 13, 2021
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Thanks so much for visiting and reviewing your experience. We're glad you had a good time. We've got lots in store for the rest of 2021 and hope that you'll visit with us again for another adventure! Stay posted at wwfry.org. See you on the Narrow Gauge! Sincerely, Steve Piwowarski Volunteer & Visitor Interaction Coordinator
Written February 19, 2021
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Amy M
Perry, ME95 contributions
Hidden Gem
Sep 2020 • Couples
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.
Written September 14, 2020
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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
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jgarland2019
Concord, NH10 contributions
Fun Favorite
Feb 2020
Great steam train ride up the mountain and then your choice of horse drawn sleighs or a tractor pull sleigh up to a beautiful farm. Bonfire, roasting marshmellows, treats, sledding, snowshoeing x country skiing if you wanted to. Then back to the sleighs and a ride back down. Very one was friendly and passionate about sharing history. Nice little museum.
Written February 20, 2020
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Glad you were able to join us for our special winter event, "Steam and Sleighs." Be sure to come back during our regular operating season (May - October) for more special events and train rides as together we work to rebuild Maine history. See you soon on the Narrow Gauge!
Written February 21, 2020
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johnmaskell2018
20 contributions
Outstanding Narrow Gauge Line
Oct 2019
This little line is well worth a detour if you're in Maine. You can be assured of a warm welcome. Locomotives and rolling stock are maintained to a high standard by an enthusiastic band of volunteers.
Written November 21, 2019
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Thanks for visiting us on the Narrow Gauge!
Written November 22, 2019
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lee m
Oakland, CA33 contributions
Fun, sweet olde time ride and visit
Sep 2019
This "museum" is across the entire 2' narrow gauge rail grounds. This includes working barns and sheds for repairs, building and restoring train cars as well as staff buildings in small wood cabins. Staff is mostly volunteer and all share the love of trains. This is a special place and wonderful train to ride through the Maine countryside. A car host and other docents, share so much knowledge of rail and local history. It is all circa 1900 with trains of steam power and without cell/radio use on the railways. Operating as a non-profit it also offers special event days for local townspeople, music festivals and wintertime decorated trains. Great 1/4 or 1/2 day trip for anyone near Bath, Wiscassett, Boothbay and Damariscotta regions. Good roads get you there. Kids love the train and a special ask for real train enthusiasts may get an adult to ride up front with the Engineer. We had an elderly person in a wheelchair too which was accommodated. Train ride has a donation fee but grounds can be walked around for free. But as a wonderful local and historical non-profit, you will want to support it.
Written September 22, 2019
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We're so glad you and your family came to visit us! Please come again and enjoy a ride on the Narrow Gauge!
Written September 23, 2019
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Doreen D
Massachusetts113 contributions
Vacationing
Aug 2019
This place is so interesting and the men that toured us around were so enthusiastic and passionate about what they are doing there. The history there is so awesome! If you like trains you will love this place!
Written August 17, 2019
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Thanks for spending part of your vacation with us. Please come and join us again.
Written August 18, 2019
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Bam C
Washington DC, DC144 contributions
One of the best things in Maine
Jul 2019 • Family
Totally non touristy. They are almost embarrassed to take your money. Authentic 1890 vintage steam locomotive , that you can get right up and check out. Totally volunteer run and they love it. The trip is up through the woods. I was happy that no "Indians" attacked the train, just some coal smoke and good history lesson.
Written July 20, 2019
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Thanks for the kind words. We strive to provide an "authentic" experience to our visitors. Please come again!
Written July 22, 2019
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Issie B
17 contributions
Wonderful place to visit
Jun 2019 • Friends
This hidden gem is a must see. This museum features among other things a fantastic 45 minute (down and back) steam train ride that transports you back in time using flags whistles and hand signals as done back in the day to communicate between the engineer and brakeman. It is a 2 foot narrow gauge ride on tracks thru the countryside with a guide that was so rich in stories about the history of this train, the area as well as the plans for the future. So personable! If you look into the Alna station when they make the turn around you feel like you are back 100 years. Can't say enough about this place. All volunteer driven and great plans for the future. Make sure you add this to a must see.
Written June 22, 2019
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Thanks for visiting and helping us rebuild Maine history. See you again on the Narrow Gauge!
Written June 23, 2019
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Bill K
Hyde Park, NY44 contributions
Authentic early 1900 vintage museum and train ride
Sep 2018 • Couples
While in Maine I decided to pay a visit to the WW&F Railway . It is an authentic rebuilt 1900 era 2 foot gauge railroad. The number 9 steam engine was running with a coach and an open car. the equipment ,sounds and smoke from the engine really take you back to a different era. the folks at the museum are very nice and the crew was great, especially conductor Ed!
Written September 8, 2018
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We're glad that you stopped in and enjoyed your visit. We enjoy sharing the history of the Maine narrow gauge railroads with our guests. Please come again!
Written September 11, 2018
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allenpm99
West Bowdoin, ME2 contributions
Really fantastic
Jul 2018 • Family
We went as a family tonight to a new concert series they have started. It was fantastic. There was a simplicity that seemed familiar. The band played under a tent from the back of an old Ford pickup and you take a steam train out about 3 miles to watch the concert. It really was great. Our 4 & 7 year olds loved it. The next concert is August 25th. We're definitely going again and would highly recommend this to locals and visitors alike.
Written July 28, 2018
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Thanks for the kind words and we're glad you enjoyed yourselves. We look forward to seeing you again on Aug 28th and/or Sept 8th for our next two concert trains. All Aboard!! - Conductor Ed
Written July 29, 2018
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