Unique Volunteer Work Experience * All Day * Includes an Evening Dinner Train Saturdays: April 24, May 22, and June 26, 2021
Have you ever wondered what it takes to keep a railway operating? Or perhaps you have lifelong interest in railroads?
Come down & join us for a fun and interesting day of volunteering. Learn essential railroad maintenance skills and become part of a team that has, and continues to rebuild Maine history.
Your day out on the railway will begin at 8:30am with a safety briefing. Following the briefing, work parties will assemble to learn the basic jobs. The remainder of the day until 3:00 will be spent engaged in track maintenance with a break for lunch. After work a dinner train for volunteers will depart at 4PM and return to Sheepscot at 6PM.
Volunteer shifts begin promptly at 8:30AM at 97 Cross Road, Alna, Maine
Please arrive 15 minutes early to ensure trains can leave and work can begin on time
Wear heeled, fully enclosed above the ankle boots (safety boots are preferable)
Wear full legged pants (no shorts, etc.)
While an evening meal is provided, please bring your own bagged lunch to be eaten at the worksite during the lunch break.
Work will conclude at 3PM.
Younger volunteers are welcome under appropriate adult supervision.
A dinner train for all participants will leave Sheepscot at 4PM returning at 6PM. This is a thank you for your labor throughout the day and as such, is free of charge.
Volunteer Positions Include:
Preppers: These crew members prepare for the new tie by pulling spikes, jacking up rails, removing the old tie, and pulling the jacks.
Tie Installers: These crew members insert new ties & assist the tamper operator in tamping (compacting) the stone around the tie.
Spikers: These crew members spike the new tie in place using spike mauls and tie nippers.
About Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway Museum
97 Cross Road, PO Box 242, Alna, ME 04535, US
The Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum, Inc., is a nonprofit organization established in 1989 to acquire, preserve, and restore the operation of narrow gauge railroads and equipment which operated in the Sheepscot Valley and on other roads and to establish a Museum for the display of artifacts for enlightenment and education of the general public concerning the social and economic impact of railroads on the communities served.
The WW&F Railway Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, dedicated to the display and preservation of the two-foot gauge Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway; and its predecessor roads, the WW&F Railroad and the Wiscasset and Quebec Railroad. To that end, we attempt to replicate history as best we can, through the use of steam locomotives, hand signals, and the methods used by people on the original railroad, as much as possible. We are entirely volunteer-run.
Volunteers are a critical part of our operation. It is the volunteers that work on our projects, that meet and greet our visitors, and that operate our trains. We have no paid staff.
We encourage new volunteers to come and find a place with us. Because of the variety of things we do, and the potential dangers of working around railroad equipment, we require that new volunteers only do work at the railroad when there are longer-term volunteers around, at least for the first couple of months, so that we can "show you the ropes".
To volunteer, just show up. All ages, abilities, and interests are welcome.