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 Post subject: WW&F Snow Day
PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:20 pm 

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The WW&F will be running a special public and volunteer event on 2/17. Concurrent with the tree cutting activities along the Mountain Extension, public trains will be operating to Top of the Mountain for snowshoeing, backcountry x-country skiing, and related winter fun. #9 will be under steam as our main motive power, too!

Enjoy a winter day at the railway. Bring your snowshoes, cross-country skis, etc. and enjoy the outdoors on our secluded field and forest at the “Top of the Mountain” and overlooking Trout Brook. Trails for snowshoeing will be marked; backcountry x-country skiing will be available along the mountain extension. Or, join the volunteers as they cut trees and burn brush to clear the right-of-way. Since this is a rugged activity in the woods without facilities or conveniences, please dress and plan appropriately. In case of inclement weather, this event will be rescheduled to 2/24/18.

Trains will operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., so join us for a snow day!

 Post subject: Re: WW&F Snow Day
PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:45 pm 

Joined: Mon Aug 23, 2004 12:53 pm
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Location: Manchester, NH
We're making plans for a snow day at the railway on Saturday, February 17. Board the train at Sheepscot station between 10am and 2pm and we'll bring you to our 20+ acre field and forest at the Top of the Mountain. Bring your snowshoes, backcountry skis, or winter hiking gear and enjoy the Maine outdoors. Or, we'll be cutting trees and burning brush along our "Mountain Extension" – new volunteers are most welcome, and the bonfires will be sure to keep you warm. Check out the photos below for more details. Train fare will be $5.00 per person.

At the Top of the Mountain, trails have been marked for snowshoeing or hiking. With yesterday's fresh coat of 10" on top of the existing snow pack, the conditions should be excellent for winter fun.

Locomotive #9 will be all steamed up for your travel. Be sure to bring your camera as 'steam in the snow' is a visual that you'll want to capture. Rail-enthusiast photographers are welcome to join us, but note that we will not be making 'runbys' etc., and we ask that photographers honor our neighbors' private property.

One acre of former farmland has been cleared at the Top of the Mountain. Eventually this location will house a sawmill, a shingle mill, and other attractions to illustrate the era of the WW&F Railway. This winter, it would make a great location for a snowman!

A half-mile of trails at the Top of the Mountain wind through the forest. It's difficult to imagine that when the railroad operated 100 years ago, this was all open farmland.

At the end of the 'green' trail, you'll discover an abandoned camp. We ask that you do not enter this unmaintained building, and suspect that you will choose not once you peer inside. Instead, turn around and admire Trout Brook through the trees, some 20 feet below the overlook.

The end of the orange trail is the base of the valley which holds Trout Brook. Please do not attempt to cross the brook as there are no facilities or marked trails on the other side. Instead…

…admire its beauty.

Meanwhile, we'll be working on the railroad. Follow the railroad north on foot or through the backcountry on cross-country skis, and lend a hand as we clear the path along the Mountain Extension. There will be bonfires burning brush to keep us warm (and entertained.) Please dress appropriately should you want to participate in rebuilding Maine history.

At the days end, we'll bring you back to Sheepscot station after an enjoyable snow day on the railway.

-Ed Lecuyer
Volunteer, WW&F Railway Museum, Alna ME.
Please help the WW&F construct a Narrow Bridge Ahead!

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