Although their 2-foot track is less than half the width of standard gauge, Maines narrow gauge railways were real workhorses. The Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington hauled potatoes, poultry, lumber, mail, and passengers through the Sheepscot Valley for almost 40 years until it went bust in the mid-1930s. Learn more about its history in the railway museum before boarding for the trip along the original rail bed, pulled by a steam locomotive. The track runs for about two miles through woods and fields and past streams, says board member Jason Lamontagne. But we dont go very fast so the trip takes 30 or 40 minutes. The volunteers rebuild about 1,000 additional feet of track each year and are restoring one of Maines oldest narrow gauge locomotives. Ask and they might let you take a peek at the work.
97 Cross Road, Alna, Maine; 207-882-4193; wwfry.org; adults $6, seniors $5, ages 12 and under $4, 3 and under free. Weekends only.