Maine's Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington cancels fall work weekend, Christmas trains

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Volunteers take part in the Fall Work Weekend at the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington in 2014. This year's edition of the work event has been canceled.
Wayne Laepple
ALNA, Maine — The Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum has cancelled both its Fall Work Weekend and its popular Victorian Christmas events for 2020. Citing concerns involving the COVID-19 epidemic, museum president David J. Buczkowski made the announcement to members in a letter on Sept. 16.

In recent years, the spring and fall work weekends have attracted up to 100 volunteers, who build track, repair and paint rolling stock, paint buildings, and tackle other projects. Coming from as far away as Texas and Florida, volunteers find an atmosphere similar to a family reunion, with work, talk, and food.

Buczkowski said concern that the virus could affect volunteers in close proximity to one another was the main driver of the decision while noting as well that travel, lodging, and restaurant restrictions were also part of the decision.

In his message, he also said the museum’s popular Victorian Christmas, a free event in December, was also cancelled this year, as well as the museum’s participation in the annual Amherst Railway Society’s annual railroad hobby show in Springfield, Mass.

The museum will develop tentative plans for a Spring Work Weekend in April 2021.
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