Our 2017 operating season is now complete, but please feel free to have a look at this past season’s special events list below. Some of these events, such as the Civil War reenactment, evening lantern trains, and ghost trains, have been regular staples of our schedule for many years. Other events, such as the Western Reenactment Weekend, were new for this season and extremely popular. We anticipate publishing our 2018 operating schedule and special events list by early May of 2018.
Please note that a number of the events listed below involve the collaborative efforts of our museum and other organizations. If you or your organization have an idea for an event that would dovetail well with an operating steam railroad museum, you are encouraged to contact us via Secretary@srrl-rr.org.
Past Events – 2017 Operating Season
Opening Day – Saturday May 27
The thrill of a steam train returns to Phillips. Locomotive Monson #3, leased from the Maine Narrow Gauge Museum, returns from winter assignments in Portland and Alna.
Father’s Day – Sunday June 18
What better way to spend Father’s Day than riding a steam train along our scenic route in the woods of Maine? Well, how about a half price fair for all fathers accompanied by children. Fares on this date will be $3 for Dad, $6 for children 13 and older, $1 for ages 6-12, and children five or younger ride for free.
Western Reenactment Weekend – Saturday & Sunday July 15, 16
Experience the thrill of the Wild West as desperadoes attempt to rob our train. This promises to be a redux of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, only without the dynamite.
Evening Lantern Trains – Friday & Saturday August 18, 19
Experience that bygone era when railway coaches were illuminated by oil lamps as our train travels through the darkness of the Maine woods. Our train departs about 45 minutes after sunset and returns to the station well after dark.
Civil War Reenactment – Saturday August 19
Uniformed forces of the Union and the Confederacy encamp along our railway and battle for control of the train. This event features exchanges of black powder pistol and rifle fire, and control of of the line changes so many times you would think it was the Baltimore and Ohio!
Ghost Trains – Saturday Evening September 30
Join us Saturday September 30 for our annual ghost train runs. This is a cooperative event supported by the local eighth grade class, and is always listed as “tentative” until the new class arrives at school and has a chance to decide upon their participation in the event. The first train runs at 6:45 PM, rain or shine, with departures about every half hour thereafter. The full event runs from 6:45 to 9:30 PM. These trains will be pulled by steam locomotive Monson #3, subject to the availability of both the locomotive and qualified steam crew,
Who knows what we might encounter as our intrepid little train plies the rails in darkness? There is really only one way to find out, so buck up and join us for an eerie ride through the dark Maine woods.
For those of you who are afraid of the dark, there will also be daytime train runs from 11 AM to 4 PM on this date.
Railfest @ PACC – Saturday September 30
Join our friends over at the Phillips Area Community Center (PACC) for a day of model railroad displays, then bring your ticket to the railway for $1 off of our normal fare. PACC is located at 15 Depot St, Phillips, ME 04966, which was the original car shop for our railway. It also sits adjacent to the Sandy River passenger depot.