Hello to all of you narrow gauge fans both far and wide. 2020 has proven to be an unusual if not unprecedented season for the Sandy River due to both our own construction program and Covid-19. Prior to this pandemic we launched upon an ambitious plan to lay new switches and track into our car barn, knowing that this would likely delay the opening of or season. We could not have foreseen the impact of Covid-19 with respect to those plans.
Guidance for social distancing and use of personal protection equipment remain in effect across our entire region. Social distancing isn’t practical within the confines of one of our passenger coaches, plain and simple. We all need to remain considerate of each other’s safety.
The Sandy River is an all volunteer organization. We have no paid employees, and we rely upon these volunteers to fulfill our mission of preserving the heritage of Maine two-foot railways for future generations. Many of our volunteers travel for hundreds of miles from out of state in order to fulfill that mission. The majority of our volunteers are past retirement, meaning that they are at higher risk should they contract Covid-19.
Based upon all of the above, our board of directors has voted to cancel the 2020 operating season. This was a somewhat difficult decision, but ultimately the right one for both the public and out volunteers. We look forward to seeing all of you in 2021. In the mean time, please be safe out there.