The Ride the Rails to Hike the Trails returns starting May 28. Contributed

Train and trail fans are invited to board the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway steam train at Sheepscot Station in Alna for a 20-minute trip through the backwoods of Alna to Top of Mountain, where volunteers from Midcoast Conservancy will take passengers on a guided tour of the scenic Trout Brook Preserve.

Following the 1.5-hour guided hike, the historic steam train will return hikers back to Sheepscot station. The ticket price of $20 for adults and $10 for youth includes the train ride, the guided hike, and parking at Sheepscot Station. Wheelchairs cannot be accommodated; alternatives include the Sheepscot Valley Service or a Caboose Adventure.

Dates for this year’s events are: May 28, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; June 11, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; July 9, 2-4:30 p.m.; Aug. 20, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Sept. 3, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Registration, which is handled by the Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway, is required. To sign up, visit

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