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The railroad has an active freight service which has transported milk, cheese, grain, cattle, gasoline, coal and mail. Thirteen boxcars were purchased especially for carrying "Cremora" all over the nation while the Arcade Borden's plant was in opertaion. The longest train ever operated by the A.& A. occurred in the 1920's when the line handled 50 cars of "New Improved Michigan Limestone" out of Attica. With engine #5 in the lead, cars were set off at each station along the way until the train arrived at Arcade with two engines and twenty five cars. One of the more interesting operations of the railroad was service to the Attica State prison. The Erie Railroad serviced that area but their engines were too big to get inside of the prison so the job came to the A&A with its smaller engines. No "extra" passengers ever took the train out of the prison due to the watchful eyes of the inspectors.

Arcade & Attica Railroad

ara_state Incorporated in 1917, the Arcade & Attica Railroad remains an active freight hauler but also holds a distinction as the last operator of steam passenger excursions in the state of New York. Freight service operates from an interchange with regional Buffalo & Pittsburgh at Arcade Junction, New York, 15 miles to North Java. But the shortline primarily runs excursion trains between Arcade and Curriers, a ride of 7 miles and the source of most of the company's revenue. Originating pike Tonawanda Valley Railroad was organized in 1880 and ran a 3' gauge line between Attica and Curriers, and another railroad soon extended that line to namesake Arcade. The following decades saw expansion, contraction, and reorganizations under various names, until the present Arcade & Attica was organized in 1917 to purchase and operate the property. The northernmost 17 miles, from Attica south, were abandoned in 1957. Regular passenger service ended earlier in 1951, but excursion service began by 1962 with the purchase of second-hand steam locomotives. An enginehouse for steam and diesel work is maintained in Arcade. The company remains independent.

See also our complete Arcade & Attica steam tourist collection in Preservation

Diesel Motive Power

Arcade & Attica #110

  • builder:General Electric
  • model:44 tonner
  • type:B-B light switcher
  • built:Jun 1941, GE #12947
  • series:386 produced 1940-56
  • engine:(2) Caterpillar D17000 (400 hp)
  • notes:
  • blt new for Arcade & Attica
    retired; on display in Arcade, NY
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    Arcade & Attica #111

  • builder:General Electric
  • model:44 tonner
  • type:B-B light switcher
  • built:Apr 1947, GE #28346
  • series:386 produced 1940-56
  • engine:(2) Caterpillar D17000 (400 hp)
  • notes:
  • blt new for Arcade & Attica
    in service, backup unit
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    Arcade & Attica #112

  • builder:builder
  • model:65 tonner
  • type:B-B light switcher
  • built:May 1945, GE #27866
  • series:________________
  • engine:(2) Cummins (550 hp)
  • notes:
  • blt United States Navy #65-00063
    to Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge #122
    to Colorado Springs Public Utilities #9701
    to Arcade & Attica #112; in service
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    Arcade, NY

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    This page was updated on 2017-09-02