Arcade and Attica Railroad

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Arcade and Attica Railroad Overview

The Arcade & Attica Railroad is a shortline railroad that hauls freight and passenger trains between Arcade, New York and North Java, New York. The railroad originally connected Arcade with Attica, New York, however the right of way from North Java north to Attica was abandoned in 1947 due to flooding on the Tonawanda Creek.

The principal business of the ARA is handling agricultural products and other commodities between Arcade and North Java. ARA continues to use its GE 80-ton centercab switcher no. 113 as primary freight power, and often will double-head 113 with its GE 65-tonner no. 112 to make switching operations easier at both ends of the line. The freight service operates on Monday and Thursday.

The ARA also runs passenger excursion trains from May to October. Passengers can enjoy a 14-mile ride from Arcade to Curriers, New York and back on restored 1920's era Boonton passenger coaches, and an open gondola, pulled by the historic Arcade & Attica 2-8-0 #18 (currently undergoing a full rebuild) or 1940's and 50's-era diesel engines.

ARA interchanges with Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad in Arcade, New York.

Arcade and Attica Railroad Locomotives

Number Model Year(s) Built History Notes
ARA 10 0-4-0F 1930 Ex-Dunlop Tire & Rubber 22/10. Static display at Curriers.
ARA 14 4-6-0 1917 Ex-ELS 14. Stored, pending an expensive overhaul.
ARA 18 2-8-0 1920 Ex-Boyne City 18. Currently being overhauled.
ARA 110 44 Tonner 1941 Built new for ARA. Static display at Arcade.
ARA 111 44 Tonner 1947 Built new for ARA. Secondary locomotive. Operational.
ARA 112 65 Tonner 1945 Ex-CSU 9701/USN 65-00063. Main locomotive. Operational.
ARA 113 80 Tonner 1959 Ex-ConEd. Main locomotive. Operational.

Arcade and Attica Railroad Customers

Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
Reisdorf Bros North Java Feed Mill Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars

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