Arcade and Attica - History

Arcade and Attica - History

Attica History

Information about the History of Attica, in Greece but also information about the history of Athens: Although Athens was the most powerful town of Attica in the ancient times, there were also other towns in the peninsula that developed for some time. During antiquity, the Athenians were proud to be autochthonic as they used to say, which means that they would historically originate from the peninsula of Attica and had not moved there from anywhere else.

In the Mycenaean times, the people of Attica lived in autonomous agricultural societies and this is when many towns were established in the peninsula, including Marathon, Rafina, Spata, Thorikos, and Athens itself. In fact, Attica had 12 small communities under the reign of Cecrops, a mythical king half snake half man. All these towns were incorporated in an Athenian state during the reign of legendary Theseus.

Until the 6th century BC, aristocratic families lived independently in the suburbs. However, after the laws of the tyrant Pisistratus and the reforms of Cleisthenes, all these local communities lost their independence and were united under the central government of Athens.

After that, Athens became the most powerful town of the peninsula and to gain this power, it had to go to war with other towns, such as Megara. With the development of its naval power, Athens conquered many other towns of Greece and the Asia Minor and became a center of trade, culture, art, and economics. Many sanctuaries were constructed that time around Attica, including the temple of Artemis in Vravrona, the Sanctuary of Amphiaraos and the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion, that can be visited today.

The decline that followed the defeat in the Peloponnesian War was never to be surpassed and since then Athens lost its power.

The history of Attica was actually marked by that war. The centuries that followed, with a small exception during the Roman period (2nd century BC-2nd century AD), Athens and generally the peninsula of Attica was destroyed by wars, pirate raids, and invasions from northern tribes.

Only in the mid 19th century, when Athens became the capital of Greece, Attica started to develop again and today it has become of the most important region of the country, with many ports, high ways, and factories.

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‘Dog Day Afternoon’ is about a bank robbery gone wrong

Directed by Sidney Lumet, Dog Day Afternoon is based on The Boys in the Bank by P.F. Kluge, a Life Magazine article from 1972 that detailed a bank robbery carried out by John Wojtowicz. In 1971, Wojtowicz and his two accomplices attempted to rob a branch of Chase Manhattan bank in Brooklyn. They hoped pay for gender reassignment surgery for Wojtowicz’s partner, Elizabeth Eden.

The film follows the same basic plot, with Pacino playing “Sonny Wortzik,” a man trying to rob the First Brooklyn Savings Bank to pay for his partner’s gender reassignment surgery. The plan goes upside down immediately when Pacino’s character discovers that the cash pick up has already occurred and his accomplice, Stevie, runs away.

Once Pacino is barricaded in the bank he has to negotiate with the police, and on his first trip outside he gets into a heated exchange with an officer that culminates in Pacino shouting, “Attica! Attica!”

Arcade & Attica Railroad 5/19/2010

Randy and I got up at the Nellie's Arcade Village Hotel and after we went to the store we had a good breakfast at Nellie's Family Restaurant. From here we drove down to the Public Parking behind a building across the street from the Arcade & Attica Railroad Train Station and parked the rental car.

Right by where we parked was a railroad display.

Arcade & Attica GE 44 Toner 110.

Arcade & Attica Box Car 411.

Arcade & Attica Caboose 303.

The rear view of the train display.

The Arcade & Attica Train Station. From here I walked through the station and east three blocks to the engine house.

The Arcade & Attica Engine House.

An Arcade & Attica freight train would be leaving town before our scheduled departure.

Arcade & Attica GE 44 Toner 112.

Arcade & Attica Steam Engine 18 in the Engine House.

Arcade & Attica Steam Engine 14 in the Engine House.

Arcade & Attica 44 Toner 111.

Two more views of Arcade & Attica 111. From here we walked back to the station to wait for our engine and then the freight train.


Arcade & Attica 111 heads for the front of our train.

The Arcade & Attica Freight Train heads north out of Arcade.

The active Arcade & Attica motive power in one picture.

Arcade & Attica 111 crosses NY 39. From here I boarded the open car for our trip this morning. The train had Arcade & Attica 111, Combine 305, Coach 307 and the Open Car.

The Attica & Arcade was organized on February 28, 1870. The company purchased the old right away of the Attica & Allegheny Valley Railroad. This railroad went bankrupt. Outside money and backing finally solved some of the local problems. Backed by the Erie Railroad, the Tonawanda Valley Railroad was incorporated on April 28, 1880. Using the grade of the previous railroad, the railroad built a 24 mile narrow gauge line from Attica through Curriers Corners to Sardina to connect with the Buffalo, New York & Pennsylvania Railroad. On September 11, 1880 the first train ran from Attica to Curriers Corners. In October 1880 the Tonawanda Valley Railroad was organized to extend the line from Curriers to Sardina but instead went to Arcade and the railroad reached there on May 1, 1881. The railroad continued to expand to Cuba via Sandusky and Rushfold reaching Cuba on September 4, 1882. The company then defaulted on their bonds during September 1884 and went into receivership. On October 30, 1886 the Tonawanda Valley & Cuba stopped service from Cuba to Sandusky. On January 19, 1891 the section from Attica to Freedom was formed but that line went bankrupt and was sold in April 1894. The Buffalo, Attica & Arcade was formed in 1894 to operate. The first action was rebuilt to standard gauge and by January 1894 the line was opened from Attica to Curriers. By January 1902 the line was extended to Sandusky but this line was washed away by a flood in August. The line was acquired by the Buffalo & Susquehanna Railroad which connected with it in Arcade. In 1913 the railroad was sold to outside management which failed to find success and closed the line during the winter of 1916-1917. Local ownership returned including the Merrell-Soule Company of Arcade which operated a large milk processing plant which returned to the scene when on May 23, 1917, the Arcade & Attica was formed to operate the line. The line survived the depression and then in 1941 purchased a General-Electric 44 Toner diesel. Regular passenger service on the Arcade & Attica ended in 1951. The Attica to North Java was abandoned in 1957 after Tonawanda Creek washed out the track. The interchange was then with the Pennsylvania Railroad going through Arcade Junction. By the late 1950's freight business was dropping so the railroad tried passenger excursions to try to raise addition revenue. To create a passenger train steam engine 18 was purchased from the Boyne City Railroad in Michigan along with two Delaware, Lackawanna & Western coaches. The first run was on July 27, 1962 for the railroad's officials and press. Regular service was started that August.

Our train left Arcade by backing east to do the rare mileage part of the trip first as we would head to Arcade Junction first.

Riot at Attica prison

Prisoners riot and seize control of the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York. Later that day, state police retook most of the prison, but 1,281 convicts occupied an exercise field called D Yard, where they held 39 prison guards and employees hostage for four days. After negotiations stalled, state police and prison officers launched a disastrous raid on September 13, in which 10 hostages and 29 inmates were killed in an indiscriminate hail of gunfire. Eighty-nine others were seriously injured.

By the summer of 1971, the state prison in Attica, New York, was ready to explode. Inmates were frustrated with chronic overcrowding, censorship of letters and living conditions that limited them to one shower per week and one roll of toilet paper each month. Some Attica prisoners began to perceive themselves as political prisoners rather than convicted criminals.

On the morning of September 9, the eruption came when inmates on the way to breakfast overpowered their guards and stormed down a prison gallery in a spontaneous uprising. They broke through a faulty gate and into a central area known as Times Square, which gave them access to all the cellblocks. Many of the prison’s 2,200 inmates then joined in the rioting, and prisoners rampaged through the facility beating guards, acquiring makeshift weapons, and burning down the prison chapel. One guard, William Quinn, was severely beaten and thrown out a second-story window. Two days later, he died in a hospital from his injuries.

Using tear gas and submachine guns, state police regained control of three of the four cellblocks held by the rioters without loss of life. By 10:30 a.m., the inmates were only in control of D Yard, a large, open exercise field surrounded by 35-foot walls and overlooked by gun towers. Thirty-nine hostages, mostly guards and a few other prison employees, were blindfolded and held in a tight circle. Inmates armed with clubs and knives guarded the hostages closely.

Riot leaders put together a list of demands, including improved living conditions, more religious freedom, an end to mail censorship and expanded phone privileges. They also called for specific individuals, such as U.S. Representative Herman Badillo and New York Times columnist Tom Wicker, to serve as negotiators and civilian observers. Meanwhile, hundreds of state troopers arrived at Attica, and New York Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller called in the National Guard.

In tense negotiations, New York Correction Commissioner Russell Oswald agreed to honor the inmates’ demands for improved living conditions. However, talks bogged down when the prisoners called for amnesty for everyone in D Yard, along with safe passage to a “non-imperialist country” for anyone who desired it. Observers pleaded with Governor Rockefeller to come to Attica as a show of good faith, but he refused and instead ordered the prison to be retaken by force.

On the rainy Monday morning of September 13, an ultimatum was read to the inmates, calling on them to surrender. They responded by putting knives against the hostages’ throats. At 9:46 a.m., helicopters flew over the yard, dropping tear gas as state police and correction officers stormed in with guns blazing. The police fired 3,000 rounds into the tear gas haze, killing 29 inmates and 10 of the hostages and wounding 89. Most were shot in the initial indiscriminate barrage of gunfire, but other prisoners were shot or killed after they surrendered. An emergency medical technician recalled seeing a wounded prisoner, lying on the ground, shot several times in the head by a state trooper. Another prisoner was shot seven times and then ordered to crawl along the ground. When he didn’t move fast enough, an officer kicked him. Many others were savagely beaten.

In the aftermath of the bloody raid, authorities said the inmates had killed the slain hostages by slitting their throats. One hostage was said to have been castrated. However, autopsies showed that these charges were false and that all 10 hostages had been shot to death by police. The attempted cover-up increased public condemnation of the raid and prompted a Congressional investigation.

The Attica uprising was the worst prison riot in U.S. history. A total of 43 people were killed, including the 39 killed in the raid, guard William Quinn, and three inmates killed by other prisoners early in the riot. In the week after its conclusion, police engaged in brutal reprisals against the prisoners, forcing them to run a gauntlet of nightsticks and crawl naked across broken glass, among other tortures. The many injured inmates received substandard medical treatment, if any.

In 1974, lawyers representing the 1,281 inmates filed a $2.8 billion class-action lawsuit against prison and state officials. It took 18 years before the suit came to trial, and five more years to reach the damages phase, delays that were the fault of a lower-court judge opposed to the case. In January 2000, New York State and the former and current inmates settled for $8 million, which was divided unevenly among about 500 inmates, depending on the severity of their suffering during the raid and the weeks following.

Families of the slain correction officers lost their right to sue by accepting the modest death-benefit checks sent to them by the state. The hostages who survived likewise lost their right to sue by cashing their paychecks. Both groups attest that no state officials apprised them of their legal rights, and they were denied compensation that New York should have paid to them.

The true story of the Attica prison riot

When a helicopter flew over the yard at Attica Correctional Facility on Sept. 13, 1971, five days into a takeover of the prison by its 1,300 inmates, some of the prisoners thought it held New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, come to help negotiate an end to the standoff.

Prison officials clean up weapons and other materials used in the Attica Correctional Facility uprising of 1971. AP

They realized their error when the gas dropped.

The combination of CS and CN gas created a “thick, powdery fog” in the yard “that quickly enveloped, sickened and felled every man it touched.”

But while the gas subdued the prisoners, it was merely the opening salvo in a full-on sadistic assault that set the stage for days of death and bloodshed, weeks of torture, years of pain and decades of lawsuits, investigations and recriminations.

For her new book “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy,” Heather Ann Thompson tracked down long-hidden files related to the tragedy at Attica — some of which have since disappeared — to tell the saga in its full horror.

The book’s many revelations include how police had removed their identification prior to the raid and how prisoners were misled into believing negotiations were ongoing at the time. Thompson reveals that the state took its actions knowing its own employees, then being held hostage, would likely be killed. She lays out how officials as high up as President Richard Nixon supported many of these actions and how in the years following the riots, the state went to extraordinary lengths to try to obscure facts and protect offenders.

“I found a great deal of what the state knew, and when it knew it,” she writes, “not the least of which was what evidence it thought it had against members of law enforcement who were never indicted.”

The Attica riot was the culmination of a growing frustration at the time with conditions in America’s prisons, including severe overcrowding, virtual starvation, and an often complete absence of medical care. (Located in Western New York, Attica prison remains active, and has since held the likes of David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz and John Lennon’s assassin, Mark David Chapman.)

Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and President Nixon approved of the brutal retaking of Attica. AP (right)

The corrections officers were often locals simply looking for steady work. They received no training on how to deal with caged, often violent men and were paid so poorly that many required a second job to make ends meet, yet each was expected to oversee anywhere from 60-120 prisoners at once.

Early in the summer of 1971, the commissioner of prisons received a list of demands from a prisoner group calling themselves the “Attica Liberation Faction.” The letter cited how the administration and prison officials “no longer consider or respect us as human beings,” and demanded 28 reforms including “improvements in the working and living conditions and a change in medical procedure.” The state’s reaction was to punish anyone found in possession of this manifesto with 60 days in solitary and to tighten prisoner conditions overall.

Soon, prison officials realized that traditional factions among racial and religious lines were breaking down, the men instead forging a new solidarity. On Aug. 22, the day after a prisoner in California was murdered, “most of the prisoners were wearing a strip of black cloth as an armband,” and ate their breakfast in unnerving silence. Attica’s officers began expressing fears to their families some began “leaving their wallets at home in case anything ‘jumped off’ at the prison.”

A violent confrontation on Sept. 8, 1971, led prisoners to believe, incorrectly, that one of their own had been killed when they saw guards carrying his limp body to his cell.

The tension exploded on Sept. 9. After a prisoner in lockdown was released when a fellow inmate managed to flip the switch to his cell door, a group of convicts were locked in a passageway, known as A Tunnel, on the way back from breakfast. Believing they were about to suffer a fate similar to the prisoner from the day before, one attacked a guard, and several others immediately joined in.

“All of a sudden, it seemed to dawn on [the prisoners] that they were little more than sitting ducks locked in the tight confines of this ill-lit tunnel,” Thompson writes. “As prisoner Richard X Clark put it, ‘We expected the goon squad any minute.’ ”

Now petrified they were about to face harsh reprisals, the prisoners “began grabbing anything they could find to protect themselves.”

Some inmates hid in fear, while others saw a chance for revenge against guards or prisoners who had done them wrong. “Within mere minutes,” Thompson writes, “A Tunnel had disintegrated into a blur of flying fists, breaking windows, and screaming men.”

Many in other sections of the prison could see the melee, and others still could hear it. Word spread quickly, and throughout the prison, men were grabbing any potential weapon they could find and stripping guards of their keys. A guard named William Quinn, after surrendering his keys and nightstick, was “hit on the head with tremendous force by someone wielding what was later described as either a two-by-four or a ‘heavy stick.’ Quinn fell to the ground, where others set upon him and trampled him.”

Inmates of Attica state prison in upstate New York raise their fists to show solidarity in their demands during a negotiation session with state prisons Commissioner Russell Oswald, Sept. 10, 1971. AP

Many prisoners went out of their way to protect guards who had treated them well. When one group of prisoners forced a guard named G.B. Smith to strip, another grabbed him, screaming “that this was his ‘motherf—ing hostage.’” As he whisked Smith away, he told him, “Don’t worry, I’m going to try to get you to the yard as easy as possible.” Meanwhile, more than 30 guards were held captive in the prison yard.

The events of the next four days, which Thompson relays in visceral detail, included strained negotiations that found a team of observers, including famed attorney William Kunstler and New York Times reporter Tom Wicker, attempt to assist negotiations between the prisoners and the state, and Rockefeller refuse to make an appearance that many later believed might have quelled the entire incident.

Despite Quinn’s treatment — he soon died of his injuries — the prisoners made attempts at good faith negotiations. But in the end, their greatest demand was for amnesty for their actions during the riot. Quinn’s death made this impossible.

State police and others in law enforcement arrived at the prison en masse on day one, hoping to retake it by force. On day five, Rockefeller gave the order, with President Nixon’s support, to overtake the prison. But it was clear to all, Thompson writes, that the retaking would almost certainly result in the deaths of at least some of the guards being held hostage.

The force that stormed the prison consisted of 550 uniformed members of the New York State Police plus hundreds of sheriffs, deputies and police from neighboring counties, many brandishing their personal weapons, eager to take a shot at prisoners who killed one of their own. State officials later said these officers arrived of their own accord, but the officers claimed they were invited.

Capt. Frank Wald, a correctional officer at the Attica State Prison (Hands Clasped) as he and other guards held hostage by inmates tell newsman they were being treated fairly by inmates. AP

One officer, Technical Sgt. F.D. Smith, later commented that, “an attitude of disgust was apparent among troopers and guards . . . a number of our people were heard wishing for ‘something to happen even if it’s the wrong thing.’ ”

As such, many of the officers removed their identification before entering the prison, allowing them to act with impunity. One officer, who arrived with his rifle, said he was told by a member of the state police to “‘pick a target’ and shoot to kill.” Many of the officers used “.270 caliber rifles, which utilized unjacked bullets, a kind of ammunition that causes such enormous damage to human flesh that it was banned by the Geneva Convention.” While the plan called for officers to clear one section of the prison after the gas was dispersed, there was little set in stone after that.

Once the gas was dropped, recapturing Attica was quick and easy. What happened after that was something else altogether.

“It was instantly clear that troopers and COs were no longer merely trying to regain control of the facility. This was already done,” Thompson writes. “They now seemed determined to make Attica’s prisoners pay a high price for their rebellion.”

What followed were acts of brutality so heinous they beggar the imagination. Officers were shooting indiscriminately, smashing in convicts’ heads with the butts of their guns and shooting them, then sticking gun barrels in their mouths for laughs. One prisoner was shot seven times, then handed a knife by a trooper and ordered to stab a fellow prisoner. (He refused, and the officer moved on.) Another was shot in the abdomen and leg, then ordered to walk. When he couldn’t, he was shot in the head.

Some of the black prisoners heard the N-word screamed at them as they were shot, or taunts of, “White power!”

“[The guards] received no training on how to deal with caged, often violent men and were paid so poorly that many required a second job.”

As this was happening, a group of prisoners formed a circle of protection around the hostages but were soon gunned down. Several guards found themselves staring into a fellow officer’s barrel, seconds from death, saved only by a last minute scream of, “He’s one of ours!” But in the chaos and savagery, both hostages and members of the rescue force fell victim to their fellow officers.

A half-hour after the operation began, 128 men had been shot 29 prisoners and nine hostages had been killed. And the real chaos had just begun.

In the hours and days following the retaking, while Rockefeller touted the mission as a great success and the public was told the dead hostages had been killed by prisoners, Attica became a chamber of horrors.

Naked prisoners were forced to run gauntlets, beaten with batons as they ran. One 21-year-old inmate shot four times heard troopers debating “whether to kill him or let him bleed to death . . . as they discussed this the troopers had fun jamming their rifle butts into his injuries and dumping lime on his face and injured legs until he fell unconscious.” Prisoners were made to crawl naked on concrete through blood and broken glass, subjected to Russian roulette and even forced to drink officers’ urine.

For the victims of this abuse, no medical care was made available, in some cases for days or even weeks. One doctor was ordered not to treat a shooting victim with blood running down his face, and a guardsman was literally ordered to rub salt in another prisoner’s wounds.

Even Attica’s official physicians got in on the act. According to Thompson, when presented with an injured prisoner with a swollen neck, Attica’s Dr. Paul Sternberg “laughed and said, ‘Ha, ha, you swallowed your teeth.’ ” Either Sternberg or the prison’s other doctor, Selden Williams, was reportedly overheard saying of a prisoner, “That n—-r is a f—-r and he should have died in the yard so we won’t treat him.”

Meanwhile, thanks to a pliant press, the nation was initially convinced that all the savagery had come at the hands of the prisoners.

In many ways, even 45 years later, the ordeal at Attica has never really ended. As the truth emerged over the coming years, protests erupted around the country, the prisoners’ abuse becoming a symbol of a government and a system out of control.

Investigations that followed found police visiting many of the same prisoners who endured this torture, threatening them with abuse or indictments if they didn’t testify against their fellow inmates.

In 1976, Gov. Hugh Carey, overwhelmed by the complexities and the political minefield of it all, announced clemency and pardons for every Attica prisoner for cases related to the riots.

In 2000, a class action of prisoners won $12 million from the state and, perhaps more meaningfully, got to tell their tales of abuse on the record.

The judge’s order included a 200-page summary detailing the atrocities these men had faced. But even with this, their story feels something less than complete.

“Even though they had settled with the state, the state still would not admit to wrongdoing at Attica,” writes Thompson. “It wasn’t even close to justice. But it was the closest thing to justice that these men would ever get.”

Attica, land of a thousand archaeological sites

Archaeological digs in the region of Attica have been going on for hundreds of years, until 1837, following the Greek War of Independence from the Turks. However, many of the most recent archaeological finds in Athens were uncovered not by a mild-mannered archaeologist with a careful brush, but a steel monster with sharp teeth. The metro-rat, or metropontikas, is a mechanical excavator that came across a lot of important pieces of history while grinding rock all over Attica for the new Athens Metro network so many, in fact, that there is now a small museum in almost every Metro station.

Thanks to the Greek traveller and geographer Pausanias, who documented most of the secular buildings in the second century AD, many of Attica&rsquos historical antiquities have been saved from the ravishes of time and now fill the numerous museums in the region. The first was the National Archeological Museum, founded by governor Ioannis Kapodistrias.

Today, one can spend a whole day at the brand new Acropolis Museum to be transported to the golden era of Athens and become a part of its glory.

The Attica and Arcade Railroad, Arcade, New York

The Arcade and Attica Railroad at the Depot in Arcade, New York

The U.S. state of New York is a state of many great treasures. One of the most popular waterfalls in the world, Niagara Falls, is on the border with Canada. Another great treasure is south of this natural wonder. What is it? The locals know it as the Attica and Arcade Railroad.

A Display Train in Arcade, New York

The main depot is in the heart of the town of Arcade. The experience begins… as you enter the parking lot. Yes, it begins when you park your car, and a train consisting of a bright orange locomotive, a red boxcar and a red caboose is on display. Sadly, this train does not go anywhere. You then make the short walk to the bright orange depot. You go inside… and you find yourself in a museum. Artifacts from different railroads are on display here. While walking through, you finally find yourself at the ticket office where you get your ticket for the train.

The Arcade and Attica Train Depot Across New York Route 39 in Arcade, New York

After a while, it is time to board the train in the bright orange cars pulled by a bright orange World War II era locomotive. You get on board and sit. The train pulls out of the station. You wave to everyone as it pulls out of the depot across the street and over a creek. In a short time, you are surrounded by open farmland. You pass through a swamp and then more farmland. Then you arrive at the Curriers Depot which is painted in bright orange. This is the north terminus of the excursion trains. (Their freight trains continue six miles north to the town of North Java.) The locomotive detaches from the train, and then it begins the journey to the other end. About halfway, it stops. Why? Here, you climb into the locomotive. You sit in the engineer’s seat and get a glimpse of what it is like on a locomotive. You climb out and see the train with the number 22 locomotive, box car and passenger car. You want more. You walk to the depot which houses, yes, another museum. Well, it is time to get back on the train and head back to Arcade. As you de-board the train, you have one regret that you wish that the ride was much longer.

The Locomotive at the Depot in Curriers, New York

The Attica and Arcade is a short line railroad with a deep history that once connected the towns of Arcade and Attica with the city of Buffalo. After flood damage to the tracks, trains no longer went to Attica, but the name of the railroad remains. Along with excursion passenger service, they are also a freight railroad.

Looking Down the Tracks of the Arcade and Attica Railroad.

The Attica and Arcade Railroad is in the town of Arcade, New York which is located forty miles south of Buffalo. The depot is located at 278 Main Street (New York Route 39) just west of its junction with New York Route 98. Parking is a short walk from the depot itself. You can get information on the excursions, ticket prices, directions and read more into the history of the railroad at You can also read more about the restoration project of the Number 18 steam locomotive to operate on its 100 th birthday in November of 2020.

Number 22 on Display at the Curriers Depot.

So, if you like seeing orange, and if you like seeing trains, you will enjoy a day on the Arcade and Attica Railroad. They would love to see you ride.

Locomotive Number 113 at Curriers, New York.

Step back in time aboard one of the only operating train excursions in New York State and enjoy a two-hour long adventure into the beautiful rolling hills of Wyoming County!

The Arcade & Attica (A&A) is an authentic operating short line railroad and holds the distinction of being one of the last "common carriers" - running freight and passenger trains weekly.

Their regular excursion trains run every weekend from Memorial Day Weekend until the last full weekend of September. But the fun doesn&rsquot stop there because throughout the year, they offer special event trains and excursions including Civil War weekends, Fall Foliage Rides, World War II Weekend, Superhero & Princess Trains, North Pole Trains to meet Santa at his workshop, wine & beer tasting trains, dinner theater events and so much more.

This is a family friendly activity, that involves snacks, refreshments and entertainment for every member of the family. The main station is located on Main Street in Arcade, walking distance from restaurants, shops and much more. So enjoy this historic experience while making memories with family and friends that you&rsquoll be talking about for generations!

Main Phone:585.492.3100
Mailing Address:278 Main Street
Arcade, NY 14009

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Step back in time aboard one of the only operating train excursions in New York State and enjoy a two-hour long adventure into the beautiful rolling hills of Wyoming County!

The Arcade & Attica (A&A) is an authentic operating short line railroad and holds the distinction of being one of the last "common carriers" - running freight and passenger trains weekly.

Their regular excursion trains run every weekend from Memorial Day Weekend until the last full weekend of September. But the fun doesn&rsquot stop there because throughout the year, they offer special event trains and excursions including Civil War weekends, Fall Foliage Rides, World War II Weekend, Superhero & Princess Trains, North Pole Trains to meet Santa at his workshop, wine & beer tasting trains, dinner theater events and so much more.

This is a family friendly activity, that involves snacks, refreshments and entertainment for every member of the family. The main station is located on Main Street in Arcade, walking distance from restaurants, shops and much more. So enjoy this historic experience while making memories with family and friends that you&rsquoll be talking about for generations!

Arcade and Attica - History

Deputy County Historian
Sally Smith
[email protected]

Arcade Town & Village Historian
Jeffrey C. Mason
222 Liberty St.
PO Box 125
Arcade NY 14009

Attica Town & Village Historian
Brian B. Fugle
9 Water St.
Attica, NY 14011

Bennington Town Historian
Lesa VanSon
905 Old Allegany Rd.
Attica , NY 14011

Castile Town & Village Historian
Linda G. Little
PO Box 134
Castile, NY 14427
[email protected]

Covington Town Historian
Shirley Warren
864 Wyoming Road
Wyoming, NY 14591
[email protected]

Eagle Town Historian
Lorraine Wagner
P.0. Box 67
Bliss, NY 14024

Gainesville Town Historian
Mary Mann
Box 289
Silver Springs, NY 14550

Genesee Falls Town Historian

Java Town Historian
David A. Carlson
5252 Michigan Rd.
Arcade, NY 14009

Middlebury Historian
Doug Norton
PO 275
14 South Academy Street
Wyoming, NY 14591
[email protected]

Orangeville Town Historian
Laury Lakas
2628 Syler Rd.
Warsaw, NY 14569

Perry Town & Village Historian
Norma Spencer
6496 Oatka Rd.
Perry NY 14530

Pike Town & Village Historian
Amy Hootman-Sterry
P.O. Box 6
Pike, NY 14130
[email protected]

Portageville Hamlet
(See Town of Genesee Falls)

Sheldon Town Historian
Jeanne Mest
470 Rt. 20A
Strykersville, NY 14145
[email protected]

Silver Springs Village
(See Town of Gainesville)

Warsaw Town & Village Historian
Sally Smith
83 Center Street
Warsaw, NY 14569

Wethersfield Town Historian
Lisa Johnson
5018 Hermitage Rd.
Gainesville, NY 14066

Watch the video: Arcade and Attica #14 (January 2022).