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A&A Seeking Money to Repair Steam Locomotive

July 24, 2019

Arcade & Attica No. 18 rolls into Arcade, New York, with an excursion train in July 2017.

The Arcade & Attica is seeking funds to pay for repair to its 2-8-0 steam locomotive, which was removed from service after an inspection found mechanical defects.

No. 18 was found to have broken staybolts near its boiler and cracks near the rivet line.

The locomotive’s boiler has been removed and sent to a shop in Syracuse, New York, for inspection.

Other repair work is being done at the A&A shops in Arcade, New York.

Repair and restoration work is estimated to cost $250,000 and the Arcade Historical Society is leading a fund-raising drive.

The Society and the railroad hope to be able to raise the money in time for No. 18 to operate by November 2020 when the steamer will marks its 100th birthday.

Built for a Cuba sugar mill by Cooke Locomotive Works in Patterson, New Jersey, No. 18 never went to Cuba. Instead, it was sold to the Boyne City, Gaylord & Alpena Railroad in Michigan.

The A&A began steam excursions in 1962. In the meantime, the A&A will use GE center cab switchers for freight and excursion service.