Long Ago Buffalo: A Look At The History Of Western New York
Buffalo and Western New York was once a major hub of travel and tourism and continue to be a major city of interest. Of course, as we look to the future, we can't forget the past.
The area is steep in a rich tapestry of history and with our "Long Ago Buffalo" series, we will take you back to look at all the Western New York had to offer.
This week we are looking at the Arcade and Attica Railroad.
While the idea of the railroad was first proposed back in 1836, it wasn't until September 11th, 1880 that the first train rode the tracks. That first rail went from Attica until Curriers Corners and was expanded to reach Arcade in May of 1881.
The rails were then standardized in 1895 and connected with Pennsylvania Railroad.
The idea of the railroad was formed with the intention of transporting freight like milk, cheese, grain, and cattle from Western New York farms to bigger cities across the United States, which is still the main idea of the line today.
The railroad also saw it's share of problems including massive damage in 1957 due to the flooding of Tonawanda Creek. That flood caused nearly $72,000 worth of damage as several parts of the rail were washed away. Due to the flood, The Board of Directors voted to suspend all operations between North Java and Attica on January 25th of that year.
Today, while still hauling freight, there are several passenger trips offered the railroad.