Arcade & Attica 18

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Arcade & Attica #18
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Arcade & Attica #18 at Curriers, New York, in 2009
Type and origin
Power typesteam
Build date1920
 • Whyte2-8-0
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
OperatorsBoyne City Railroad
Arcade and Attica Railroad
LocaleNew York

Arcade & Attica #18 is a 2-8-0 steam locomotive that was built in 1920 by the American Locomotive Company (Alco) at its Cooke Works in Paterson, New Jersey.

It was originally built for a sugar mill in Cuba, which canceled its order. Alco then sold the locomotive to a quarry in New Jersey. The locomotive was sold again in 1929 to the Boyne City Railroad of Boyne City, Michigan. It was used in freight service on its line between Boyne City (where it interchanged with the Pennsylvania Railroad) to Boyne Falls.

In 1962, the Arcade and Attica Railroad (A&A), seeking additional revenue to supplement the freight income, purchased #18 and two Boonton-style commuter coaches from Erie Lackawanna Railway. Since then #18 has hauled passenger excursion trains between Arcade and Curriers, with occasional ventures to North Java on either passenger or freight trains.

At the close of the 2001 passenger excursion season, #18 went into the A&A's workshops for a complete teardown and overhaul to bring it into compliance with the new 49 C.F.R. Part 230, the Federal Railroad Administration's new regulations on steam locomotive inspection and maintenance. Originally expected to last until halfway through the 2002 passenger season, the teardown revealed much work that needed to be completed to bring the locomotive into compliance with the new safety regulations. In 2008 #18 finally emerged from the shops after a 6-year-long rebuilding program.

By 2018, the locomotive was again in need of repair and put into the shop to have its condition assessed. In March of 2019 it was announced that its condition was worse than anticipated, and it would be out of service through the 2019 season. Repairs include replacement of the firebox, and once completed will allow continued operation.