Arcade and Attica Railroad offers a 2-1/2 hour train experience, including a 30-minute layover at Curriers Station where you can explore the train yard and grab a bite to eat. Train rides are offered on weekends, with Wednesday and Friday options in July and August.
Purchase a ticket and begin your excursion at the Arcade & Attica Depot. Explore the museum before you depart or after you return. Parking is available in the municipal lot across the street behind the Main Street businesses.
When you buy a ticket to ride the train, you are assigned a specific seat in a specific car. The seat-backs easily push to the other side so you don’t need to ride backwards, and you can sit with your party facing each other.
You can also move to the open-air car for a different experience if there is room. We chose to ride to Curriers Depot in our assigned seats, and moved to the open car before returning to Arcade Depot.
A 90-minute ride
through the countryside
Can you imagine how beautiful this is in Autumn? You’ll enjoy roughly 45-minutes of bucolic scenery on the way to Curriers, and the same scenery on the way back. You’ll travel through farmland, wetland, and woodland ecological communities.
The timing for our trip was perfect for seeing Monarch butterflies playing among the miles of Joe Pye weed and Queen Anne’s Lace.
Curriers is the turn-around point for the Arcade and Attica Railroad. Passengers can disembark for a 30-minute layover while the engine changes position to pull the train back to Arcade. Check out all of the train equipment in the yard, enjoy lunch, and the museum.
Events on the
Arcade and Attica Railroad
There are themed events June through December including Murder Mystery, Great Train Robbery, Father’s Day, Super Hero, Halloween Express, and Polar Express. We happened to be there during Civil War Days.
More information about the Arcade and Attica Railroad
- Check website for departure times and ticket price
- Located in Arcade, roughly 90 minutes / 75 miles from Rochester (get directions)
- Check out the FAQ and policies before you go
- Restrooms are located at both depots.
Rochester railfans are incredibly lucky that passionate preservationists before us saw the value in retaining structures we can still appreciate today.
Rather than an escape, I prefer to think of these as transcending places that encourage us to transcend space, time, and state of mind.
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