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From: "Ronald" rdukarm AT roadrunner DOT com
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 13:47:42 -0400
Subject: Arcade & Attica Rail Cars
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Below is an article from the Buffalo News. The A&A cars are ex-DL&W. The A&A interchanged with the ERIE at Attica when the line still was in operation to that point.

Ron Dukarm

Boy's hard work wins 'Extreme Makeover' for Arcade & Attica rail cars
By Denise Jewell Gee - News Niagara Bureau
Updated: 09/16/08 9:48 AM

NIAGARA Falls -- A 12-year-old Southern Tier resident who has raised thousands of dollars to bring sick children on the Arcade & Attica Railroad got his wish granted on national television this morning.

"Extreme Makeover Home Edition" star Ty Pennington surprised Jon Thomas Robertson, of Cuba, on "Good Morning America" in Niagara Falls with the announcement that the national makeover show would make the historic rail cars accessible to wheelchairs.

The "Extreme Makeover" crew will be working on the train today, Wednesday and Thursday and will reveal the work to Pennington Thursday. The show will appear on television at a later date.

J.T. has organized and funded a free ride for hundreds of sick children on the Arcade & Attica Railroad during the last four years.

"I was speechless," J.T. said after the surprise announcement. "It's amazing. It's been my dream for many years."

In 2006, Robertson raised $1,000, mostly by collecting 14,000 cans and bottles, to fund an hour-and-a-half excursion between the Arcade and Curriers stations for sick children from Women and Children's Hospital and other programs.

But J.T. has been disappointed that dozens of other children couldn't ride the rails because the old train cars weren't designed to handle electric wheelchairs. He said he wrote ABC and sent in a video asking for the makeover show's help earlier this year.

The makeover will not change the historic nature of the rail cars.

The "Good Morning America" broadcast this morning was broadcast live from Niagara Falls State Park.


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