For the 50th Anniversary celebrations, there is indeed more in the works.
The Arcade Historical Society along with the Friends of A&A, the railroad and hopefully the Town and Villages of Arcade are planning several weeks of events around town. The historical society is broadening some of their focus to be "remembering what happened in 1962" with a main focus on the train. This is to entice more local people to also visit all of the happenings. There will be special displays created at the historical society sites, including models, A&A memorabilia, photos and guest speakers. There will be an evening of slide shows on the early operations. As the schedule and location of events becomes final, we will be publishing flyers and a schedule to hit as broad an audience as we can. I'll post info and links as it is all created. We are also welcoming any suggestions that people might have. The main weekend will be the one including August 4th which is the actual anniversary day. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be recreated. Of the original participants of 1962, only one living individual remains, though we are working on having descendants of as many of them as possible there too. Perhaps a small reunion of people who once worked on the A&A? That'd make for a fun train ride to be able to talk with past employees during the trips! The actual operating schedule for the day has not been finalized, other than the one scheduled run. I'll keep you posted as things develop.
Oh, today on seize the deal.com there is a half off deal, two tickets for the current season for $13!
18 has had it's annual hydro test, new grates are being installed, should be well on the way to steaming Memorial Day! Looking forward to an exciting 2012 season!