Kenneth Springirth of Erie, Pennsylvania chose the Arcade & Attica Railroad as the subject for the eighth book in his Image's of Rail series. The Erie, Pennsylvania transportation historian spent over 1,000 hours researching the story of the local common carrier, and became a fan of the train and the village in the process.
"This is like a slice of heaven right here," Springirth told the Herald. "It's refreshing to be able to walk down a Main Street and meet people with such good work ethics who still act like human beings."
Springirth, who is originally from West Philadelphia, says few other places have the tools for a successful future like Arcade has, noting that the Arcade and Attica R.R. is the oldest common carrier (carrying freight and passengers) in the United States.
"I am very impressed with the 'can-do' attitudes people in the area have," he said. "That's why this book is a history book with a mission - to tell everyone what a gem this town and its railroad really are."
Springirth's 125-page book includes never before seen vintage photographs from both public and private collections (200 in all), documents the history of the line, and pays tribute to the management and employees of the railroad for their extra effort to preserve history.
"I have never had this much cooperation with one of my books," he added. "I've enjoyed working with George and Trudy Ling, Chris Lester, Jeff Mason, and Patrick Connors, among others."
Springirth's book is available at the Arcade & Attica Railroad Station, Downtown Domes and Creekside Fabrics. A book signing will take place on Saturday, November 21 at the station from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.