The Arcade & Attica Railroad began its existence as a handful of incomplete tracks, proceeding in stops and starts through the Allegheny River valley. When the Pennsylvania Railroad Company decided it needed service to Buffalo, it bought up the disparate stretches of rail line and linked them together. The company and its successors hardly imagined it to be one of their more long-lasting endeavors, but the little railroad weathered track washouts and bankruptcies and even made it through the Great Depression without laying off a single employee. In the 1950s, its owners decided to try short, scenic passenger excursions to bolster their flagging freight business, and the tourist line as it exists today was born.
These days, trains launch from historical Arcade Station, which is a small museum of American railroad history. A restored steam engine idles out front, waiting to pull up to 382 passengers through countryside largely unchanged since the 1880s. In addition to stunning views, excursions provide photo opportunities with the locomotive and the chance to enthusiastically wear striped overalls in public.
Since 2010, ABCD has been piloting needy travelers all over Cheektowaga, Depew, and Greater Buffalo. Licensed and insured drivers can also provide swift delivery to the local airport, and conveniently accept cash, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and Monopoly railroad deeds.
Trip Savers provides a hassle-free way to simplify the yearly move to and from college housing, or ship overlooked keepsakes and fresh-baked casseroles during the semester. Students attending Trip Savers–served colleges can purchase a Trip Savers box kit, pack up their belongings, and reserve a pickup date for easy, door-to-door delivery. A box kit includes a reusable Trip Savers Box, filament strapping tape, a marker, address labels, and the delivery of the box to your home. By taking a load off students, Trip Savers helps reduce carbon emissions related to back-and-forth trips from the cornfield where you buried your stuffed animals. Opt for a green solution on dreaded moving days that doesn’t involve filling your car’s tank with celery juice.
From behind the wheel of one of their fleet of stretched-out luxury cars, Absolute Prestige Limousine’s drivers deliver passengers to special occasions in plush-leather elegance decked out with televisions and thumping sound systems. Each vehicle features shimmering bar glassware ready for exuberant toasts on the way to wine tours of the Finger Lakes or decisive dances at senior proms. Wedding-day packages help enamored couples tie the knot with amenities including champagne toasts, Just Married signs, red carpet treatments, and horns that honk Pachelbel’s Canon.
Since 1980, Herb and Rhonda Singer have grown Discount Car & Truck into a network of more than 300 franchises that embrace environmentalism. Today, 91 per cent of the total fleet averages 28 miles per gallon on the highway, and in 2011, the company inaugurated a sustainability program featuring e-waste collection. Customer service is a priority, too, so the team offers complimentary pickup and return on a mechanical spider. Corporate and individual renters choose from more that 12 vehicles by makes including Kia, Toyota, and Cadillac, which can speed up to seven passengers to a concert or haul an apartment full of furniture to a bonfire.
ISX Tours' passionate guides illuminate Canada's cultural and geographic diversity, blazing charter bus trails to camera-worthy destinations. During the Niagara Falls day trip, guests hop aboard spacious charter buses from Pacific Western Transportation, whose gentle purr harmonizes with sing-a-longs on the all-day expedition. Buses that depart on August 28 or September 11 release passengers outside of one of Ontario's award-winning wineries, where oenophiles can tour the premises and sample wines while scoping out new bottle-homes for miniature ships. Alternatively, buses that depart on August 27 or September 10 lead passengers to the Canada One Factory Outlets mall teeming with 40 brand-name stores. Next, tour groups infiltrate Niagara-on-the-Lake, admiring quaint shops and historic sites. Buses then cruise alongside the Niagara River, stopping at Whirlpool Gorge for passengers to marvel at its circular currents that stem from schools of indecisive fish. While in Niagara Falls, clients can also opt to embark on a Maid of the Mist boat tour or climb to the top of the Skylon Tower. Alternatively, sightseers can spend their day meandering through Niagara Falls before hopping back on the bus and reuniting with Toronto by 8:30 p.m.