RailClassics: The last operational Budd RDC

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RailClassics: The last operational Budd RDC

Postby Engineer James » Sun Aug 07, 2005 6:24 pm

I found one of my grandfathers old rail magazines from august 1994, and it had a section on B&O #9913. Has anyone ever been on this RDC? It is currently at the B&O Museum.
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Postby TomNelligan » Thu Oct 06, 2005 10:40 am

Plus there are the RDCs still in regular use in Canada by VIA.
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Postby va3ori » Sun Dec 11, 2005 11:26 am

Other than the handful of RDCs operating in revenue service in Canada, are there any operating in the US in service other than museum and tourist lines? I photographed B&O 9913 several years ago at Brunswick, MD (MARC service??) and it was evidently the last one still in B&O titles.
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Postby DutchRailnut » Sun Dec 11, 2005 1:05 pm

Yes in Texas at Trinity rail and in New york at Ontrack a syracuse operation run by NYS&W
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Postby Engineer James » Mon Dec 12, 2005 7:17 am

NICKEL PLATE?? They owned RDC's? Never knew that!!
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Postby dmk092 » Fri Dec 30, 2005 10:15 pm

Don't forget the ARR (ALASKA)
They own four RDCs which they operate on the Hurricane Turn flagstop service, and have a fifth they use for parts.
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Postby choochoochuck » Tue Jan 03, 2006 8:59 pm

Cape May Seashore Lines operates RDCs, I guess this is considered a tourist line, but they claim they are for commuter service too.
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Postby glennk419 » Wed Jan 04, 2006 5:41 pm

The Bellefonte Historical Railroad still operates a pair of ex-Reading RDC's in central PA. Reading & Northern also has a pair that are at least semi-operational, but not in service at this time.
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Postby NHRDC121 » Mon Jan 16, 2006 12:19 am

At least one of the RDC's used by the Bellefonte Historical RR Society (Owned by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Comm.) is origionally New Haven #40, built 3/53, ser# 5718.
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Postby glennk419 » Mon Jan 16, 2006 8:39 am

NHRDC121 wrote:At least one of the RDC's used by the Bellefonte Historical RR Society (Owned by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Comm.) is origionally New Haven #40, built 3/53, ser# 5718.


You are absolutely correct. The lineage on BHRR 9167 is: Built new as NYNH&H #40 to PC #99 in 1968 to RDG #9167 in 1975 to PennDot and donated to RMPA in 1984. BHRR 9153 was built for the RDG in 1962 to MBTA #9153 to BHRR in 1989.
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Cape Cod Railroad has one

Postby NHRR WTBY » Mon Jan 16, 2006 5:30 pm

The Cape Cod Railroad has a Budd RDC, but they operate it as part of a diesel train pulling tourists on day trips. I wonder if it can still operate on its own? Anyone know?
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Postby Engineer James » Tue Jan 17, 2006 3:03 pm

I am sorry. It was the last b&O... sorry.
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Postby Otto Vondrak » Thu May 04, 2006 5:37 pm

James, Nickel Plate didn't operate RDC's, who told you that?
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Postby Raakone » Thu May 04, 2006 11:51 pm

And don't forget the smallest commuter rail operation in the US, OnTrack (Syracuse), they use RDCs.

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Postby W.E.Coyote » Tue Jun 06, 2006 8:41 pm

And BC Rail was a well-known RDC operator until CN got to it...
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