Discussion about RDC's, "doodlebugs," gas-electrics, etc.


Postby tocfan » Mon May 14, 2007 6:52 pm

Have any of you ever modeled this when is was streamlined with the jets. I have a proto 1000 that I am contemplating doing .

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Re: NYC RDC3 M497

Postby andre » Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:42 pm

i know that i am reviving a very old topic here, but i am also working on a similar project

I started the project recently, but it is stalled at the moment...

I am searching for a hobby shop that has experience with model trains and model airplanes, i found one in my area but it is difficult to find the correct engine type in the proper scale, also another issue is producing the proper "nose" on the unit, i played around with a thin sheet of styrene plastic but i am not yet satisfied with the turnout so iv been using a trial and error methood and eyeballing according pictures of the unit.
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Re: NYC RDC3 M497

Postby kjd73170 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:17 am

Kato in N scale has released the M-497 jet propelled RDC with DCC and Sound. There was also an article in either RMC or n scale magazine in making the nose and jet conversions for an RDC to create a replica of the M-497.
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Re: NYC RDC3 M497

Postby EDM5970 » Sun May 01, 2011 1:36 pm

Is there any video available online of the real M-497? Not a model- Just curious, saw video of a jet powered school bus drag racing the other day-
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Re: NYC RDC3 M497

Postby DutchRailnut » Sun May 01, 2011 4:53 pm

If Conductors are in charge, why are they promoted to be Engineer???

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Re: NYC RDC3 M497

Postby EDM5970 » Sun May 01, 2011 9:32 pm

Dutch, thanks for that link, too bad its so short-
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Re: NYC RDC3 M497

Postby Otto Vondrak » Sat May 21, 2011 7:54 am

Here is the authoratative, factual story about the development, construction, and operation of New York Central's 1966 high-speed rail experiment.

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Re: NYC RDC3 M497

Postby bigK » Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:36 am

I jus saw that short video clip of the M497 in Spanish - but there was another longer video from an official NYC RR color video tape - this of it self is of interest as color TV was kind of new then - some great stuff like the engineer/motorman/pilot wearing a fighter jet pilot's helmet - the instrumentation is interesting,this is real NASA rocket test stuff

there is no audio and the video is kind of 'jiggy' but hey this is a digital transfer of a 46 year old analog tape

I don't know if the suspension on that RDC was modified - but shows just how well they built things in the 1950's 183 MPH (this is the figure I had read in an article)
for a commuter RDC that normaly has a top speed of 90 MPH?

the test as per the text narrative was done on bolted rail? this latter is interesting what would the M497 be able to do with today's welded ribbon rail and concrete ties?

the video:
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