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abandon MBTA RDC-1

Postby daylight4449 » Wed Jul 15, 2009 7:42 pm

now a few weeks ago, after leaving the steaming tender in palmer, i noticed an abandon RDC, which i hadn't noticed on my prior visit the past week. looks like it could run!
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Re: abandon MBTA RDC-1

Postby atsf sp » Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:36 pm

Where is it in Palmer?
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Re: abandon MBTA RDC-1

Postby daylight4449 » Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:16 am

atsf sp wrote:Where is it in Palmer?


Palmer Ma. There is a resurant called the Steeming Tender

then you go to the NECR yard office, which acts as the local crew base for the new england central. right across from that on a abandon spur track, is the RDC. all that looks cosmeticly wrong with it is a broken window on the engineer's side
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Re: abandon MBTA RDC-1

Postby DutchRailnut » Sun Jul 19, 2009 10:37 am

What makes you state that its abandoned, I bet you it has an owner, depite being in in decrepid condition.
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Re: abandon MBTA RDC-1

Postby atsf sp » Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:04 am

Were there no freight cars in because i have been there times and never saw it. But I guess there were freight cars when I was there. What number is it?
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Re: abandon MBTA RDC-1

Postby DutchRailnut » Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:45 am

It is Ex- MBTA RDC #6152 and has been in Palmer since at least 2003, maybe way longer.
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Re: abandon MBTA RDC-1

Postby GP40MC1118 » Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:28 pm

The 6152 was sold in 1990 to Classic Rail Cars, Inc. and languished in various locations
as far south as Brunswick, Md. until it ended up back in New England in April 1993.
I don't have documentation, but its looks like the MCER acquired it in 4/93. Title passed
to the state of Massachusetts and the RDC was going to be part of its Operation Lifesaver
Program. This project was abandoned in 1999.

Rumor was the 6152 was then donated to the CT Eastern RR Museum in Willimantic, but
this apparently was not true. The car has been shifted around the Palmer area ever
since. Ownership is unclear.

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Re: abandon MBTA RDC-1

Postby daylight4449 » Sat Jul 25, 2009 3:00 pm

atsf sp wrote:Were there no freight cars in because i have been there times and never saw it. But I guess there were freight cars when I was there. What number is it?


looks like an old central vermont, perhaps canadian national
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Re: abandon MBTA RDC-1

Postby DutchRailnut » Sat Jul 25, 2009 5:02 pm

MBTA 6152 is ex Boston & Maine #6152 built in august of 1956 as RDC-1 it was retired november 1989.
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Re: abandon MBTA RDC-1

Postby daylight4449 » Tue Aug 04, 2009 7:46 pm

atsf sp wrote:Were there no freight cars in because i have been there times and never saw it. But I guess there were freight cars when I was there. What number is it?


well sp, it's in the bushes basically, in kind of a ditch. it's really hard to notice. if by ay chance you know bob, the gentleman who owns tuckers hobbies, he'll acknowledge it's exsistance
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Re: abandon MBTA RDC-1

Postby atsf sp » Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:47 pm

daylight4449 wrote:
atsf sp wrote:Were there no freight cars in because i have been there times and never saw it. But I guess there were freight cars when I was there. What number is it?


well sp, it's in the bushes basically, in kind of a ditch. it's really hard to notice. if by ay chance you know bob, the gentleman who owns tuckers hobbies, he'll acknowledge it's exsistance

I'm not doubting its existence, I just never saw it. Trying to figure out for myself where it is. The first time I went to Palmer I did not go down the road. Te second time I went only to the engines and almost froze my hands off. I make a point of looking for it next time I go to Palmer.
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Re: abandon MBTA RDC-1

Postby atsf sp » Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:08 pm

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Re: abandon MBTA RDC-1

Postby daylight4449 » Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:11 am



would covered in snow be an understatement?
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Re: abandon MBTA RDC-1

Postby atsf sp » Tue Feb 02, 2010 6:00 pm

It actually did not have much snow on it.
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Re: abandon MBTA RDC-1

Postby daylight4449 » Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:43 am

atsf sp wrote:It actually did not have much snow on it.


exactally why it's an understatement
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