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Via RDCs

Postby 4400Washboard » Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:22 am

Hi everybody,

I'm a user of the American RR forum, so I don't know so much about Canadian RRs. Therefore, these questions may seem pretty stupid:

1. What is the RDC rebuilding status?
2. Does Via have all 4 (Main) types of RDCs operating (Even their RDC-3 and -4)?
3. I am pretty sure that these operate in British Columbia, but is there any chance of seeing one in the Indiana to NYC region?

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Re: Via RDCs

Postby Montrealrail1 » Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:06 pm

VIA RDC are only operate in western Canada (BC),they have RDC-1,RDC-4 (baggages and passengers) I'm not sure,regards to the other models..
RDC do not go across the US/Canada border..only other place where we can have chance to see some RDC,it when they do a transfert for refurbishing or for repairs..they put at the tail end of VIA Canadian,then,Toronto to Montreal and after,on the VIA Ocean..

have a look on this link to VIA Rail webside,where you can found more infos about RDC
http://www.viarail.ca/en/about-via-rail ... et-rebuild

and only other place where we can see and ride RDC,it's on the Orford Express in Quebec eastern townships
http://www.orfordexpress.com/
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Re: Via RDCs

Postby Ken V » Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:32 pm

The only RDCs currently operated by VIA are used on the Sudbury - White River route in Northern Ontario. This route normally uses a consist of one RDC-2 and one RDC-4. There was a trial run using a pair of RDCs on the route between Jasper and Prince Rupert BC but that didn't work out so well and the consist has been sitting in the Vancouver Maintenance Centre for a while. You can read the earlier posts on this for more information.

The other traditional route that uses RDCs on Vancouver Island between Victoria and Courtenay BC has been out of service for a few years.
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Re: Via RDCs

Postby 4400Washboard » Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:06 am

Thanks (I never knew the RDCs were so close to home)

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Re: Via RDCs

Postby Montrealrail1 » Tue May 20, 2014 8:58 pm

I went to MMC two weeks ago and I saw 2 BUDD RDC on storage track
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sometime,they put them on the corridor for transfert,and after,they send them to New-Brunswick for works,then they come back to their original affectation..
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Re: Via RDCs

Postby 4400Washboard » Tue May 20, 2014 9:34 pm

Wow cool. Nice to see they are holding up still... :-)
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Re: Via RDCs

Postby dowlingm » Tue May 20, 2014 9:53 pm

There's a pic here from the Toronto MC of VIA LRC locomotive 6917, which is intended for restoration, bracketed by several RDCs.
https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7459/1399 ... 769a_b.jpg
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Re: Via RDCs

Postby 4400Washboard » Tue May 20, 2014 10:08 pm

Is 6917 the LRC?
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Re: Via RDCs

Postby NH2060 » Wed May 21, 2014 12:09 am

dowlingm wrote:There's a pic here from the Toronto MC of VIA LRC locomotive 6917, which is intended for restoration, bracketed by several RDCs.
https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7459/1399 ... 769a_b.jpg
tjensen wrote:Is 6917 the LRC?

He just said so! :-P

Also -and others correct me if I'm wrong- but Industrial Rail in New Brunswick owned/owns a fair number of ex-VIA RDC-1s, 2s, maybe 3s, and I think 4s too with the intention of refurbishing them for lease/sale to VIA and others.
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Re: Via RDCs

Postby dowlingm » Wed May 21, 2014 9:08 am

Yes, 6917 is the LRC. Shame things ended for those the way they did, rather than becoming NPCUs or something similarly useful.
http://www.rapidotrains.com/lrc6917.html

As for Industrial Rail - am not sure what they own or don't since their financial issues. Their factory facility is being offered for sale.
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Re: Via RDCs

Postby dowlingm » Wed May 21, 2014 8:59 pm

Incidentally the background to that picture is GO Transit/Metrolinx' Willowbrook Yard, with the Oakville Sub mainlines in between.
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Re: Via RDCs

Postby 4400Washboard » Wed May 21, 2014 9:05 pm

NH2060 wrote:
dowlingm wrote:There's a pic here from the Toronto MC of VIA LRC locomotive 6917, which is intended for restoration, bracketed by several RDCs.
https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7459/1399 ... 769a_b.jpg
tjensen wrote:Is 6917 the LRC?

He just said so! :-P

Also -and others correct me if I'm wrong- but Industrial Rail in New Brunswick owned/owns a fair number of ex-VIA RDC-1s, 2s, maybe 3s, and I think 4s too with the intention of refurbishing them for lease/sale to VIA and others.

Oh-didnt see that
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Re: Via RDCs

Postby Backshophoss » Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:37 am

The remains of "Industrial Rail" have been sold at auction,as of 01/08/16 the(ex?) VIA RDC's are being scrapped
at that site!
Jason of Rapido Trains has saved from that scrap line VIA 6133,a former CP RDC-1.
Jason sent out a "newsletter" today(01/24/16) announcing that save.
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Re: Via RDCs

Postby Tadman » Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:57 am

I saw this - very cool. It notes that they need $25k to move the RDC. At first I was curious why so much, but it turns out they're shipping via flatcar. Cranes aren't cheap... Anybody know why the car can't be moved in a freight train? They moved the last car (An ex-CN/VIA sleeper found in Georgia) by freight train.
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Re: Via RDCs

Postby Backshophoss » Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:16 pm

By now any air brake inspection for this RDC is long out of date,condition of wheel bearings is unknown,
new owner of the site wants it gone ASAP,that's why the flat car.
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