by Silverliner II
Otto Vondrak wrote:The RDCs were purchased by the NYC and the NH in the 1950s and continued on through Penn Central and Conrail, and then Metro-North. They were reaching the end of their service life, and were given minimal attention, though Megro-North managed to put a little more money into maintenance. The Budd cars were retired from East of Hudson service by 1990, though I know I photographed them running in Port Jervis in 1991... They were retired not long after that.Three of the RDC's assigned to Port Jervis were rebuilt in the mid-1980's. In 1991, a friend and I took a trip to ride the mid-morning RDC round trip from Suffern to Port Jervis. Or at least we tried to. Thanks to a 30-minute delay on the PATH from Newark to Journal Square, we missed our NJT train to Suffern by 5 minutes, and thus in turn, the RDC's to Port Jervis.
Then it got a bit odd. About 15 minutes later, a pair of RDC's arrived in Hoboken Terminal, unannounced and not on any of the schedules we had for either NJT or Metro-North. It discharged a crowd, changed ends, and slipped back out of the terminal. My friend and I took the next train to Suffern just to kill some time since Port Jervis was now out of the running, but we never saw them, and we never found out what they were doing all the way in Hoboken. And then they were retired later that year.
"CSX Detector. Milepost Six Point Four. No Defects. Repeat: No Defects. Total Axles Seven Four Seven. Detector Out"