RDG484 wrote:Update: I read in another post that the operation in Banks, OR (Port of Tillamook Bay RR) runs one of their two ex-CNJ RDC's usually behind a Heisler locomotive and the other is stored.
My understanding is that the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
, which is separate from but operates over the tracks of the Port of Tillamook Bay RR
, no longer uses the RDC on their Heisler-powered trains; they now have two passenger cars (flatcars, one with a roof) and a former Rock Island bay-window caboose. However, the POTB appears to run the operable RDC in the consists of their excursions that operate over the Coast Range; and they might also be leasing the two RDC-9s owned by the Pacific Northwest Chapter NRHS.
For the record, the two RDC-1s owned by POTB are:
POTB 552 - originally CNJ 552 (non-operable, stored in Tillamook)
POTB 553 - originally CNJ 553 (operable)
However, the POTB no longer runs the RDC excursion trains between Garibaldi and Wheeler - those trains have essentially been replaced by the OCSR trains, which run only between Garibaldi and Rockaway Beach.
The ODOT owned RDCs (former BC Rail) are still for sale, but at least two groups within Oregon are trying to purchase them - a group wanting to start a wine train in the Willamette Valley, and a railroad owned by two counties in northeastern Oregon that wants to replace its existing excursion equipment.