How the Budd RDC was Sold

I was digging through my old magazines to purge most of them and found this brochure from Budd that I had forgotten I had.  I scanned it in and posted it on my blog.

How the RDC was sold:

AH!!  Budd Cars, one of the best pieces of passenger equipment to come in the 1950’s.  I think the New York Central might have been one of the first if not the first to buy and run them.  There is no doubt that they prolonged many light passenger lines.  I think the first use was on the B & A.  The New Haven was pretty early in the mix and they certainly helped here in a big way too.

I was extremely fortunate to be invited into the cab of RDC-1 #11 for a ride from Bridgeport to Waterbury and back.  The experience was memorable because of the pleasantness of the engineer, the scenery along the Naugatuck line, and the ride up front that enabled me to learn about the RDC operation.  I availed myself of the many photo opportunities.  A great way to spend an afternoon on the old NH.

I concur with all that a ride on a RDC was superb, whether standing up front or as a seated passenger.

Somewhere north of Shelton, in single-track territory, I rode up front on a Budd Car when we discovered an empty 55-gallon drum on the tracks.  Couldn’t avoid hitting it.  It made one a hell of a racket and got wedged under the pilot.  A few of us tugged and pulled while the engineer backed up, and we got it loose.  It made an interesting trip more interesting.
I, too, was fortunate when it came to experiencing the RDCs up close. For two years I commuted each weekday from a town about 15 miles north of Montreal on the Canadian Pacific. Because the area was not as grown up as it is today, there was some swift running between stations, which were widely spaced at that time.

I also experienced the New Haven RDC iteration on Cape Cod as a young boy, on a solo journey from Sandwich to Hyannis. This was in the summer of 1957, I think. In my mind, I can still hear the Hancock air whistle as the car sped between the cranberry bogs out of Sandwich. Good memories.

Here is Canada, VIA ran ex-CN and CP “Budds” in short intercity service, with great success. The cars were outfitted with reclining seats and some even had snack bar and bar service. My most memorable ride was aboard the RDC demo, car 2960, an RDC-1. which was sold to CN, and then was acquired by VIA. This one had air suspension and outboard disc brakes.
Budd RDC in Quebec
Budd RDC in Quebec

Boston & Maine ran RDC’s to Troy, New York

Budd RDC To Troy
Budd RDC To Troy
The station in Troy was owned by the Troy Union Rail Road. The TURR lasted from the mid 19th Century till the mid 20th Century. It was owned by the New York Central, Delaware & Hudson and Boston & Maine. Access from the South was from Rensselaer; from the West, via the Green Island Bridge; from the North was street running almost the entire length of Troy. See Penney’s blog for more information (and a great movie from the 1950’s).

Lots of Boston & Maine RDC’s went to Troy