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.
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.
Boston & Maine ran RDC’s to Troy, New York
Lots of Boston & Maine RDC’s went to Troy