Locomotive Class

Budd RDC

Budd RDC Class: Budd RDC
Type: Diesel-Hydraulic
Designer: Budd Company
Weight: 29 tons
Purpose: Passenger & Light Freight

Information: By the 1940ís American Railroads were looking to shed unprofitable passenger business sectors. In areas where lightly loaded, but profitable business remained, the Budd Company of Philadelphia provided a versatile solution, offering a self-contained train set that could be expanded as needed for multiple working.

Details: In 1949 Budd introduced the revolutionary Budd Rail Car (RDC) based on their successful stainless steel coach design that was gaining solid success through-out North America. Between 1949 and 1962, 398 units were produced using a self contained diesel hydraulic combination traction unit mounted to the front bogie. Air conditioning equipment was housed in the domed roof section.
The series comprised of five basic designs as follows:

RDC-1 - All-passenger coach seating for 90 passengers.
RDC-2 - Baggage and passenger coach combination seating 70 passengers.
RDC-3 - Railway Post Office with baggage compartment and seating for 49 passengers.
RDC-4 - Railway Post Office and baggage area only.
RDC-9 (also known as the RDC-5) - Passenger coach trailer with seating for 94, including a single traction engine but no cab.

The original design found success with numerous railway companies in both the United States and Canada. The units were capable of speeds up to 85-MPH. Many railways used the powered units in conjunction with older passenger stock and have been recorded as being used in light freight operations as well.
The basic design has proved successful beyond North America. After a trial run in Australia of three of the original RDC-1 cars, a further five were built under license by the Commonwealth Railway. Although primarily designed for short-line operations, the Australian units were used in long distance train providing services from Port Pirie to Kalgoorlie, a distance of 1,008-miles (1,613-KM).
Of the original 398-units produced; in addition to the three sent to Australia, others were exported to Cuba, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia.
Their stainless steel bodies ensured a long working life with minimal maintenance and as such after 60-years many are still in daily operation in suburban centers in parts of the US and Canada, whilst many others have been preserved for tourist railways, etc.

John Faulkner

Budd RDC Releases (11)

MODEL NO. LIVERY
Budd Rail Diesel Car - TransAustralia (Aust)
Released: 1962a
31018 T.R. Various
Budd Rail Diesel Car - Transcontinental
Released: 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966a
31018 T.R. Various
Budd Rail Diesel Car - Transcontinental - Non Powered
Released: 1962
31018 T.R. Various
Budd Rail Diesel Car - TRI-ANG RAILWAYS
Released: 1960 1961
31018 T.R. Various
Budd Rail Diesel Car - TRI-ANG RAILWAYS - Non Powered
Released: 1961
31018 T.R. Various
C.N. Day Liner Diesel Car (Canada) 101 C.N. Silver
C.N. Day Liner Diesel Car - Non Powered (Canada)
Released: 1966c 1967c 1973c
101 C.N. Silver
Chesapeake & Ohio Budd Rail Diesel Car
Released: 1968
9003 C. & O. Silver
Chesapeake & Ohio Budd Rail Diesel Car - Non Powered
Released: 1968
9003 C. & O. Silver
Northern Pacific Budd Rail Diesel Car
Released: 1968
303 N.P. Silver
Northern Pacific Budd Rail Diesel Car - Non Powered
Released: 1968
303 N.P. Silver

Budd RDC Images (11)

Budd Rail Diesel Car - TransAustralia (Aust)
Budd Rail Diesel Car - TransAustralia (Aust) 31018

Budd Rail Diesel Car - Transcontinental
Budd Rail Diesel Car - Transcontinental 31018

Budd Rail Diesel Car - Transcontinental - Non Powered
Budd Rail Diesel Car - Transcontinental - Non Powered 31018

Budd Rail Diesel Car - TRI-ANG RAILWAYS
Budd Rail Diesel Car - TRI-ANG RAILWAYS 31018

Budd Rail Diesel Car - TRI-ANG RAILWAYS - Non Powered
Budd Rail Diesel Car - TRI-ANG RAILWAYS - Non Powered 31018

C.N. Day Liner Diesel Car (Canada)
C.N. Day Liner Diesel Car (Canada) 101

C.N. Day Liner Diesel Car - Non Powered (Canada)
C.N. Day Liner Diesel Car - Non Powered (Canada) 101

Chesapeake & Ohio Budd Rail Diesel Car
Chesapeake & Ohio Budd Rail Diesel Car 9003

Chesapeake & Ohio Budd Rail Diesel Car - Non Powered
Chesapeake & Ohio Budd Rail Diesel Car - Non Powered 9003

Northern Pacific Budd Rail Diesel Car
Northern Pacific Budd Rail Diesel Car 303

Northern Pacific Budd Rail Diesel Car - Non Powered
Northern Pacific Budd Rail Diesel Car - Non Powered 303


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