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Rail Diesel Cars

 


RDC-1 and RDC-3 in Canadian National
Prototype Information:
Commonly known as the "RDC," the motorized Rail Diesel Car generally operated in rural areas where ridership and mail/parcel transport were too low for regular passenger train service. When first introduced, the RDC was proclaimed to be the savior of branch line and suburban service. It was heavily used as a commuter service workhorse (and still is currently in some locations!). Capable of being operated by a motorman from either end of the car, these units could be used independently or combined into a multi-unit.

RDC-1 was strictly passenger-oriented, containing 90 coach seats

RDC-2 contained 71 seats and a separate baggage area

RDC-3 combined a Railway Post Office with a baggage compartment and 49 seats

RDC-4 was a self-contained RPO-Express car


This production will deliver two-unit sets decorated and numbered for eleven railroads, as well as two undecorated / unlettered sets and a single Budd Demonstrator RDC-1 unit. (Although the two-unit sets will be packaged in a card paper sleeve, each model will be contained in an individual jewel box.) ALL models are motorized.


The coupler is Katos all new automatic coupler.
The optional wire glad arm is not installed but included in the package and easy to assemble.
Other details include horns and vent to be installed by the consumer.

Prototype Information
  • Capable of being operated by a motorman from either end of the car, these units could be used independently or combined to create a two- or three-unit consist.
  • The Budd Company introduced the first RDC in the fall of 1949 with a single RDC-1 "Budd Demonstrator." Hundreds more would eventually follow for service to railroads throughout North America and around the world (including South America, Australia, Saudi Arabia and even Cuba!)
  • An excellent book with the complete history of the RDC is "RDC, The Budd Rail Diesel Car" by Donald Duke and Edmund Keilty (Golden West Books).
Model Information
  • All units have "golden glow" LED directional headlight, reminiscent of the actual cars.
  • All units also have directional taillights
  • All models are equipped with body-mount KATO knuckle couplers.
  • Interior of model can be lighted with the optional installation of #11-204 Light Set (sold separately).
  • High level of craftsmanship and precision detail, particularly to underfloor body component.
  • Window frame detail is the same as on recent Corrugated Passenger Cars.
  • While these models should be capable of operating on a 9-3/4" radius curve, it is recommended they be run on curves no smaller than an 11" radius to prevent the appearance of unrealistic overhang and occurrance of premature uncoupling.
Budd Rail Diesel Cars
Road Name Road #'s Picture MSRP Our Price Part #
RDC 1 Single Units
Unlettered
None
  $80.00 KAT-166-0000
Budd Demonstrator
None
$80.00 $57.99 KAT-166-0001
Canadian National
D-200
$80.00 KAT-166-0003
New Haven
??
$80.00 KAT-166-0004
Chicago & North Western
9933
$80.00 KAT-166-0006
Jersey Central
551
$80.00 KAT-166-0007
Jersey Central
552
$80.00 KAT-166-0008
RDC 2 Single Units
Unlettered
None
  $80.00 KAT-166-0100
Canadian Pacific
9102
$80.00 KAT-166-0101
Canadian National
D-250
$80.00 KAT-166-0102
New Haven
121
$80.00 KAT-166-0103
ATSF
?
n/a $80.00 KAT-166-0104
Northern Pacific
B-31
$80.00 KAT-166-0107
Western Pacific
375
$80.00 KAT-166-0108
Western Pacific
376
$80.00 KAT-166-0109
Alaska Railraod
711
$80.00 KAT-166-0110
Alaska Railraod
712
$80.00 KAT-166-0111
RDC 3 Single Units
Unlettered
None
  $80.00 KAT-166-0200
Canadian Pacific
9023
$80.00 KAT-166-0201
Canadian National
D-101
$80.00 KAT-166-0202
New Haven
126
$80.00 KAT-166-0203
New York Central
M-499
$80.00 KAT-166-0206
Northern Pacific
?
n/a $80.00 KAT-166-0207
Rock Island
9002
$80.00 KAT-166-0208
Rock Island
9003
$80.00 KAT-166-0209
RDC 4 Single Units
Unlettered
None
  $80.00 KAT-166-0300
Canadian Pacific
9200
$80.00 KAT-166-0301
Canadian National
D-150
$80.00 KAT-166-0302
New Haven
137
$80.00 KAT-166-0303
RDC 2 Packs
Canadian National
RDC-1 + RDC-3
D-200 & D-101
$159.98 KAT-106-3002
New Haven
RDC-1 + RDC-3
$159.98 KAT-106-3003
Canadian Pacific
RDC-2 + RDC-4
$159.98 KAT-106-3005
Canadian National
RDC-2 + RDC-4
D-250 & D-150
$159.98 KAT-106-3006
New Haven
RDC-2 + RDC-4
$159.98 KAT-106-3007
Unlettered
RDC-2 + RDC-4
$159.98 KAT-106-3008
Rock Island
RDC-3 + RDC-3
$159.98 KAT-106-3013
Western Pacific
RDC-2 + RDC-2
$159.98 KAT-106-3014
Alaska
711 & 712
$159.98 KAT-106-3015
Jersey Central
551 & 552
$159.98 KAT-106-3016

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