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The Budd Rail Diesel Car
by Donald Duke and Edmund Keilty
Part #GWB-RDC N Scale Supply Price:Sold Out
October 2002: Available once again
RDC: The Budd Rail Diesel Car is the complete story of this unique railcar, from its conception to current status. This book discusses how the cars were built, their controls, and the various railroads that purchases them. Also considered is the RDC-9, a blind-powered trailer car built for the Boston & Maine. The design changes of 1956 are considered, as well as modifications and re-builds by Morrison-Knudsen. There is a section about stainless steel and the "shotwelding" process, and a biography of the late Edward G. Budd.

The SPV-2000, a state of the art self-propelled vehicle, with a projected service life through the year 2000, is described as a troubled "advancement" in RDC design. The large appendix section includes a description of each railroad that ran RDC's, how they were utilized, a complete roster, and a map showing the route of the RDC's. At the end of the book is a complete roster of RDC's by builder's number.

Table of Contents
Branch Lines are Formed
Search for a Self Propelled Railcar
Budd Company enters Railcar Market
Budd Rail Diesel Car Prototype
The RDC Car is Born
End of the Line
Alaska Railroad
Baltimore & Ohio
Boston & Maine
British Columbia Railway
Canadian National Railways
Canadian Pacific
Central Railroad of New Jersey
Chesapeake & Ohio
Chicago & Eastern Illinois
Chicago & North Western
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Dominion Atlantic Railway
Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range
Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic
Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific
Great Northern
Lehigh Valley
Long Island Rail Road
Maryland Department of Transportation
Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority
Metro-North Commuter Railroad
Minneapolis & St. Louis
Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Katy)
New Haven
New Jersey Transit
New York Central
New York, Susquehanna & Western
Northern Pacific
Oregon, Pacific & Eastern
Penn Central-Conrail
Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines
Port Authority of Allegheny County
Reading Company
Rock Island
Santa Fe
Southern Pacific - Northwestern Pacific
Via Rail Canada
Western Pacific
RDC's Around the World - Commonwealth Railways of Australia, Cuban National Railways, Ferroviaria Federal S.A. (RDDSA), Saudi Government Railroad, Commonwealth Engineering Group
RDC Company Roster
RDC Budd cars from Kato