Posts Tagged ‘Budd Rail Diesel Cars’

When RDCs Still Ran in Akron

December 3, 2021

During 2007 the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad operated its four-car Rail Diesel Car fleet between Canton and Akron. The trains typically were three-car sets as shown in these two images.

In the top photograph, a train from Canton is passing beneath the CSX New Castle Subdivision at Akron Junction and passing the CSX yard office near Arlington Street. The train will be at Northside station in a couple of minutes.

In the bottom image, an RDC train bound for Canton passes through the Goodyear complex in Akron. It is about to pass under a bridge that once carried tracks of the Akron & Barberton Belt.

R&N Plans RDC Mainline Trips in 2021

April 24, 2021

Pennsylvania-based Reading & Northern Railroad plans to offer a series of mainline excursions with its Budd RDC cars between May and November.

The trips will operate between “Outer Station” along Route 61 north of Reading and Jim Thorpe with intermediate stops in Port Clinton and Tamaqua.

The first trip will be May 8 and the last is scheduled for Nov. 21.

Passengers will have a three-and-a-half hour layover in Jim Thorpe with the opportunity to ride the Lehigh Gorge Scenic during that time.

Trips depart Reading at 9 a.m. and return by 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $39 per person if traveling the entire route or $24 if boarding at an intermediate station.

More information and ticket purchase information is available at

The R&N’s RDC fleet includes cars built between 1951 and 1958 for the Boston & Maine, New Haven, and New York Central.

RBM&N Sets Fall Foliage Excursions

September 30, 2020

Reading Blue Mountain & Northern will run fall foliage excursions on weekends starting Oct. 3.

The trains will operate with rail diesel car equipment on weekends to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, from Reading Outer Station, Port Clinton, and Tamaqua.

Tickets are $39 per person if boarding at Reading Outer Station and Port Clinton, and $24 per person from Tamaqua.

There will be a four-hour layover in Jim Thorpe where the railroad said passengers can explore the town’s shops, restaurants and museums.

Tickets information is available by calling 610-562-2102 or going to the tourist railroad’s website at

In an unrelated development, the RBM&N’s parent company Reading & Northern Railroad has hired Eric Peters as vice president of transportation and safety.

He will succeed the retiring Thomas Cook. Peters currently works at Norfolk Southern, which he joined 14 years ago as a management trainee.

Peters is now the NS superintendent of the Harrisburg Division.

In a news release, R&N said it interchanges with NS’s Harrisburg Division and Peters therefore has a good perspective of the regional railroad’s operations.

R&N is based in Port Clinton, Pennsylvania, and serves 70 customers in nine eastern Pennsylvania counties.

RDC Excursion Set in April in Pennsylvania

January 10, 2017

The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society will offer a Rail Diesel Car excursion on April 22.

The trip will feature Reading & Northern Budd cars 9166 and 9168 making a photo excursion between Port Clinton Station and North Reading, traveling over the R&N via Pottsville Junction.

There will be photo runby stops and tours of the railroad’s facilities, including engine shops, dispatching center and corporate offices.

A portion of the excursion will use freight-only sections of the Saint Clair line through Yuengling Junction.

Tickets are $49 per person and must be reserved before March 15. Send checks to the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the NRHS at 4408 Hoffman Drive 2nd Floor, Whitehall, PA.

RDC Car in Pennsylvania Sent For Rehab

December 19, 2014


A Rail Diesel Car owned by the Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society in Pennsylvania was moved this week by truck to Columbia, Pa., where it will be restored.

The former Boston & Maine RDC was lifted by a crane from its wheels and placed on highway wheels. The rail trucks and wheels were placed on a flat bed truck.

The refurbished car is expected to return to Bellefonte next summer by rail and under its own power.

Budd built No. 9167 as New York, New Haven & Hartford No. 40. It was assigned to commuter service in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The car was acquired by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation from Penn Central in 1975 for commuter service in the Philadelphia area and renumbered 9167.



RDC Restoration Underway in Pennsylvania

December 11, 2014


Work has begun to restore to operating condition a Budd Rail Diesel Car 9167 owned by the Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society in central Pennsylvania.

The group hopes to have the RDC back in operation by late 2015. It has taken three years for the organization to line up funding for the project.

Rail Mechanical Services Inc. of Columbia, Pa., will perform the heavy mechanical and body restoration work with other work being done by volunteers.

The Bellefonte group currently offers two large excursions each year in the fall and in December. The return of the RDC will enable it to offer additional outings throughout the year.

The Budd Co. built No. 9167 as New York, New Haven & Hartford car No. 40, which operated in commuter service in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

The car was acquired by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation from Penn Central in 1975, renumbered to 9167 and placed in commuter service in Philadelphia.

Placed in storage in 1983, the 9167 was moved to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in 1984 when then transferred it to the Bellefonte group.

No. 9167 is one of six RDCs in Pennsylvania. Once restored it will be one of two in operation.