Posts Tagged ‘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 www.rbmnrr-passenger.com

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

It May Happen Again Someday

June 23, 2020

The East Broad Top has been silent for several years but a well-funded foundation has acquired it and promises to restore the property and its equipment to operating condition.

That could mean a return of scenes such this of EBT M1 near Orbisonia, Pennsylvania, on May 1, 1982.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Amtraking East in Search of Trolleys and Other Delightful Railroad Museum Pieces in Connecticut

February 27, 2016

A Rail Diesel Car wearing New Haven markings pauses at the station in Thomaston, Connecticut.

A Rail Diesel Car wearing New Haven markings pauses at the station in Thomaston, Connecticut.

I recently traveled to New Haven, Connecticut, for the annual Cabin Fever outing hosted by the Shoreline Trolley Museum this year.

It’s a gathering of volunteers from many of the streetcar museums to swap lies and drink beer.

I traveled via Amtrak using the Capitol Limited, the Pennsylvanian and Northeast corridor Regionals.

Norfolk Southern offered us a two-hour delay in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, due to track work and deciding that five westbound freights were a higher priority.

That messed up my connection to a Regional train in Philadelphia. Then the Philly Fire Department provided an hour-plus delay.

My return via Washington worked out better. It was my first time on the Corridor and cruising between 115 and 125 mph was impressive.

The reduced consist of the westbound Capitol Limited felt like a milk run in comparison.

On Feb. 19, we had an RDC excursion on the Railway Museum of New England in Thomaston that included several photo stops and a tour of their shops.

Among the notable pieces in the collection are a Canadian Pacific sister to Jerry Jacobson’s No. 1293, a New Haven RS3, a Central Vermont wood caboose and a GE C40-B.

Other pieces include New Haven FL-9 and a U25B. Unfortunately, their yard is too crowded for good photos.

We spent Friday night and all day Saturday at the Shoreline Museum riding and operating cars from their fleet as well as exploring many barns full of quite interesting pieces from along the East coast and elsewhere.

All in all, I had a great time getting together with old friends and making new ones.

I recommend you plan a vacation to the Northeast. There’s a lot of railroading to experience up there.

Article and Photographs by Alex Bruchac

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A mid-‘20s vintage car at the end of the line in front of the Frank Sprague visitor center.

A mid-‘20s vintage car at the end of the line in front of the Frank Sprague visitor center.

A New England 1906 Railway Post Office car.

A New England 1906 Railway Post Office car.

A turn of the century New York City Third Avenue Brill-built car.

A turn of the century New York City Third Avenue Brill-built car.

This Connecticut Company emergency car (wrecker) was a ery noisy car to ride with all the tools hanging on the walls and crashing about.

This Connecticut Company emergency car (wrecker) was a ery noisy car to ride with all the tools hanging on the walls and crashing about.

A sad home town boy is RTA No. 27, a former Newark, New Jersey, and Minneapolis PCC.

A sad home town boy is RTA No. 27, a former Newark, New Jersey, and
Minneapolis PCC.

No. 745 was part of a seven car train trapped in the World Trade Center and only two to survive. The other is in a museum in Kingston, New York.

No. 745 was part of a seven car train trapped in the World Trade Center and only two to survive. The other is in a museum in Kingston, New York.

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 Returns to the CVSR

October 28, 2013

It is not often that an Alco PA and an RDC are posed side by side. But it happened on Sunday on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in Peninsula.

It is not often that an Alco FA and an RDC are posed side by side. But it happened on Sunday on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in Peninsula.

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad broke out one of its stored RDC cars this past weekend for use on a special event train.

The railroad has not used its RDCs cars as self-propelled power for a few years. Their last regular assignment was in Akron-Canton service. I got out on Sunday afternoon to chase the RDC on The Pumpkin Express, a special event train that operated from Brecksville station to Szalay’s Farm and return.

The theme train was oriented toward children and their parents. The kids were encouraged to board wearing Halloween costumes and they had a “parade” in the aisle of the RDC en route to the farm.

The CVSR website says this RDC car was built in 1950 for the New York, Susquehanna & Western and later sold to the Central of New Jersey. CVSR purchased it in 2003 from the Corydon Scenic Railroad. It has two Cummins turbo charged engines.

After dropping off passengers at Szalay’s, the RDC deadheaded to Peninsula to wait in the siding for the Scenic train.

With the Scenic train out of the way, the RDC moved out of the siding and headed back to Szalay’s Farm to pick up its passengers, who had whiled away their nearly two hours there exploring a corn maze, playing on the swings and browsing the market. Perhaps some bought a pumpkin there.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Along the Cuyahoga River at Brecksville.

Along the Cuyahoga River at Brecksville.

Boarding at Brecksville station.

Boarding at Brecksville station.

Rocking along at the south end of Jaite siding.

Rocking along at the south end of Jaite siding.

Passing the former train order office at Jaite.

Passing the former train order office at Jaite.

Deadheading to Peninsula at the Deep Lock Quarry site along the Towpath Trail.

Deadheading to Peninsula at the Deep Lock Quarry site along the Towpath Trail.

Killing time in Peninsula.

Killing time in Peninsula.

A ground level view of the operator's compartment at the end of the car.

A ground level view of the operator’s compartment at the end of the car.

Some of the workings beneath the car.

Some of the workings beneath the car.

The Scenic is in the clear and time to return to the main to go pick up the passengers at Szalay's.

The Scenic is in the clear and time to return to the main to go pick up the passengers at Szalay’s.

The conductor gives me a friendly wave as the RDC heads out of town.

The conductor gives me a friendly wave as the RDC heads out of town.

Don't show the EPA this image of an RDC emulating a steam locomotive.

Don’t show the EPA this image of an RDC emulating a steam locomotive.