WalthersProto Budd RDC-2 Coach-Baggage - Standard DC - PROTO 1000(TM)
WalthersProto #35302 UPC: 616374088805
Chicago & North Western(TM) #9935 (Plated Finish, yellow Letterboard)
Walthers Part # 920-35302, p. 72 Walthers 2015 HO Scale Reference
HO scale, $139.98, currently in stock at Walthers This product is on-sale today for $59.98
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* Now With Real Metal Finish
* Revised Circuit Board with NMRA 8-Pin Plug for Easy DCC
* 4-Wheel Drive & 8-Wheel Electrical Pickup
* 5-Pole Skew-Wound Motor
* Flywheel Equipped
* Authentically Contoured Radiator With Realistic Fan
* RP-25 Metal Wheels
* Proto MAX(TM) Metal Knuckle Couplers
Many rural lines saw a sharp drop in passenger ridership following WWII,
but trains still had to be run. To slash costs and provide reasonable
levels of service, many railroads found a solution in Budd's new
self-propelled Rail Diesel Car (RDC). Introduced in 1949, the design was
adapted from a modern stainless steel coach. Power was supplied by a pair
of small diesel engines under the floor, each driving a single axle per
truck. Controls at each end eliminated turning or repositioning the car
between trips, and allowed RDCs to be operated alone or coupled together as
a train by a single engineer. The cars proved well suited for country
routes and short-haul commuter lines, and to meet these diverse needs, Budd
eventually offered five different versions. These included the RDC-1 Coach
seating 90, the RDC-2 Coach-Baggage with seats for 70, the RDC-3
Coach/Baggage/Railway Post Office seating 49, the RDC-4, a 72' long
Baggage/Railway Post Office model with a 30' postal apartment, and the
RDC-9 (also RDC-5), a powered coach with no controls seating 94, designed
as a trailer to be pulled by other RDCs. Production continued until 1962,
and RDCs remained in regular service for decades afterward. Several are
preserved in museums today.
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