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Budd Rail Diesel Car RDC-1 Coach
Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines
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, with power 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. A replica of one of those 90-seat coach versions, this HO scale model features a finely molded body with a real metal finish that simulates the stainless steel of the original; a precision 5-pole motor with flywheel; all-wheel electrical pickup; separately applied wire grab irons; a detailed underframe with brake and motor components; RP25 metal wheels; magnetically operated knuckle couplers; authentic markings, and more. Measures 12" long and arrives ready to roll.
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