Transport Fever

Transport Fever

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Canadian National Budd RDC
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Aug 1, 2018 @ 1:41pm
Aug 3, 2018 @ 1:35pm
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Canadian National Budd RDC

Special thanks to Maik [Ger] for creating the RDC model. Unfortunately, I could not reach them for permission to use their model. I will list them as a contributor once they respond to my friend request.

Features and Information

  • Introduced: 1954
  • Production ends: 1978
  • Top Speed: 137 Kph (85 Mph)
  • Tractive Effort: 347 kN

Two paint schemes are included:
  • Canadian National 1954 Green & Gold
  • Canadian National 1960 "Wet Noodle"

Canadian National once owned many miles of branch lines, which for the most part were only marginally profitable due to the running costs of steam engines at the time. Self-propelled cars had been used on the CNR's branch lines as early as 1925, but they were never made in great numbers and never fully replaced steam power on these branch lines.

When Budd built the RDC in 1949, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific were hesitant to purchase them. Canadian National first began operating them in 1954, at which point they became very successful. As passenger ridership was decreasing in the late 1950's and early 1960's, Budd RDC's had almost entirely replaced commuter service in Toronto, and were used on any branch lines that weren't torn up due to disuse.

Canadian National used the RDC's, which they had nicknamed "Railiners" (As opposed to Canadian Pacific's name for them, "Dayliners"), until 1978 when VIA Rail was created and inherited the CNR's passenger equipment. Today, VIA Rail still stores a handful of Budd RDC's at their maintenance facility west of Toronto, and operates others in Northern Ontario.
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kademan2003 Aug 3, 2018 @ 2:16pm 
thanks so much it looks amazing i have waited so long for this, you should do via rail next
SpecialistZer0 Aug 3, 2018 @ 3:52am 
@Wief Chiggum. Beautiful looking train. Thank you very much.
BRAVO Aug 1, 2018 @ 4:13pm 
Thad  [author] Aug 1, 2018 @ 4:11pm 
Thanks for the corrections, as you have likely guessed by now I do not live in that part of Canada. The description has been updated. :coach:
SoftwareSimian Aug 1, 2018 @ 4:02pm 
"Victoria Island" -> "Vancouver Island" (yes, even though Victoria is on the island and Vancouver is not). Also, VIA service on Vancouver Island was "suspended indefinitely" in 2011 [].