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General Information about Rail Diesel Cars (RDC)

  • Commonly known as the "RDC," the motorized Rail Diesel Car generally operated in rural areas where ridership and mail/parcel transport were too low for regular passenger train service.
  • When first introduced, the RDC was also proclaimed to be the savior of branch line and suburban service. It was heavily used as a commuter service workhorse (and still is currently in some locations!).
  • The Budd Company rolled out the first RDC in the fall of 1949, a single RDC-1 "Budd Demonstrator." Hundreds more would eventually follow for service to railroads throughout North America and around the world (including South America, Australia, Saudi Arabia and even Cuba!)
  • Oddly enough, it was Budd's experience in the production of small yet powerful diesel engines for WWII tanks that eventually lead to the birth of the RDC.
  • The RDC utilized two compact motors mounted under the car's floor to drive one axle on each truck.
  • Capable of being operated by a motorman from either end of the car, these units could be used independently or combined to create a two- or three-unit consist.
  • A review of the Budd roster reveals that many RDC cars were operated well into the 1970's and early 1980's, with a small number still in service today!
Four standardized designs were created
to reduce the time and expense of custom production
*RDC-1 was strictly passenger-oriented, containing 90 coach seats.The
* RDC-2 contained 71 seats and a separate baggage area.The
* RDC-3 combined a Railway Post Office with a baggage compartment and 49 seats.The
* RDC-4 was a self-contained RPO-Express car.

Modeling era: 1949 to late 1970's/early 1980's, although present day modeling would also be suitable. (Five decades of modeling possibility!!!)
Budd Rail Diesel Cars
  • This is the first production of North American Rail Diesel Cars by KATO.
  • Kato is the first to produce and RDC-4 in N scale! The RPO-Express unit has a shorter length mechanism than the 1~3 styles.
  • ALL models are motorized.
  • All units have "golden glow" LED directional headlight, reminiscent of the actual cars.
  • All models will be equipped with body-mount, FULLY-AUTOMATIC KATO knuckle couplers.
  • Interior of model can be lighted with the optional installation of #11-204 Light Set (sold separately).
  • High level of craftsmanship and precision detail, particularly to underfloor body component. Window frame detail to be same as on recent Corrugated Passenger Cars. Please note, though, that the side windows will be trimmed in black while the operator's cab window is outlined in silver, just as it is on the prototype since the operator's is a "drop-down" window.

    While these models should be capable of operating on a 9-3/4" radius curve, it is recommended they be run on curves no smaller than an 11" radius to prevent the appearance of unrealistic overhang and occurrance of premature uncoupling.
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Part #: KAT-106-01C Rock Island - 15th Anniversary Offer! - Consists of (1) Budd RDC Railcar and an oval of UNITRACK. Oval of track is approximately 2' X 4', with an 11" radius curve.


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Part #: KAT-166-0000-1 Boston & Maine "Minute Man" - Road #: 6211 - Budd RDC
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The Boston and Maine was the largest single purchaser of Budd Rail Diesel Cars, putting them into service on nearly all of their passenger lines to replace aging wooden cars and steam locomotives in the late 50's. The B&M's fleet of RDC's (more than 70 in total) wore the B&M's distinctive "Minute man" logo between the years of 1955 and 1957. After 1957, the RDC's were updated with a more modern squared-off blue-and-white B&M logo that was called the "McGinnis" scheme.
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Part #: KAT-166-0000-2 Boston & Maine "McGinnis" - Road #: 6130 - Budd RDC
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The Boston and Maine was the largest single purchaser of Budd Rail Diesel Cars, putting them into service on nearly all of their passenger lines to replace aging wooden cars and steam locomotives in the late 50's. The B&M's fleet of RDC's (more than 70 in total) wore the B&M's distinctive "Minute man" logo between the years of 1955 and 1957. After 1957, the RDC's were updated with a more modern squared-off blue-and-white B&M logo that was called the "McGinnis" scheme.
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Budd Rail Diesel Cars
Part#: KAT-166-0000 Unlettered - RDC-1 (Passenger)
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Part#: KAT-166-0100 Unlettered - RDC-2 (Passenger/Baggage)

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Part #: KAT-166-0001 Demonstrator - RDC-1 (Passenger)

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Part#: KAT-166-0003 Canadian National - RDC-1 (Passenger)
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Part#: KAT-166-0004 New Haven - RDC-1 (Passenger)
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Part#: KAT-166-0007 Jersey Central - Road #: 551 - RDC-1 (Passenger)
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Part#: KAT-166-0008 Jersey Central - Road #: 552 - RDC-1 (Passenger)
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Part#: KAT-166-0100 Unlettered - RDC-2 (Passenger/Baggage)
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Part#: KAT-166-0101 Canadian Pacific - RDC-2 (Passenger/Baggage)
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Part#: KAT-166-0102 Canadian National - RDC-2 (Passenger/Baggage)
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Part#: KAT-166-0103 New Haven - RDC-2 (Passenger/Baggage)
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Part#: KAT-166-0104 Santa Fe - RDC-2 (Passenger/Baggage)
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Part#: KAT-166-0105 Chicago North Western (CNW) - RDC-2 (Passenger/Baggage)
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Part#: KAT-166-0106 New York Central - RDC-2 (Passenger/Baggage)
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Part#: KAT-166-0107 Northern Pacific - RDC-2 (Passenger/Baggage)
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Part#: KAT-166-0109 Western Pacific - Road #: 376 - RDC-2 (Passenger/Baggage)
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Part#: KAT-166-0110 Alaska Railroad - Road #: 711 - RDC-2 (Passenger/Baggage)
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Part#: KAT-166-0111 Alaska Railroad - Road #: 712 - RDC-2 (Passenger/Baggage)
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Part#: KAT-166-0200 Unlettered - RDC-3 (Passenger/Baggage/RPO)
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Part#: KAT-166-0202 Canadian National - RDC-3 (Passenger/Baggage/RPO)
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Part#: KAT-166-0203 New Haven - RDC-3 (Passenger/Baggage/RPO)
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Part#: KAT-166-0206 New York Central - RDC-3 (Passenger/Baggage/RPO)
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Part#: KAT-166-0207 Northern Pacific - RDC-3 (Passenger/Baggage/RPO)
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Part#: KAT-166-0208 Rock Island - Road #: 9002 - RDC-3 (Passenger/Baggage/RPO)
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Part#: KAT-166-0209 Rock Island - Road #: 9003 - RDC-3 (Passenger/Baggage/RPO)
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Part#: KAT-166-0300 Unlettered - RDC-4 (RPO)
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Part#: KAT-166-0301 Canadian Pacific - RDC-4 (RPO)
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Part#: KAT-166-0302 Canadian National - RDC-4 (RPO)
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Part#: KAT-166-0303 New Haven - RDC-4 (RPO)
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Part#: KAT-166-0303-1 New Haven - RDC-4 (RPO)
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Light Kits
Part #: Kat-11-211 - Interior Lighting Kit w/ LED Version 2
Fits: Corrugated Cars, Smooth Side Cars, Caboose, RDC, Superliner, Daylight, Broadway, Superchief
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Fits: Budd Corrugated Cars, Smooth Side Cars, Caboose, RDC, Superliner
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: : : Specifications
* Light bulb in the conventional interior lighting set has been replaced with white LED in this newly developed lighting set with the rest of the components remaining the same.
* Set for a single car/Set for 6 Cars
::: Components for a car:
* Lens Color Filter, Reflector Unit, Unit Holder, and Contact Spring

: : :Features
* Use of newly developed White LED recreates a fluorescent lamp lighted environment.
* By attaching the Color Filter the white color can be changed into yellowish “incandescent” light. Use of this filter is particularly good with older time period cars in which incandescent light was prevalent.
* Be sure to note the value pricing of the #11-212 Kit giving you the components for six cars for the price of five single-car kits!

: : : Additional Notes
* Applicable to those (N) passenger cars which #11-204/206 New Interior Lighting sets can be fit into.

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Part #: Kat-11-212 - Interior Lighting Kit w/ LED Version 2 (6 pieces)
Fits: Can be used to illuminate any N Scale Kato Passenger car, business car, or RDC.
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Fits: Budd Corrugated Cars, Smooth Side Cars, Caboose, RDC, Superliner
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Decoders
Part #: Kat-29-352 - FL12 Tail Light Control Decoder

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DCC Decorder for tail light control in the Daylight, California Zephyr, and Super Chief observation cars.

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Part #: Kat-29-353 - FR11 Interior Light Control Decoder

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DCC Decoder for N interior lighting kits 11-209/11-211 and 11-210/11-212. Allows programmable on/off functionality on DCC.

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Inventory is a fluid commodity.  It changes by the hour (sometimes by the minute). To retain our pricing structure we maintain stock levels designed to turnover 6 times each year. We cannot guarantee stock status till we have an order in hand. All product is subject to prior sale. If we confirm that we have it, and, while we are waiting for the order it sells, you would be upset that we did not hold it.
We used to hold items but learned a VERY EXPENSIVE lesson. When we held items for customers’ orders, the order never materialized 80%+ of the time.  We lost out on the orders placed while the item was on hold.  Also we wasted staff time that could have been used to pull actual orders.
Since we are well known for finding older stock the fact that it may not be on our shelves at this minute does not mean we can’t get it. So, as we spell out on our terms pages, we don’t do it anymore.
You may, however, call in and we will tell you if the items are available and if possible attempt to locate what we don’t have while you are on the phone.

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