Thursday, February 5, 2015

New Product from Rapido: Budd RDCs

Growing up in southern Ontario, I recall seeing CN Budd RDCs making their way through my hometown of St. Catharines, on their way between Toronto and Niagara Falls.

Those sliver, black and red units are stuck in my mind, a permanent memory of being a kid who liked trains.

For a long time, the only way to get an RDC was to buy one from Athearn, with the rubber band drive. It was quite a ways from being prototypical.

Later, in the 1990s, Proto 1000 came out with an RDC—much better in all regards.

Now Rapido Trains has come out with the Absolute RDC. With their legendary attention to prototype fidelity and detail, there will likely never be another model that can best it.

Aiming at creating a low operating cost alternative to a conventional passenger train, Budd introduced its RDC models starting in 1949. Nearly 400 units were built over the next thirteen years, entering service with railroads worldwide.

Budd offered its RDC in five major variations. The RDC-1 contained coach seating only. The  RDC-2 was a combination coach-baggage. The RDC-3 was a combination baggage-mail-coach. The RDC-9 was a trailing coach unit with no cab and only one motor. And the RDC-4 was a shorty RPO/baggage only.

Rapido is offering the RDC-1, RDC-2 and RDC-3, each in both Phase 1 and Phase 2 configurations in the following Canadian schemes: VIA Rail, CN, CPR, CP Rail, PGE, BCR and Dominion & Atlantic.

It is offering them in the following U.S. schemes: B & M, B & O, CNJ, CJE, Long Island, MBTA, New Haven, NYC, PC, Reading, SP, and Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines.

Click here for info about the Canadian models.

Click here for info about the U.S. versions.

The CP Rail M & M Sub. never got around to buying an RDC for one reason or another. I might have a reason now.


  1. Some days I wish there was a Rapido "Light" version of their stuff. They make beautiful models, museum quality, but they are so very expensive. (rant mode off) It's great to see that people will have the option to buy one of these great models.

  2. Can't wait to get one of these, in CP Rail paint of course! Was hoping to get down to the Copetown show today to see Jason but the weather put the Kybosh to that idea!