More Madness from Rapido Trains

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More Madness from Rapido Trains

Statkowski
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July 29th, 2017, 8:38 am #1

If you haven't already spent all of your retirement funds and remortgaged your castle for Rapido's 8200 and 8600 coaches, or the FL9s, or the RDC-1s, now's your chance to spend even more money.

Rapido Trains has announced that they're now offerering RDC-2s (coach/baggage) and RDC-3s (coach/baggage/RPO).  Yes, both models are offered in both the Dumaine (script) and McGinnis (block NH) schemes.

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bogman102
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July 29th, 2017, 11:21 am #2

I was not expecting these! Thanks for the intel.
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rsullivan
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July 29th, 2017, 1:53 pm #3

Mr. Clinton. Is the NHRHTA going to offer them for pre-orders, or should we pre-order through our local hobby shop? Thanks.
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Rick Abramson
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July 29th, 2017, 2:43 pm #4

The NHRHTA is not handling any of these items other than the 8600s and parlors. Order where ever you normally do.
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rsullivan
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July 29th, 2017, 6:27 pm #5

Thank you Mr. Abramson.
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July 29th, 2017, 7:09 pm #6

rsullivan wrote: Thank you Mr. Abramson.
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If you read the Rapido news release, there is a Jason-esque comment in there which suggests the RDC-4s will be produced at some point as well. 

Derek Thompson
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rsullivan
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July 29th, 2017, 11:57 pm #7

Mr. Derek. I caught that comment, but there were only 14 made, with CN having six, CP having three, MStL having 2 and the NH having three, but in two paint schemes and two versions. That's possibly 21 different RDC-4's by car version, car number and paint scheme. Possibly more if the other railroads had different schemes also. Now the CN and CP have a very large following, and they may carry the project. Time will tell. I do see a fly in the ointment though. How many of us already have Kato and Walthers/Life Like (diehards - Athearns) RDC-2 and RDC-3 already in NH livery? I'm sure there are brass models too. I took the hint as, disregard whatever RDC-2's and RDC-3's you already have and buy these much better models. Then you might be rewarded with a RDC-4 model in the next decade. That's my thoughts. Me, I'm planning on getting the better versions and relegating the older ones to kitbashing for Washboard power (unless I decide to use NWSL power trucks like suggested in another thread). Just a few words expressing my thoughts.
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Statkowski
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July 30th, 2017, 8:35 am #8

The two M&StL RDC-4s were modified by adding a small (very small) passenger section on the baggage end of the car.  These were subsequently sold to the C&O, so there's another road for Rapido to do.  Of course, with a passenger entrance on one end, plus windows for the passenger compartment, this was totally different from the other standard RDC-4s.
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bogman102
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July 30th, 2017, 10:05 am #9

Custom Brass, Hallmark and MTS have made brass RDC models.
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rsullivan
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July 30th, 2017, 11:57 am #10

I just remembered the Mainline Modeler, volume 12, number 6, June 1991, article by J.C. Smith, Jr. titled "The Budd RDC4 RPO and Baggage." It has 12 pictures, five of NH, two CN and CP, and one C&O. It also has the diagrams for Phase I with the headlights in the roof, and Phase II with the headlights in a raised housing. The diagram for the former M&StL with wrap-around fluting on the ends and the passnger section addition from the C&O Mechanical Department dated 3-9-59 for car #9081 shows the interior and exterior lines. I was wrong on my count above. For some reason I was thinking of skirts on RDC's, sorry for stupid lapse and not checking before I hit the "Submit" button. The C&O 9081 became the property of the B&M and later the MBTA. But was trapped after a piling fire on the wrong side of the bridge over the Charles River by the North Station so it never received the MBTA livery. Lots of possiblities, but like the dining / grill cars, enough modelers have to buy the RDC-2 and RDC-3 to justify Rapido to think about continuing with the Budd RDC series project in the same way we hope they will continue with the NH's streamline stainless steel car project. At least that is what I got by the hint, and that was not just for us New Haven modelers and members of the NHRHTA either.
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