RDC 42 the FIRESTONE Where is it now??

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RDC 42 the FIRESTONE Where is it now??

BX10
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Joined: 15 Jan 2010, 05:40

29 Nov 2017, 22:04 #1

The last thing I heard was that the Berkshire Scenic bought it, and there were pictures of Berkshire Volunteers looking it over.
 So is it still in Fall River or has it been moved?

 Bill
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rsullivan
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Joined: 14 Dec 2016, 20:36

30 Nov 2017, 09:18 #2

Mr. BX10. I believe it is located at the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum, or at Fall River awaiting approval to be moved to the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum. This was posted on their Facebook page on February 5th, "We are pleased to announce that BSRM will be the new home of the New Haven Railroad's #42, the "Firestone." Built by the Budd Company in March of 1953, #42 is a model RDC-1 and seats 90 passengers. #42 has local historical relevance as it once worked between Danbury & Pittsfield. Welcome #42!" The below picture has an edit date of January 15th and says, "#42 still proudly displays the name given to her so long ago. In the center of the windows is the faded shadow of the MBTA's famous "T" logo."

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RDC 42 side view of the Firestone nameplate.
RDC 42 side view of the Firestone nameplate.
Their next picture is dated February 5th and says, "New Haven RDC No. 42, named "Firestone," wearing a fresh New Haven Railroad McGinnis-era livery."

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RDC 42 Firestone front end view.
RDC 42 Firestone front end view.
The Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum crew inspects The Firestone prior to its move in the below picture which was posted on February 5th saying, "In order to move #42 by rail, all running gear, brake system components and safety appliances were inspected."

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RDC 42 Firestone being inspected by the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum crew.
RDC 42 Firestone being inspected by the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum crew.
The next inspection picture from February 5th says, "Taking wheel measurements."

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RDC 42 Firestone being inspected by the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum crew.
RDC 42 Firestone being inspected by the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum crew.
The next inspection picture for February 5th says, "Inspecting radiator and cooling fan blister."

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RDC 42 Firestone being inspected by the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum crew.
RDC 42 Firestone being inspected by the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum crew.
The next picture is an interior shot from February 5th saying, "Note the Penn Central style number on the door to New Haven No. 42."

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RDC 42 Firestone interior.
RDC 42 Firestone interior.
The next picture is again of the inspection with the February 5th date saying, "Inspecting New Haven RDC No. 42 at Fall River, Mass. — at Old Colony & Fall River Railroad Museum."

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RDC 42 Firestone being inspected by the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum crew.
RDC 42 Firestone being inspected by the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum crew.
The Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum's Facebook page web address is: https://www.facebook.com/berkshirescenicrailway/. Their complete information is: 
Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum, Inc.
10 Willow Creek Road, P.O. Box 2195
Lenox, Massachusetts 01240
Voice: (413) 637-2210   Fax: (413) 637-4965
http://www.berkshirescenicrailroad.org
A July 31st post asked,"Whats the latest on news on RDC "Fire Stone". Will it work the scenic ride in North Adams in the near future??" and the Museum replied,"It remains in Fall River pending movement." So, I guess someone needs to either drive by the former Old Colony & Fall River Railroad Museum site in Fall River or the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum and look to see if it is there. Or, even easier, ask the Museum on Facebook if they have been able to move the Firestone yet. Hope this helps some.
Richard H. Sullivan, Jr.  member #3967
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Statkowski
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Joined: 05 Mar 2003, 09:39

30 Nov 2017, 14:21 #3

It may be the original car, but is that the original name board?  It looks a little bit too new.
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rsullivan
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Joined: 14 Dec 2016, 20:36

30 Nov 2017, 15:53 #4

I called the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum just now, but they are closed. So, I sent a message via their contact page asking where the RDC 42 Firestone is physically located right now, and to answer Mr. Statkowski's question. If the RDC 42 Firestone nameplate is the original or a reproduction applied after the RDC was acquired from the MBTA. It is a volunteer museum, and are only providing rides on Sundays. So, I don't expect an answer right away. I'll post what I find out as soon as I hear or read something.
Richard H. Sullivan, Jr.  member #3967
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Brent S. Bette
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Joined: 30 Nov 2017, 22:13

30 Nov 2017, 22:34 #5

Good Evening! 

As Manager of Special Projects for the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum, I have been asked by the Board of Directors  to develop the fundraising, restoration and educational plans for the "Firestone." Currently, the car still resides in Fall River with movement to the Berkshires imminent. It is believed the current letter-board on the side of the car is not original, however further inquiries have been made with former staff from the Old Colony & Fall River and I will share their answer here. 

The BSRM is ecstatic about this acquisition and would like to thank the Old Colony & Fall River Railroad Museum for their exceptional collaborative spirit. Their efforts to not only preserve the car over all these years but also do right by the artifact, offering it, free of charge, to another preservation organization represents a perfect execution of the Association of Railway Museum (ATRRM) recommended practices. OC&FRRM's exceptional leadership and collaborative spirit will allow the car to be returned to operational status for future generations to enjoy. If anyone has additional information on the car, please feel free to contact me: (bbette@berkshirescenicrailroad.org)

Long live the New Haven. 
  
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DBrion
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Joined: 21 Jun 2006, 05:52

30 Nov 2017, 22:49 #6

Is there yet a planned route for the movement from Fall River to Lenox?
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flatcar99
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Joined: 22 Jul 2017, 18:53

01 Dec 2017, 01:48 #7

Is this the plant the rdc was named after ? https://www.google.com/maps/place/Fires ... 72.9814495
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Brent S. Bette
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Joined: 30 Nov 2017, 22:13

01 Dec 2017, 12:11 #8

No, actually. There was a prominent plant in Fall River, MA discussed here: 

firestone-rubber-plant-in-fall-river-t2077.html
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Brent S. Bette
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Joined: 30 Nov 2017, 22:13

05 Dec 2017, 15:38 #9

Just a quick update on the question raised - the "Firestone" sign is in fact a reproduction as most suspected. Be curious to know where the original ended up. 
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Statkowski
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Joined: 05 Mar 2003, 09:39

05 Dec 2017, 20:59 #10

If either Penn Central or MBTA disposed of it, then it's anybody's guess.  Maybe in someone's basement, maybe already recycled.
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