RDC colors - Athearn RDC

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Statkowski
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March 28th, 2018, 7:53 pm #11

jkasey wrote: While we're on the subject of RDC colors, on page 25 of New Haven Trackside with T.J. Donahue there is another photo of an RDC with that blue fluting like the one mentioned in a previous posting. A closer look with a loupe reveals that the blue is also on the roof serrations as well but could be the way the slide was or photo was developed because it is not very consistent.

John
The blue-fluted RDC was a result of the clear blue sky reflecting off the side of an adjacent clean RDC.  Yeah, I know, who ever would have expected a clean RDC on the New Haven?
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corlissbs
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March 28th, 2018, 8:53 pm #12

Statkowski wrote:
jkasey wrote: While we're on the subject of RDC colors, on page 25 of New Haven Trackside with T.J. Donahue there is another photo of an RDC with that blue fluting like the one mentioned in a previous posting. A closer look with a loupe reveals that the blue is also on the roof serrations as well but could be the way the slide was or photo was developed because it is not very consistent.

John
The blue-fluted RDC was a result of the clear blue sky reflecting off the side of an adjacent clean RDC.  Yeah, I know, who ever would have expected a clean RDC on the New Haven?
That is not entirely true. Perhaps at the end, but not in the early 1960’s. I used to ride between Providence and Boston a couple of times per week. Either in the cab of the Roger Williams or in the cab of an RDC train. The trains were washed in Boston. If our train was chosen, the towerman at Sourth Station would come out and “scrub his hands” to tell the engineer that he was to wash before taking the train to the house. The RDC’s were quite clean. Even the GP9’s on the locals were washed.
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rfranzosa
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March 28th, 2018, 9:12 pm #13

I had an Uncle that lived in Dorchester.  I remember riding down the Southeast Expressway in his car, watching a train of stainless New Haven passenger cars being pulled through the car washer as we drove by.

Rick Franzosa
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April 5th, 2018, 11:04 am #14

Statkowski wrote: Underbody and trucks basic flat black, engine covers chrome-ish.

Of course, you do realize that the New Haven's RDCs were all Phase 1 versions and Athearn's "shorty" model is a Phase 2a version.  No, they were not painted white/black/red-orange.
NH had at least Phase 2 on the Naugatuck River line.  McGinnis paint scheme on the ends.
The Rapido webpage (cited elsewhere on this thread) is a very good summary of the NH RDCs.
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April 13th, 2018, 4:26 pm #15

Bill:
That is one serious sky reflection on those RDCs. . .LOL!!
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rapidobill
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April 23rd, 2018, 9:44 am #16

Actually, when delivered from Budd the underframes and trucks were painted dark Blue. This information is confirmed by Budd Company diagrams The battery boxes and motor covers were stainless. (This photo is from the NHRHTA collection and was provided to Rapido when we were doing R&D on our models). rdc1.jpg
It appears that when the units were repainted in later years the chassis were painted black.

Bill 
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jimmiegag
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April 23rd, 2018, 10:00 am #17

rapidobill wrote: Actually, when delivered from Budd the underframes and trucks were painted dark Blue. This information is confirmed by Budd Company diagrams The battery boxes and motor covers were stainless. (This photo is from the NHRHTA collection and was provided to Rapido when we were doing R&D on our models).rdc1.jpg
It appears that when the units were repainted in later years the chassis were painted black.

Bill 
I can confirm that as fact. I have the drawings.
BUT too bad Rapido did not put the correct walkover seats in the NEW HAVEN RDC models?
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Rodeo Joe
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April 23rd, 2018, 8:01 pm #18

rapidobill wrote: Actually, when delivered from Budd the underframes and trucks were painted dark Blue. This information is confirmed by Budd Company diagrams The battery boxes and motor covers were stainless. (This photo is from the NHRHTA collection and was provided to Rapido when we were doing R&D on our models).rdc1.jpg
It appears that when the units were repainted in later years the chassis were painted black.

Bill 
Bill,

Any chance of doing these coming out in N-scale?

Joe
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rapidobill
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April 24th, 2018, 8:31 am #19

Rodeo Joe wrote:Bill,

Any chance of doing these coming out in N-scale?

Joe
Not on the radar at the moment Joe. 

Bill
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