RDC's on Berkshire line mid 1960s'

bogman102
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November 1st, 2017, 10:52 am #1

I grew up in Wilton CT and rail fanned the Berkshire line (dock yard through Pittsfield MA.)  through the 1960's.
I was curious to know if anybody knows what numbers the RDC's were during that time period?
I seem to remember RDC-1 #21 but may be mistaken. Was an RDC-2 ever used in that area?
Any help would be appreciated and thank you.   Jim Warner
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rsullivan
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November 1st, 2017, 11:21 am #2

Mr. Bogman 102. In Mr. C.F. Cavanaugh's Diesel Locomotives of the New Haven Railroad (1980), on page 86 he wrote at the end of the paragraph on daily passenger service, "As passenger service declined a Budd car was substituted between Danbury and Pittsfield." Since you lived there, I guess you already knew. But, I wanted to provide a source. On pages 92, 93, and 97, the Budd RDC-1 pictured in McGinnis scheme is number 31. On page 103, two Budd RDC-1's are shown in a spring of 1961 photo. Both are in McGinnis scheme and the lead RDC wears number 39. RDC-1 number 21 may still be a correct number, I just wanted to give you those two additional numbers. I don't have a consist book that covers those years yet, so I can't look it up.
Richard H. Sullivan, Jr.  member #3967
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Statkowski
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November 1st, 2017, 1:02 pm #3

Pick an RDC-1 number, any number.  If one had to go in to the shop in New Haven for servicing it would be replaced by another.  I remember seeing No. 42, "Firestone" at Danbury once.
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bogman102
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November 1st, 2017, 2:36 pm #4

Richard, Thank you for the reference. I did see those two photos and should have included that information in my query.
All I could find for #21 was a photo in Shoreliner: 27-3: 22 at Quincy Mass. 
it also appears that RDC-2,3,4 were mostly used on the central and eastern side of the state, MA and RI.
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November 1st, 2017, 4:57 pm #5

Wasn't the FIRESTONE used on that line too? Not sure if it was the #26 or the #42 Budd.

Bill
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kcur8722
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November 1st, 2017, 5:10 pm #6

Last I knew, #42 RDC Budd Car was at RMNE in Thomaston CT.  Took a ride in it on their operative rail line over two years ago.  I saw it earlier this year in their rail yard & it was still in great shape.
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kcur8722
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November 1st, 2017, 5:29 pm #7

I just wanted to clarify that the one that the RMNE has is #41, not #42.  Sorry for the error.
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TomCurtin
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November 2nd, 2017, 2:57 pm #8

Statkowski wrote: Pick an RDC-1 number, any number.  If one had to go in to the shop in New Haven for servicing it would be replaced by another.  I remember seeing No. 42, "Firestone" at Danbury once.
There were two RDC's assigned to Danbury in that period:  the Pittsfield one, and the Danbury-Norwalk shuttle one.  I can tell you, having been there, that you would be likely to see any number RDC-1 in either service ---- this, for the reason that Henry states above.  And yes, I saw "FIRESTONE" there also.

I also saw an RDC-2 assigned to Danbury for a short period once.
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Statkowski
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November 2nd, 2017, 4:40 pm #9

Don't forget the B&M RDC-1 they had running there on the shuttle for a while, too.
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TomCurtin
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November 2nd, 2017, 6:47 pm #10

Ah yes Henry ..... I remember that too.  I presume it was a borrowed unit due to a New Haven equipment shortage.  The most remarkable feature of it was the horn that resembled nothing the New Haven ever had!!!!
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