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Rapido Trains HO Budd Rail Diesel Car

Read this review from the July 2018 Model Railroader
Rapido Trains HO Budd Rail Diesel Car
Rapido Trains HO Budd Rail Diesel Car
The car that revived branchline passenger operations for many railroads after World War II stands ready to do the same for HO scale railroads. Rapido Trains has released a highly accurate model of the Budd Rail Diesel Car, or RDC, in three body styles. Available equipped with an ESU LokSound Digital Command Control (DCC) decoder, Rapido’s RDC-1, RDC-2, and RDC-3 boast accurate modeling, smooth operation, and a high level
of detail.

Everything old is new again.
Budd’s RDCs were an immediate hit, which seemed to baffle rail watchers of the day. In the few years after the first RDCs hit the rails, Trains magazine (then called Trains & Travel) ran four articles on them, all asking some variation of the question, “Just what are these things?”

After all, as one of the articles observed, self-propelled gas-electric cars – then called “doodlebugs” – had been tried and discarded years earlier as impractical and underpowered. Yet, here was this audacious (and fairly new) car builder, trying to bring the concept back, and improbably succeeding.

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5 compact track plans

5 compact track plans

Pack lots of fun into a small space.

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