The Budd Rail Diesel Car (RDC)

Lewis And Clark Explorer - Portland, Oregon - July 2004

Photos of The Oregon Department of Transport's Lewis And Clark Bi-Centenary project was to re-open the rail line between Portland, Oregon and Astoria, Oregon for passenger service. To operate the service, they purchased three Budd RDCs from BCRail after the termination of BCRail's passenger operations in September 2002. These were Budd RDC-1s BC-10 and BC-11, and Budd RDC-3 BC-31. The service has operated each summer since 2003, but this year (2005) will be the final year. The Budd RDCs are due to be auctioned off in October after the service has ended. It is my hope that at least one, if not all three, can be returned to British Columbia and the West Coast Rail Association based on their old route at Squamish BC. In particular, the Budd RDC-1s which were operated on the Vancouver to Prince George route since purchased new from Budd in the 1950s should be returned to their old homes.

All Photos: © Copyright Bevis R W King 2004 - All Rights Reserved.

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