Curious CNR Site Today

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by RobertInOntario, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    I saw a curious site this morning on the CNR tracks near my office. I was waiting at the signals for two freight trains to pass through.

    On one of the trains, the second last car was a silver dayliner coach, with domed observation roof, etc. -- at least it sure looked liked that from where I was sitting! Then after it came the last freight car.

    Has anyone else seen anything like this? I was wondering if they were using an old dayliner coach for a work crew or as a kind of caboose? It sure stood out!

  2. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Was it a Dayliner, which I believe was what CN called its RDCs, or was it an actual dome car? I believe that some of the latter have been refurbished and are still in service on the Ocean Limited and perhaps some trains out west. I don't think that there are any RDCs still in service though, (pity :cry: ), although either type may have been in transit for repairs or restoration, or perhaps enroute to a museum.

  3. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Thanks, Wayne. Well, it definitely had the rounded viewing area at the top. I'm not sure what an RDC is (sorry! ... I'm more up on British trains). I have seen these cars in use -- at least a few years ago -- in passenger trains. At any rate, it sure looked strange at the end of a freight train! Rob
  4. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

  5. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Thanks, Triplex. I think it was an RDC -- or at least it looked like that from a distance. Rob
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Rob: in an RDC, the raised bit in the roof has something to do with cooling (engine or passengers, forget which) and is not a viewing area. The other telltale is that the ends are rounded and most have windows for the engineer.
    Thre rae a number of RDCs left; I think a couple in northern Ontario service plus the ones on Vancouver Island.
    There's one in Orangeville that may get restored/converted for excursion service.
  7. Chaparral

    Chaparral Member

    Don't leave home without clean underwear and your camera.
  8. cn nutbar

    cn nutbar Member

    hi rob---does this look familiar---it's a proto 1000 model of a cnr rdc 2 #200

  9. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Thanks! Yes, I think it was one of those. Again, it went by quickly and I was quite a few cars back from the tracks. It sure surprised me & got me wondering. Rob
  10. railwaybob

    railwaybob Member

    If it was an RDC, it may have been on its way to Moncton NB for overhaul.

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