Curious CNR Site Today

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

  1. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

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    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!

    Rob
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    doctorwayne Active Member

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    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.

    Wayne
  3. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

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    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
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    RobertInOntario Active Member

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

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    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.
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    Don't leave home without clean underwear and your camera.
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    hi rob---does this look familiar---it's a proto 1000 model of a cnr rdc 2 #200

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  9. RobertInOntario

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