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Rail - Passenger Car - Commuter - Budd, Bi-Level
Name Passenger Car, Commuter, Budd Bi-Level
Region North America
Category Rail
Type Passenger Car
SubType Commuter
Variety Budd, Bi-Level
Manufacturer Budd (Details)
Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)



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History: In Chicago an Edward G. Budd Car Manufacturing Company bi-level stainless steel commuter car is as common as clout in City Hall. There are actually two distinct styles. The first was built for the CB&Q and has fluting consistent with a standard single level intercity Budd passenger car like a car on the California Zephyr. The second is a narrow fluting more like what is found on the roof of a standard Budd built car but the entire body has this narrow fluting. These cars were built for the Rock Island and the Milwaukee Road.

All the cars were transferred to the Regional Transportation Authority or RTA and then to RTA's rail operation Metra. Metra has been retiring the oldest of the former CB&Q cars which have been finding homes with new commuter agencies after a freshening up. The former Milwaukee and Rock Island cars still are used every day. In recent years Metra has stopped using the Budd cab cars in that role and removed the horns, headlights and in some cases blanked the cab windows.

Railroad/Company: The Budd Company was a 20th-century metal fabricator, a major supplier of body components to the automobile industry and a manufacturer of stainless steel passenger rail cars, airframes, missile and space vehicles, various defense products.
Budd was founded in 1912 in Philadelphia by Edward G. Budd, whose fame came from his development of the first all-steel automobile bodies in 1913 and, in the 1930s, his company's invention of the "shotweld" technique for joining pieces of stainless steel without damaging its anti-corrosion properties.
Budd Company became part of Budd Thyssen in 1978 and in 1999 a part of ThyssenKrupp Budd. Body and chassis operations were sold to Martinrea International in 2006. No longer an operating company, Budd filed for bankruptcy in 2014. It currently exists to provide benefits to its retirees.

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Item created by: gdm on 2018-09-17 11:52:44. Last edited by gdm on 2018-09-17 11:54:52

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