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N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-0045XX - Railcar, Diesel, Budd RDC - Cuban National Railways - 503

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N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-0045XX - Railcar, Diesel, Budd RDC - Cuban National Railways - 503


Brand Con-Cor
Stock Number 0001-0045XX
Original Retail Price $35.98
Manufacturer Roco
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Roco Rail Diesel Cars RDC-3
Prototype Railcar, Diesel, Budd RDC (Details)
Road or Company Name Cuban National Railways (Details)
Reporting Marks Cuba
Road or Reporting Number 503
Paint Color(s) Silver
Print Color(s) Black
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Standard
DCC Readiness No
Item Category Passenger Trains
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype Railcar
Model Variety Budd RDC-3
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Epoch II (1920-1945)
Years Produced 1949-1962
Scale 1/160



Model Information: Con-Cor introduced this Roco made model of the Budd RDC-1 and the Budd RDC-2 in 1981. In 1982, they added the RDC-3 to the line-up. The same mechanism is used for all three railcars models: RDC-1's, 2's and 3's. The models come with both operating mechanisms as well as 'dummy' versions. For some strange reason, Con-Cor released more unpowered than powered units.

The chassis is huge and all-metal, making these units capable of serving as a make-shift doorstop, paperweight or club. They are driven with a 5-pole skew-wound motor. The Rapido couplers are truck-mounted and the wheels all have deep flanges, making Code-55 track a no-no. Fortunately, the heft of these puppies yields good pickup and nice slow-speed operation. Of course, the dummy units don't have the metal chassis and are quite light in comparison.

DCC Information: These units of older “Heritage Series” production first introduced in the late 1970’s by Con-Cor, run only on DC trackage, and converting to “DCC” would be very difficult as the motor uses the frame for power pickup.

Prototype History:
Commonly known as the "RDC," the motorized Rail Diesel Car generally operated in rural areas where ridership and mail/parcel transport were too low for regular passenger train service. When first introduced, the RDC was also proclaimed to be the savior of branch line and suburban service. It was heavily used as a commuter service workhorse (and still is currently in some locations!).
The Budd Company rolled out the first RDC in the fall of 1949, a single RDC-1 "Budd Demonstrator." Hundreds more would eventually follow for service to railroads throughout North America and around the world (including South America, Australia, Saudi Arabia and even Cuba!). Oddly enough, it was Budd's experience in the production of small yet powerful diesel engines for WWII tanks that eventually lead to the birth of the RDC.
The RDC utilized two compact motors mounted under the car's floor to drive one axle on each truck. Capable of being operated by a motorman from either end of the car, these units could be used independently or combined to create a two- or three-unit consist.
A review of the Budd roster reveals that many RDC cars were operated well into the 1970's and early 1980's, with a small number still in service today!

Four standardized designs were created to reduce the time and expense of custom production
- RDC-1 was strictly passenger-oriented, containing 90 coach seats.
- RDC-2 contained 71 seats and a separate baggage area.
- RDC-3 combined a Railway Post Office with a baggage compartment and 49 seats.
- RDC-4 was a self-contained RPO-Express car.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Road Name History: Ferrocarriles de Cuba (FCC) or Ferrocarriles Nacionales de Cuba (English: National Railway Company of Cuba), provides passenger and freight services for Cuba.

Ferrocarriles de Cuba uses 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge that extends from Guane (province Pinar del Río) in the westernmost part of the island up to the bay of Guantánamo in the eastern part. The 835 kilometers (519 mi) central railway runs from Havana to Santiago de Cuba in the eastern region. Most of the 4,226 kilometers (2,626 mi) system is diesel powered with 140 kilometers (87 mi) electrified. The flagship Train Number 1 travels between Havana and Santiago de Cuba. Other long distance passenger services link Havana to Pinar del Río (western railway), Cienfuegos (South branch), Sancti Spiritus, Bayamo-Manzanillo and Guantanamo. The network connects the six first level ports in Cuba: Havana, Mariel, Matanzas, Cienfuegos, Nuevitas and Santiago de Cuba, as well as all province capital cities.

Brand/Importer Information:
Con-Cor has been in business since 1962. Many things have changed over time as originally they were a complete manufacturing operation in the USA and at one time had upwards of 45 employees. They not only designed the models,but they also built their own molds, did injection molding, painting, printing and packaging on their models.

Currently, most of their manufacturing has been moved overseas and now they import 90% of their products as totally finished goods, or in finished components. They only do some incidental manufacturing today within the USA.


Manufacturer Information:
The company was founded in 1960 by Ing. Heinz Rössler and started with a plastic Minitanks series of military vehicles. After export to the USA became successful, the model line was expanded with model trains in HO scale and the smaller N scale. TT scale was also subsequently added to the product line. The model rail product line covers many European countries including Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands, and also the USA.

On July 15, 2005 ROCO Modellspielwaren GmbH was declared bankrupt. From July 25 the company continues as Modelleisenbahn GmbH, but still uses the Roco brand and associated logo. On October 1, 2007, distribution of the 'Minitank' product series was assigned to the German model car manufacturer Herpa.

Since February 2008 Modelleisenbahn also owns Fleischmann, which like Roco had gone bankrupt. The two companies continue as separate brands under Modelleisenbahn GmbH, while benefiting from economies of scale through joined development projects, marketing and procurement.

From Wikipedia

Item created by: scottakoltz on 2020-09-16 23:15:13

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