Photos of Danbury Railway Museum's
resident collection of former New Haven Budd RDCs - including the two cab
cars from the New Haven's Roger Williams Set.
All Photos: © Copyright Bevis R W King 2004 - All Rights Reserved.
|New Haven Budd RDC-1 NH#41 in the museum yard at Danbury CT.||A side view of NH#41 - lying on the ground in the foreground is the former Wilton train orders signal which was re-erected shortly after my visit.|
|A slightly more detailed view of the front of NH#41 showing the lights - note that this unit has had ditch lights installed, unlike NH#32 seen in the picture to the right.||Front view of New Haven RDC-1 NH#32 still undergoing restoration, but already in very good condition externally and internally.|
|Engineers controls in the vestibule of NH#32 - this looks to be the original Budd control stand, rather different from those introduced during rebuilds on most of the other Budd RDCs featured in these pages.||The interior of Budd RDC-1 NH#32. Very nice condition and I believe very close to the original Budd layout and style.|
|This is a Budd RDC? Yes, indeed it is! Here we see the front end of New Haven Roger Williams cab car, NH#140. This was part of a special five car trainset built by Budd for the New Haven Railroad that used RDCs as a base, but looked more like a locomotive-hauled express.||This shot with both Roger Williams cab cars, NH#140 and NH#141, coupled together shows some of the characteristic Budd RDC features such as the roof-top radiator blister, the break in the windows where the pipes go up to the blister, and the typically busy RDC under-belly. Although built as a five car set, during its later years in service, the two cab cars were used together as they are seen now.|
|New Haven Budd RDC-1 NH#47 sits in a middle line still awaiting significant restoration work - hopefully it'll soon be as gleaming as sisters NH#41 and NH#32.||A more general view of the Museum yard at Danbury showing New York Central GM EMD FL9 #2013, New Haven Budd RDC-1 NH#41 and Boston and Maine 2-6-0 Mogul steam locomotive #1455.|
|Other Locomotives At Danbury Railway Museum|
The tunnels surrounding New York's Penn Street Station have been off-limits to diesel locomotives for many decades due to inadequate ventilation to remove diesel (or steam) exhaust. These dual-power locomotives answer this problem by running as a third-rail electric locomotive where power is available, and generating their own power with the diesel engine here third-rail supplies are not available.
|The Danbury Railway Museum's main yard is circled by a teardrop line used by Metro-North Commuter Railroad to turn (and on a Saturday) store their stock. Here on the lead of a parked commuter train is dual-power GE P32DM "Genesis" locomtive, Metro-North Railroad #209.||New and Old: this is New York Central GM EMD FL9 #2013, the previous generation of dual-power (Diesel Electric & Third Rail Electric) locomotive replaced by the GE P32DM seen on the left.|
|A pair of EMD carbody-style passenger locomotives: On the left is a GM EMD E-9A in New York Central livery as #4096 - EMD built two series of carbody-style locomotives: the four axle F-series and the six axle E-series. The only exception to these designations were the dual-power FL9s, which were five axle! Two axles at the front, and three at the rear! NH#2006 on the right of this picture is an FL9.||Alco RS-3m switcher - Connecticutt Department of Transport #605. The Alco RS series of switchers were an extremely common yard switcher through-out North America, and also served on some local freight and even a few passenger services.|
|We've had GE (the Metro-North #209) and GM (FL9s and E9A) passenger locomotives, so here's a representative of the other main maker - Alco - here represented by a Montreal Locomotive Works-built (to an Alco design) FPA-4 locomotive.||The Oldie: 1907-built Boston and Maine 2-6-0 Mogul steam locomotive #1455.|