Engineer James wrote:Can they be used still? Or are they sitting there for a purpose?
The Pacific Northwest Chapter, NRHS, owns two former MBTA/B&M RDC-9s, and uses them as coaches on their occassional (less so than in the past) excursions. They are both without all of their engine and propulsion systems.
A shame - because the Port of Tillamook Bay RR owns two RDC-1s (which have been bumped from RDC status, a steam engine now pulls the day-time coastal trips); and the Oregon Department of Transportation owns two ex-PG&E/BCR RDC-1s and a ex-GN/BCR RDC-3 which were used on the Lewis & Clark Excursion Train.
My question is - how difficult would it be to convert a RDC-9 into an RDC-1 - are all of the mounts and other hardware for two engines present on an RDC-9? Certainly new control "stands" would be required as they weren't ever present on a RDC-9...