Long Island Rail Road Budd RDCs

Creedmoor Branch Trip  April 28, 1957 at Cross Island Parkway in Bellerose  Photo/Archive: Art Huneke

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Creedmoor Branch Trip  April 28, 1957 at Whitepot Junction  Photo: William Rugen Archive: Art Huneke

A Brief History of the  LIRR Budd RDCs: by Dave Keller
Research/photographer/archive: Dave Keller, unless as indicated.

LIRR Press Release - 11/10/54

RDC1, #3101, (passengers only) was built by Budd in 8/55 and given LIRR modernization #49.

RDC2, #3121 (with baggage compartment), was built by Budd in 3/55 and given LIRR modernization #1

Budd Sales Photo

Schematic of RDC1

Budd RDC Sales Flyer


"EAST ENDER" Service

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East Ender Brochure front 
Archive: Brad Phillips

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East Ender Brochure inside 
Archive: Brad Phillips

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RDC1 #3101 "East Ender" - Crossing Deer Park Ave., 
Babylon eastbound in Winter of 1955

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East Ender Brochure reverse 
Archive: Brad Phillips

Originally there was only one car, the RDC2, which was built in March, 1955 and arrived on the LIRR first, followed by RDC1 built in August, 1955, and delivered to the LIRR second. Early images show only one car in use. Both appear to have the end doors painted orange and stenciled "East Ender." This photo in the winter of 1955 (post 8/55 construction date), because come 6/12/56, both cars are on the property and operating coupled at Babylon.   Info: Dave Keller
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"East Ender" BUDD RDC2 #3121 Trailer - Southampton view NW 1955 (Edwards-Keller)
When they first arrived on the LIRR, they had the logo “East Ender” painted in script on their orange end doors.

The LIRR voided their warranty with the Budd Company as a result of the practice of coupling a “ping-pong” car to the RDC.
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Budd RDC2 # 3121 "East Ender" at station Riverhead 1956 
Archive: Dave Keller
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The “Budd Cars,” as most people called them, were usually seen coupled together in later years in Patchogue-Babylon “Scoot” service.

The "Budd Cars" at Morris Park.
Photo: Steve Hoskins

RDC 3101, 3121 entering the Central branch west of Babylon to Hicksville 1957 Info/Archive: Dave Keller

PD Tower  at Patchogue 04/06/63

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LIRR #3121 Morris Park 11/1960

RDC1 #3101 Greenport 9/27/59

RDC2 #3121 & RDC1 #3101 
Greenport dock 1956

They were also used in Greenport service. It was during one of those trips that #3101 was destroyed in a grade crossing accident on 10/18/67 while headed eastbound along the Main Line. It hit a LIZZA sand truck at the Blue Point Road grade crossing just east of the Holtsville station. The truck was being used in the construction of the LIE in that stretch between Holbrook and Calverton 71 year old Engineer Patsy Molese was killed. 

Engineer “Patsy” Molese and the Budd Car 
by Dave Keller 3/18/06

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RDC Railfan Extra Evergreen Branch Palmetto St. 
Ridgewood 9/09/1956 Archive: Dave Keller

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RDC Railfan Extra LIRR #3101 and  #3121 Bushwick  9/09/1956 Photo/Archive: Art Huneke

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RDC Railfan Extra close-up Evergreen Branch Palmetto St. Ridgewood 9/09/1956 Archive: Dave Keller

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Evergreen Branch - Ridgewood Station 9/09/1956 
Photo: Art Huneke
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RDC Special Newtown Lane, East Hampton view westbound 03/1961 Photo/Archive: Art Huneke

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RDC2 #3121 Riverhead c.1956 (Edwards-Keller)


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RDC1 #3101  RDC2 #3121 
Babylon 1955
Collection: Dave Keller

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RDC1 #3101  RDC2 #3121
Oyster Bay 1956
Collection: Dave Keller

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 RDC1 #3101 at Morris Park
Photo: Steve Hoskins c. 1960's

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  RDC1 #3101 at Montauk  02/22/1961
Photo:  J. Claflin  
Collection: Craig Zeni 

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RDC1 #3101  RDC2 #3121
  Babylon Tower
Collection: Dave Keller

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RDC2 #3121 at Morris Park 
Photo: Steve Hoskins c.1960's
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RDC2 #3121 at KO Ronkonkoma 
view W 1956 (W .J. Edwards-Keller)
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RDC1 #3101 RDC2 #3121 1956 Northport Photos: Merritt 
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RDC1 #3101 RDC2 #3121 1956 Northport Photos: Merritt
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RDC1 #3101  RDC2 #3121 
Bay Shore c. 1960's Photo: Steve Hoskins
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Fan trip RDC on Old Northport Branch
11/01/64 Photo: Brad Phillips
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End of line at Route 25A - Fort Salonga Rd. Fan trip RDC on Old Northport Branch 11/01/64  Photo: Brad Phillips


Disposition of the Budd cars:  #3101 was taken out of service as the entire front end was crushed in. #3121 was salvaged and stored. #3101 was sold in 12/71 to Sarnelli Brothers and scrapped at the LIRR’s Corona Yard. #3121 was traded to the B&O for their closed-end observation car “Napannee” in 7/68.  Annotations provided by Dave Keller  6/2004