HO Absolute RDC Project – CNW set

HO Absolute RDC Project – C&NW set

Rapido Trains Inc. is proud to present the entire fleet of Chicago & North Western RDC units in HO scale, comprised of RDC-1 cars #9933 & #9934 and RDC-2 #9935.

Purchased in 1950 to evaluate in commuter service, the three RDCs were used in a fixed set between Chicago and Milwaukee. Although the RDCs were cheaper to operate than locomotive hauled services, the C&NW eventually abandoned the project and standardized on bi-level formations for its commuter operations. In 1957 all three RDCs were sold to the Chesapeake & Ohio.

We are offering all three C&NW cars individually or as a three-car set, see below.

Our HO Scale Model Features:

  • Designed from 3D scans of the real RDCs (Phase 1 and Phase 2)
  • Accurate Phase 1 and Phase 2 details and fluting
  • Correct Phase 1b, Phase 1c and Phase 2 roof blisters
  • Numerous American and Canadian paint schemes
  • Rapido’s acclaimed “stainless steel” finish
  • Full interior detail with constant lighting and no motor visible through the windows
  • Two five-pole, skew-wound motors hidden in the actual engine bays
  • Crazy amount of underbody detail
  • Separate underframe piping and conduit
  • Lit number boards and class lights
  • Working nose door Gyralite and ditch lights where appropriate
  • Fabricated or cast truck sideframes, as appropriate
  • Minimum Radius 18″
  • All wheels powered
  • Separate grab irons and front door chains
  • Etched-metal roof grills and fan covers
  • Wrap-around nose fluting, if appropriate
  • Separate diaphragms, if appropriate
  • Loads of roadname-specific details
  • DC Silent or DC/DCC/Sound
  • Models will have either Detroit or Cummins engine sounds as appropriate.
  • Models will have standard bell or E-bell as appropriate.
  • Rapido RDC Underframe with CRAZY underbody detail – a Rapido hallmark.

Despite rising production costs, the MSRP is unchanged at $325 (DC/DCC/Sound) and $225 (DC/Silent) in the United States and the rest of the world.

As usual, these railcars will be made to order.

The order deadline will remain open for just a couple of weeks, reserve yours now!
Delivery in late 2018.

Chicago & North Western

RDC-1 (Phase Ib) and RDC-2 (Phase Ib)
Road # Type DC/Silent
Item #
Item #
9933 RDC-1 PhIb 16125 Sold out at Rapido 16625 Sold out at Rapido
9934 RDC-1 PhIb 16126 Sold out at Rapido 16626 Sold out at Rapido
9935 RDC-2 PhIb 16159 16659
3-Car Set RDC-1 x2 & RDC-2 16159A Sold out at Rapido 16659A Sold out at Rapido
You can pre-order your RDCs from your hobby retailer or directly from us. Your credit card will only be charged when your models are ready to ship. No deposit is necessary.


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