Lionel pw-2559



This RDC was produced by Lionel in 1957 and 1958. Two of these were included as part of the 2276W set, with a 404 Baggage RDC unit as the "engine" in 1957. The protoypes were some of the more popular trains in the 1950s. They were some of the first air-conditioned trains to enter service on major railroads. They were used heavily on the Baltimore and Ohio, as well as the Canadian National. Amtrak also used them once that entity was created by the Federal Government. The beauty of these units is that they can operate as a single unit or in a lengthy train seamlessly.
  • It has BUDD RDC-9 adhesive nameplates on both sides, featuring the official logo of the BUDD company. The body is painted silver and the blue lettering is heat stamped. It is very difficult to find one of these in top-shelf condition because the silver dinged up so easily. This item also came with die cast trucks and interior illumination.
  • A Mint one sells for $1,000 or more. Some were sold for separate sale, but the Budd items were not popular with consumers of the day. The train was very plain compared to some of the very colorful F3-plus-freight car consists and steam engines available for similar prices.
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