Production: 1956 - 1958
The Rail Diesel Car (RDC) is based upon the real-life Budd companies RDC's made for commuter service in the US during the 1950s. All Lionel RDC's have the Baltimore & Ohio roadname and are an excellent model of the real-life diesel.
Lionel's model is commonly referred to as the Budd Car. During the postwar era, Lionel produced four Budd cars -- two motorized and two non-powered units. Both of the non-powered units are much harder to locate compared to the powered versions.
Standard features of the 400 RDC include: silver painted body with blue lettering, operating couplers at each end, two-axle magnetraction, three-position E-unit, functional horn, interior illumination via three interior lights plus window silhouttes and an ornamental horn on each end.
During the postwar era, Lionel produced four RDC's. Each car had its own RDC numberboard on the side. The following is a list of the Lionel catalogue number and RDC number associated to the item:
- 400, powered unit: RDC-1
- 404, powered unit: RDC-4
- 2550, non-powered unit: RDC-4
- 2559, non-powered unit: RDC-9
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
Only Known Variation - Shown in first photo above - All 400 RDC's are painted silver with blue lettering.