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Experimental New Haven Passenger Train (editor's title)

New Haven's Roger Williams RDC train
During the short presidential tenure of Patrick McGinnis (4/1954-1/1956), the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad tried a variety of experimental passenger trains to help its flagging passenger business. The train pictured here was Roger Williams (named for the founder of Rhode Island), a six-unit rail diesel car (RDC) set built by the Budd Company in 1956. The train consisted of two end units with single-end cab controls and four intermediate units. The cars were also fitted with third-rail electric pickup shoes for operation in and out of Grand Central Terminal in New York City. Only a partial success, the train was later broken up and used with regular RDCs on the New Haven, and later Amtrak. Both cab cars and one of the intermediate units are preserved at the Danbury Railway Museum in Connecticut. For another view, see record 1167.
Source Lake Forest College Special Collections
Coverage Temporal, 1956
Rights Lake Forest College
Date Created 1956
Resource Type
Extent Not available
Depicted Railroad
Equipment: Cars six-unit RDC train with cab cars #140-141
Builder, Cars Budd Company
Collection Arthur Dubin Collection
Train Name Roger Williams
Image ID Dubin.I.21.10
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