Rebuilding RDCs for a new generation

See how Industrial Rail Services is rebuilding 1950s railcars into 21st century DMUs
RELATED TOPICS: PASSENGER
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Sign over car shop. Employee notifications are posted in English and French.
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This unusual RDC4 originally built for Canadian Pacific will be refurbished for VIA’s Sudbury-White River, Ont., train.
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A welder works on an RDC.
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The new RDC engineer’s cab includes a computer display to monitor train performance.
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This rebuilt RDC has a new accessible restroom and a storage area for baggage.
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Industrial Rail Services-owned RDCs rest outside the shop awaiting rebuilding.
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This RDC2 has space for baggage and coach seating.
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In the February 2011 issue, Bob Johnston takes you inside Industrial Rail Services Inc., one of the premier rebuilders of passenger cars in North America.
 
This Moncton, N.B.-based company is rebuilding the cars that comprise the workhorses of VIA Rail Canada’s passenger fleet.
 
Some of its current projects include: rebuilding six 1950s-era Rail Diesel Cars for VIA’s remote services in Ontario and British Columbia, retrofitting 59 of VIA’s Renaissance cars for improved handicap accessibility, and rebuilding VIA’s 98 LRC cars to extend the fleet’s life 20 years.
 
Learn more about this Canadian rebuilder is the February 2011 issue of Trains. And for more images of the work Industrial Rail Services was performing on the Rail Diesel Cars in June 2010, check out these photos.
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