Unfortunately I have not had time to write up all the history associated with these photos.  Even more important is the credit that should be given to those who "Made This All Happen".   I hope to get to this soon, so check back often.  In the mean time, enjoy the pictures.

Click here for a brief listing of project milestones while at the Danbury Railway Museum.


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Early Shots of the Budd Car at the DRM.  



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Diaphragms Being Removed



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Then some work needed to be done...  ...And Nancy showed up!



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  The First New Windows is Installed   (Late August, 1996)



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    Bruce Lays in the New Tile Floor       (May 2001)   



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      Original Type Seats Being Installed      (August 2001)



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And Bruce and Joe Came to the Rescue!  And what you see below would not have happened without the combined efforts all three of them.



The "Budd Car's Trial Run" (November 2000)


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An Afternoon Ride in the Budd Car   (26-January-2002)


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The Rebuilding of Engine No. 2

On August 10, 2002, a dedicated crew headed by Nancy Sniffen began the task of replacing the Number 2 engine.  Bruce Van Wyk, Skip Kern, Randy Natale and John Andrews each dedicated 8 hours per day, on Saturday and Sunday, for 4 weekends!  Also helping were Dan Carleton, John Geigle, Bob Andrews and Dave Roberts.  

The Budd Company Built an engine dolly that allows a complete power unit (engine and transmission) to be rolled in or out from under the RDC.

On September 1st, 2002, the replacement engine installation, with a rebuilt head, was complete and the engine was started for the first time in 12 years.  

Once again, the RDC-32 is running with two engines.  


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The existing (sick) engine is pulled out.
Skip Kern, Dave Roberts, John Geigle, Bruce Van Wyk, Ira Pollock



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Full Power Unit, 4200 Lbs.
Inspection By: Bruce Van Wyk and Skip Kern



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Positioning the power unit back on the ground.
Bruce Van Wyk and Skip Kern
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The 6-110 engine block clean with all new seals and gaskets.
Final Inspection of the head by Bruce Van Wyk and John Andrews.


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Bruce Van Wyc Reinstalling the head on the block.
The head alone weighs 300 Lbs.



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Final valve adjustments
Bruce Van Wyk and John Andrews.



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The 6-110 power unit back together, is brought over to the RDC-32 and positioned on the engine dolly.
Bruce Van Wyk and John Andrews.



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A few grunts later and the power unit is back under the RDC, ready to be hooked up.
Bruce Van Wyk, John Andrews and Randy Natale.



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The Clean Up.   The dolly is put away.
Skip Kern, Bruce Van Wyk and Randy Natale.



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The RDC-32 Trial Run

Once Again with 2 Engines.























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