Thursday 30 September 2021

Throwback Thursday - Oh Say Can You RDC?

Amtrak 219 is leading Via train number 181 away from the London, Ontario station on December 11, 1988.  Lots of Via RDC cars were in attendance on that day.

By Peter Mumby.

The final run of the Via/Amtrak "International,"  which operated between Toronto and Chicago, took place on April 23, 2004.  In the early years of this service, Via and Amtrak equipment was used on an alternating basis.  This was followed by a period when mixtures became standard, but finally straight Amtrak equipment became the norm.  There certainly were lots of occasions when these Amtrak train sets rubbed elbows with a variety  of equipment, Via and otherwise, that would not have been encountered south of the border.  Prior to 1990, this would have included lots of F units and RDC cars.  At the time when today's photo was taken, we can see that the station tracks at the London depot were well populated with the RDC cars which were destined to disappear in little more than a year's time. 


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