Saving VIA 6133

6133 Blog: 20 January 2016

6133 Blog: 20 January 2016


On 8 January 2016, Rapido’s Jason Shron found out that a large proportion of Canada’s surviving RDC (Rail Diesel Car) fleet was going to be scrapped in a matter of days. We set out to try and save one before it was too late.

On Thursday 14 January, Jason and Chris Fox flew to Moncton for the day. Chris Fox is a locomotive mechanic and restorer. He resurrected the TRHA’s LRC locomotive in 2014. The RDCs had previously been owned by Industrial Rail Services (IRSI), a railcar rebuilding firm that shut down a few years ago.

IRSI’s facilities have been sold and the new owners want the site cleared. By the time Chris and Jason arrived, the scrapping had begun. It broke our hearts.

After days of tense negotiations, Rapido Trains Inc. purchased and saved former VIA Rail Canada RDC #6133. This RDC was former Canadian Pacific/Dominion Atlantic RDC #9058, and spent most of its working life in the Maritimes, in Quebec and Ontario, and on Vancouver Island. Thanks to current and former CN employees Luc Doiron and Wendell Lemon for helping us inspect and choose 6133.

A new look for 6133. Photo: Chris Fox

We did not budget for this RDC purchase, and we are gratefully accepting contributions to the cost of moving 6133 to the Toronto area and restoring her to operation. We estimate the move cost at $25,000 and the initial restoration at $20,000.

We are not a charitable organization, and we can’t offer a tax receipt for contributions. Whatever we do not raise through contributions, we will pay out of pocket. There is no business case for saving 6133. It just had to be done.

Please click on the DONATE button below to contribute. Every little bit helps.

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