April 10, 2017 – TRA Newswire / VermontBiz.com –
The cars will cost AllEarth $3,606,000, or about $300,000 per car. The transaction also includes parts and other related inventory valued at $400,000, bringing the total purchase price to just over $4 million.
The cars, he said, “are in great shape. They’re like brand new.”
According to DART, however, the agency decided to dispose of the cars because of the expense of finding parts for, and otherwise maintaining, the vintage equipment, which was built in the 1950s by the now-defunct Budd Company of Philadelphia.
The Budd cars served commuters in the greater Dallas area from 1996 to 2012 and were also used at the start of passenger rail service in Denton County on the “A” Line. Prior to that, they were used by VIA, the Canadian intercity passenger rail provider – which, ironically, bid to buy the cars back from DART, but lost out in the bidding to AllEarth.
While most transit and intercity passenger rail providers have shunned the use of vintage cars, the Budd RDCs, among railroaders, enjoy an excellent reputation as well-built equipment.
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