|THE BUDD CAR'S TRAVELS
On February 4, the Budd Car was entertaining the crowd at the Great Scale
Train Show in Timonium, Maryland. In this picture, the Budd Car is speeding
toward the kids with its rear lights a-glowing.
A few months later, on a warm June 16, a major electrical failure occured at Jay and Sandy's Open House in Federalsburg, Maryland,
and no trains were running...until I got the Budd out! It ran for a good half hour or so, but we had to leave to make other visits on the
Later that day at Paul and Ann Bottino's, we sat around a campfire, and in this
photo the silver sides of the car are reflecting the warm glow of the fire.
On August 12 we were at the Mason Dixon Club's picnic at Leakin Park in Baltimore, home of the
Chesa-peake and Allegheny Live Steamers. We did some experimenting and came up with this
shot, trying to make the Budd car look like the same scale as the 1/8 scale Western Maryland engine
in the background.
On a very hot and humid day on August 4, we visited the West Berlin Garden
Railroad, in West Berlin, New Jersey. To the right of the Budd Car is a
re-creation of the Beatles' Abbey Road album cover.
It was a cool and breezy day when we visited the Beacon Hill Railroad in
Downing-town, Pennsylvania on September 15. The car is inside a large
scratchbuilt covered bridge that Mike can remove from the layout for use on a
On April 15, at another Great Scale Show, the car's rear truck picked a
switch and tried to run on the other track. This might have worked except the
tracks were too far apart.
Here it looks like the Budd Car is on fire. But it's just the way the car is
posed in front of the campfire.
On a beautiful day on September 23, the Reading Budd Car mates with a
B&O "Speedliner" at Joe Sova's Jersey Southern RR in Bel Air, Maryland.
Later that day, the Budd Car squeals around a tight curve at the highball signal
on Brad Moore's layout in Millsboro, Delaware, about 120 miles from Bel Air!