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Track inspection near Shannock, R.I., 1978.

Black and white photograph from 1978 showing Amtrak officials inspecting new concrete ties.

Track inspection near Shannock, R.I., 1978.

Amtrak officials inspect some of the first concrete ties installed by the new Track Laying Machine at Shannock, R.I. as part of the Northeast Corridor Improvement Project. Sue Martin of the Amtrak Public Affairs department stands in the center.

The track inspectors emerged from the Budd Rail Diesel Car (RDC) in the background. The RDC is a self-propelled diesel-hydraulic multiple unit rail car. In the period 1949–62, 398 RDCs were built by the Budd Company of Philadelphia, Pa. The cars were primarily adopted for passenger service in rural areas with low traffic density or in short-haul commuter service, and were less expensive to operate in this context than a traditional locomotive-drawn train.

Shannock is located between the stations at Westerly and Kingston.

Photo courtesy of Suzi Andiman.