Transporting Hogs On The UP

Bob Chaparro <thecitrusbelt@...>

This post from `Mark" popped-up on the Classic UP group. Does anyone have more insight on this? What was the nature of the paper material? Did any other railroads employ these measures?


Bob Chaparro
Hemet, CA
Hello all,

While digging through some UP documents archived at the Colorado Railway Museum, I came across an interesting 1950s-era memo regarding stock cars. It seems that Swift was noticing that some of their hogs were suffering from / being harmed by severe weather conditions while being transported in stock cars during the coldest winter months. During the winter of 1949/50 they experimented with "papering" (the term used in the memo) stock cars that handled hogs. I would guess that the paper was of "grocery sack" (or greater) thickness, applied to the inside of each car. The memo from January 1951 indicated that Swift and the UP were happy with the experiments and that they would continue to apply the paper, at least during the winter of 1950/51.

Interestingly enough, they applied the paper only to the *north* side of each car, which created some interesting concerns for UP's Operating Dept. personnel. The last line of the memo read:

"There must be no failure to see that these papered cars are used through to destination when bad weather prevails and that the papered side is kept to the northward."

So when "papered cars" were used during cold months, UP was essentially required to reload hogs back into the same cars that they'd arrived in after being unloaded at resting points (at that time, usually Sidney, Cheyenne or Laramie in the case of westbound hogs). That was to be done as opposed to reloading the hogs into different (non-papered) cars such as using CNW cars in / UP cars out, which was often an option. They also had to turn the cars to keep the paper to the north in cases where the paper ended up facing south for any reason (such as during interchange, coming off of a branchline, etc).

Take care,


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