Re: Stock cars : racks

Tom Vanwormer

Some of the early "humane" stock cars had both internal and external racks to store the food that was to be consumed during the travel by the stock.  They also had water troughs and tanks to keep the critters watered.  Not a big success since eventually the livestock was stopped after the 28 or 36 hours and fed and watered in the on-line stock pens. 

Tom VanWormer
Monument CO

Ray Breyer rtbsvrr69@... [STMFC] wrote:

I just went through the first 100 pages of the June 1890 ORER and didn't see the word "rack" associated with stock cars once. I did see "Palace", "SD" and "DD".
Ray Breyer
Elgin, IL

From: "'Steve Sandifer' steve.sandifer@... [STMFC]"
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Saturday, August 19, 2017 3:28 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Stock cars : racks

The ORER refers to stock cars (1890s) as “racks,” not double deck, or single deck, or Palace, but racks.  Can anyone tell me what that means?
J. Stephen Sandifer

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