Re: Design of Combination 40-Ton Stock and Coal Car
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Charlie is right, and this depends on the railroad and its area served. The Santa Fe switched to 40’ stock cars around 1900. Other railroads ran 36’ cars into the 1950s. It also appears that railroads which handled primarily cattle used a lot of 40’ while those that shipped a lot of hogs used more 36’. Most country stock pens only had one chute, so the 36’ or 40’ spacing did not matter. It was the larger union stock yards where chute spacing was of greater concern.
J. Stephen Sandifer
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Charlie Vlk
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2019 10:29 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Design of Combination 40-Ton Stock and Coal Car
Claus and all
The length decision was likely because stock chutes were largely set up for 36 foot cars. The same thing was in play for meat reefers IIRC.
On Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 9:54 AM -0600, "Claus Schlund \(HGM\)" <claus@...> wrote: