Re: Design of Combination 40-Ton Stock and Coal Car


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: [] 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.

Charlie Vlk

On Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 9:54 AM -0600, "Claus Schlund \(HGM\)" <claus@...> wrote:

Hi Bob and List Members,


Thanks Bob for pointing us all to this interesting link.


The drawings show what looks like a 36 ft inside length car - I'm surprised that this short length of car was still in fashion at this 'late' date of 1923! Forty foot cars had been the norm for quite some time by then.


Claus Schlund




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Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:03 PM

Subject: [RealSTMFC] Design of Combination 40-Ton Stock and Coal Car


An article from the August 4, 1923, issue of Railway Review:

Includes text, drawings and specifications.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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