Re: Poultry Car

Douglas Harding

Here is what I have for Poultry car names, as taken from photos. Not all photos have readable text, and not all cars had names.

Poultry Car Names


LPTC      121         San Francisco

LPTC      257         Hamburg

LPTC      426         Columbus

LPTC      467

LPTC      475         Crow

LPTC      500         Magpie

LPTC      507         Chanticleer

LPTC      518         Parks

LPTC      666         Mudd

LPTC      677         Springfield

LPTC      682         Leghorns

LPTC      683         Goyert & Vogel

LPTC      691         Harrison

LPTC      732         Plover

LPTC      779         sign over name Barred Rocks

LPTC      883         no name

LPTC      922         Polly

LPTC      1023       Geeser

LPTC      1176       ?

LPTC      1181       Woodrow

LPTC      1241       Harris

LPTC      1260       Blue Bird

LPTC      1445       Prospect

LPTC      1509       Hollis

LPTC      1550       Traveler

LPTC      1566       Long

LPTC      1591       no name

LPTC      1845       Palmer

LPTC      2229       Kernan

LPTC      2501       Livesay

LPTC      4001       Sample

LPTC      4002       Speedy

LPTC      ?238       Legion

LPTC                      Tango

LPTC                      Clay

LPTC                      EGG



PPKX     683         Berkner Bros

PPKX     2184       Governor

PPKX     5065       Meierfeld

PPKX     5131       Stentz

PPKX     5195       Parks

PPKX     5299       Lloyd

PPKX     5366

PPKX     5500       Keller

PPKX     5559       Ramsey

PPKX     5568                       car at St Louis

PPKX     6834       Cluck



NHX       6000       BARR


PWPX    100                         Pacific Wholesale Poultry

PWPX    200                         Pacific Wholesale Poultry


PTCX created by North American in 1944

PTCX      329         Tull

PTCX      333         Stanislau

PTCX      366         Jaques

PTCX      395         name not readable

PTCX      401         no name


?              203                         Trye and Co


Doug  Harding


From: [] On Behalf Of Douglas Harding
Sent: Monday, June 24, 2019 8:38 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Poultry Car


No this is not a one of a kind car. Some of the following comments come from Kristen Drummler’s presentation last fall at Chicagoland.


There were 2800 poultry cars in the late 20s. Combination cars were created in 1928 according to a US patent issued to Johnson. They were an attempt to compete with the ever-increasing truck traffic. The live poultry end could carry 2,500 birds, while the refrigerator end offered up to 730 cubic feet of space for dressed poultry, eggs, butter, and other perishable goods.


The 1939 ORER shows the North American Car had the following poultry cars. These were Live Poultry Transit Cars and Palace Poultry Cars which had been acquired by North American Car in 1926 for Palace Poultry Car and 1930 for Live Poultry Transit.


LPTX 399-3599 Poultry

LPTX 4001-4016 Combination Live Poultry Refrigerator

LPTX 4050-4078 Combination Live Poultry Refrigerator

LPTX 4117-4131 Combination Live Poultry Refrigerator

PPKX 3000-3999 Poultry

PPKX 5003-5609 Poultry


Sample would be the name of the car. Kristen states cars were given individual names. Some were named for places, some for fowl, and others named for individuals who had made an impact on the company.


Doug  Harding


From: [] On Behalf Of Edward
Sent: Monday, June 24, 2019 7:43 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Poultry Car


I see the car is also stenciled "SAMPLE" above the door.
Could it be a one-off experimental unit, to test the idea of shipping eggs along with live poultry?
It may have stemmed from a myriad of small, rural farms producing both in some areas.
Ed Bommer

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