Re: Oregon short line stock cars
Steve and Barb Hile
For what it might be worth, the Rock Island moved to 40 foot stock cars beginning with the purchase of 250 from the Ryan Car Company in 1930 (the new Rocket Express kit in HO.) They followed that by rebuilding 40 foot single sheathed boxcars of the B1 and B2 classes. Westerfield offers multiple versions of these B2 conversions. The RI did not have a very large fleet of stock cars as a percentage of its fleet, like about 8% in 1930 and down to about 3% by 1950. There is ample photo evidence that RI trains often included stock cars from other railroads in our late steam and transition eras.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Douglas Harding
Sent: Saturday, September 07, 2019 8:58 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Oregon short line stock cars
Garth you are correct. Many livestock handling facilities were originally set for 36’ cars. But as they were built of wood, which deteriorates when exposed to corrosive elements like urine, pens and chutes were repaired and even rebuilt, and 40 cars could be accommodated. Every road I cited did have 40’ cars, especially as they moved to all steel cars. The CB&Q also had 50’ Mather stockcars after the time of this list. The UP had 60’ cars. And then there was NP’s 86’ pig palace cars.
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On 9/7/2019 1:43 AM, Douglas Harding wrote: