Re: Photo: Unloading Fruit From A Livestock Car

Doug Paasch

Nice photos Bob.  Thanks for a great tidbit of info regarding an alternate use of stock cars.  Regarding shipping empty cans in stock cars, its seems unlikely but I’d never say never.  As you can see in the third photo where men are unloading cans from a box car, there is a heavy canvas (or something) liner in the box car to keep the cans clean.  I would think a stock car would be very difficult to keep clean from dust, if nothing else, even with a canvas liner (although I know they used stock cars for shipping grain in a pinch by lining them with plastic sheeting; however, grain is expected to contain a certain amount of dirt content).  My dad worked for Continental Can Company and told me that any contamination, like dirt or dust, was sufficient grounds for the consignee to reject the cans, so the can plant was VERY careful about keeping cans clean in shipment.  That’s why I doubt that stock cars were ever used, just because of the wind factor and the difficulty in keeping dirt/dust from blowing into the car.  But if anyone comes across a picture of a stock car, lined sufficiently to carry cans, I’d sure like to see it.


Doug Paasch


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Subject: [RealSTMFC] Photo: Unloading Fruit From A Livestock Car


Photo: Unloading Fruit From A Livestock Car

Circa 1920 photo of another use for a livestock car:

Caption: "Workers from Richmond-Chase canning company unloading crates of fruit from railroad cars."

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The car belongs to Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio Railway, which I believe was a Southern Pacific subsidiary in Texas and Louisiana.

The car tag is almost readable and maybe reads "This car was ____ ____ and disinfected".

The Richmond-Chase Company became one of the primary fruit canning giants in Santa Clara County, CA. The company maintained four major packing and canning plants in San Jose, and had other agricultural operations in central California, as well as owning several orchards.

Plant, circa 1920:

Shows several boxcars (at least one SP) apparently loaded with empty cans.

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I can't determine if the SP livestock car has a load of cans.

Shipping ready-to-fill cans was not uncommon at one time:

Bob Chaparro


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