Re: 50' Mather stock cars
When we talk about stock cars we usually think of long cuts of them loaded with enough cattle to be called a herd. In my part of the country there were a lot of hog farmers who took their fattened hogs to the local stock yard when ready This resulted in single car pickups with their cars spotted for this or live loading on a local train. This was almost always one car at a time and the hogs moved a relatively short distance. Fifty foot cars would not be a problem for this.
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The question I remember was simple – didn’t the 50 foot cars create a problem with lining them up with the ramps on older stock pens? My answer was yes but did comment that I have some pens built with ramp spacing for 50 foot cars and that information was included on the note the company rep provide the conductor. I didn’t think about it at the time but many pens had platforms trackside. Drovers would put up temporary fences to herd animals onto the ramps.
The article to build these cars was in the January 1998 Model Railroader, written by Jim Teese. It includes one picture of an NKP prototype. He says Mather began joining cars in 1952. He also said he ordered Bulletin #25 from the Burlington Route Historical Society which contained some information on the cars. That Bulletin is still listed on their website.
Jeff Wilson has a picture of CB&Q 50237 on page 17 of his book Livestock & Meatpacking. Jeff notes that most conversions were double deck but a few were shingle deck.