Bull Boards, was Photo: UP/OSL Livestock Car 37197 (1943)

Guy Wilber

Douglas Harding wrote:

Many double deck stockcars had single doors on each side. These cars would have a “bull board” which was a 2x6 that was placed in brackets creating a barrier in the door opening. The bull board prevent animals from escaping while the door was being opened or closed.”

While they may have been utilized during loading and unloading (as you state), the primary function of the Bull Board was to prevent larger livestock from pushing the side doors open and falling from the car.  

Guy Wilber
Reno, Nevada

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