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Livestock Shipment on the Southern Railway in the 1920s
At one time, the Southern owned and moved a considerable number of stock cars. In addition to cattle, several hundred cars of horses and mules were sent to Pinners Point, VA for export to Spain immediately after WWI. Although there were people promoting the business inside the Southern, costs to handle, feed and deal with animals that died in transit made it a marginally profitable operation. (Fairfax Harrison raised and shipped cattle from his Virginia farm but did not think the revenue potential warranted large investments in facilities around the system.)
In June, 1922, he was asked, and denied, money to add pens at Ashburn, GA. The attached is one of the follow-on documents sent to him.
This is certainly an "unknown" topic that bears research and possible a TIES article? (The next work session at the archives at TVRM is June 18&19. Anyone (vaccinated!) is welcome to visit and help. Contact archives@... for Information or to let us know to expect you.