Re: Speaking of stockcars…sharing a trick

Douglas Harding

Here is a standard chart showing how many animals fit into a stockcar.


Doug Harding


From: <> On Behalf Of Philip Dove
Sent: Sunday, April 3, 2022 9:21 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Speaking of stockcars…sharing a trick


I once bought hundreds of pigs to put in my double deck stockcars, and realised that hard plastic pigs don't squeeze together like real flesh and blood creatures. They also added significantly to the weight. I then found lots of pictures taken at ground level of stock cropped the background cut and pasted them till l had an appropriate length herd fixed the on a transparent backing with a mirror image herd the other side and put this in the car. You can see something blocks the view but only with a flashlight and by taking the car off the track can you see they are pigs. I also trap a few wisps of fine straw coloured filament around the lower edge of the door.

I know you got 34 sheep into a British cattle car with an exterior length of 18' over the body. But how many cattle fitted in a North American stockcars of a given length. Does anyone know if they made much noise once they were settled in and travelling?Anyone experimented with a scent diffuser in the cars? 


On Sun, 3 Apr 2022, 01:31 Steve SANDIFER, <steve.sandifer@...> wrote:

I run mine empty. Richard Hendrickson used to put something inside as a view block. I forget exactly what, something like painted packing peanuts, to give an irregular shape if you happened to get them where you could see through the slats. Putting individual figures inside would be extremely expensive. 25 cows would not break you, but 300 sheep would!



J. Stephen Sandifer


From: <> On Behalf Of Charlie Duckworth
Sent: Saturday, April 2, 2022 11:41 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Speaking of stockcars…sharing a trick


Staying (somewhat) on topic; while digging through my box of extra freight car parts (I’ve saved the last 40 years) I came across four sets of Walters steers.  Do you run your stockcars with loads of livestock or empty or a mix?  
Charlie Duckworth 
Omaha, Ne.

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