Re: stock car capacity


Gary Patrik
 

Thank you Guy Wilber. I should have known that the numbers of livestock would vary by the weights of the animals. Very enlightening.

I recently read a fascinating book, Slaughterhouse: Chicago's Union Stock Yards and the World It Made, by Dominic Pacyga. In the 1920's, Union Stock Yards was unloading and selling on average around 50,000 head of livestock a day, a large percentage of which were reloaded into their cars and then shipped to packing houses mainly in the East. Since I like modeling stock cars, I was wondering how many cars would be traversing my Fort Wayne Division a day, I would guess in stock/produce hotshots. So your capacity numbers give me some understanding of how many cars might be moving East. Thank you.


On Sun, Jul 31, 2022 at 1:20 PM Guy Wilber via groups.io <guycwilber=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Gary Patrik wrote:

Can anyone tell me steam era approximate average standard 40' stock
car loadings (animals per car)  for: single deck - cattle; double deck - sheep or hogs?

From the archives:

The following covers both 36' and 40' cars. The runs represent; the number
of head/ average weight of animals.

CATTLE:

36' CAR; 60/300, 50/400, 42/500, 36/600, 33/700, 30/800, 27/900, 25/1000,
23/100, 22/1200, 21/1300, 19/1400

40' CAR; 67/300, 56/400, 46/500, 40/600, 37/700, 33/800, 30/900, 27/1000,
25/1100, 23/1200, 22/1300, 21/1400

HOGS:

36' CAR; 130/100, 115/125, 100/150, 89/175, 79/200, 73/225, 68/250, 62/275,
60/300, 57/325, 54/350, 48/400

40' CAR; 145/100, 127/125, 110/150, 98/175, 88/200, 81/225, 76/250, 69/275,
66/300, 64/325, 60/350, 54/400

(For DD cars; the number loaded on upper deck should be 8 to 10 head less
than number loaded on lower deck)

SHEEP:

SD 36' CAR; 150/50, 125/75, 105/100, 95/125, 85/150, 75/180
DD 36' CAR; 300/50, 250/75, 210/100, 190/125, 170/150, 150/180

SD 40' CAR; 165/50, 138/75, 116/100, 105/125, 94/150, 82/180
DD 40' CAR; 330/50, 276/75. 236/100, 210/125, 188/150, 164/180

(For DD cars; the number loaded on upper deck should be 8 to 10 head less
than number loaded on lower deck)

Guy Wilber
Reno, Nevada 



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Best regards,
Gary Patrik

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