Re: Transporting Sheep In Open Top Cars

Paul Hillman

I'm curious as to how they were unloaded, or even loaded in the first place.

Was each one "hand-lowered" into the car, then the opposite at the destination?

Paul Hillman

----- Original Message -----
From: Andy Laurent<mailto:andy.laurent@...>
To: STMFC@...<mailto:STMFC@...>
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2007 6:31 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Transporting Sheep In Open Top Cars

--- In STMFC@...<mailto:STMFC@...>, Anthony Thompson <thompson@...> wrote:
> Bob Chaparro wrote:
> > Below is an image link from the files of the California State
> > Museum. This image is described as "Sheep en route to slaughter
> > the Southern Pacific Railroad. The cars appear to be sugar beet
> > used as stock cars."
> >
> ><>
> >
> > Are these sugar beet cars from the early 1900s or some other type
> > car?
> It's hard to tell what they are, and certainly they MIGHT be
> racks. But most of the SP beet racks had an "A" frame inside so the
> beets would slide out the side doors. Those sheep are either very
> at standing on a slope, or there is no A frame.
Were the cars convertible gons, or did they have a permanent A-frame
floor? Either way, it gives a pretty clear picture of how tightly
animals were crowded into a freight car. I would imagine that hogs
and cattle were similarly loaded.

Andy Laurent

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