Cleaning out stock cars

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Cleaning out stock cars

Post by NKP1155 » Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:18 pm

The E-L stayed late into the movement of livestock. Can any of you advise what happened to the stock car once it was empty? Did the RR or consignee clean it out? Where was the work done? Was there fumigation or other steps taken to prevent spread disease to the next car load?

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Re: Cleaning out stock cars

Post by charlie6017 » Sat Jun 11, 2016 12:46 pm

I know this doesn't directly answer your question in regards to Erie & EL (I don't think DLW handled any stock, but I could be
wrong), but the answer by Mr. BR&P to the same question in the NYC forum probably holds true. I would hate to have been riding
in the hack with a string of cattle in the train's consist! :P

In the Erie/DL&W Color Guide to Passenger & Freight Equipment (Larry DeYoung, Mike DelVecchio, Morning Sun), on page 34 author DeYoung
notes Erie/EL shipped cattle to Chester, NY. I would presume there was a meatpacking plant there.


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Re: Cleaning out stock cars

Post by Marty Feldner » Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:11 pm

Not exactly a meat-packing plant- it was an abattoir. Chester Rendering Works- a slaughterhouse. No longer there (the site is now a Lowes), and it was a mile or so from the Erie sidings, so the cattle had to be trucked cross-town.

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