Yep John, the car you show in the picture is what I'm looking for.
Is there a reason you left the railings yellow, instead of painting them to look like dried out, distressed wood?
The yellow was one of the two colors that Lionel produced for the stakes and cross pieces. I specifically wanted the yellow ones because I think they look great as a color contrast with the brown flat car. Also matches up well with the yellow General Set rolling stock.
Thanks for the correction. Because the box cattle car was made between 1950 and 1953, I just assumed the upper section was metal.
But, if it is plastic, then all the better. It will be much easier to cut the top off.
I don't mind yellow in general, but I doubt if any open top cattle cars in the old west had the rails painted bright yellow. If you have ever raised cattle or horses (I have), then you would find that they just love to chew on and kick wooden rails. The paint would certainly not have lasted . Add in the cattle horns and dust, and you've got bad looking weather beaten rails in a hurry. (My home for 16 years was on 60 acres, 45 miles outside of Memphis. )
Nope. As long as cattle have water, they can take any and all of the brutalized heat that the west can dish out.
They thrived on the open deserts, especially the Longhorns who roamed wild in Mexico and bred by the tens of thousands.
Evolution at work.
They weren't on the trains long. Traveling on the trains from from Dodge City, Kansas, or Sedalia, Missouri, to Chicago by rail was not an overly long trip. And, all major rail stops had cattle pens to unload the cattle, feed and water them.
The problem with open cattle cars would have been that cattle is spooked fairly easily, and if they decide to get out, then nothing can stop them. Thousands of pounds of muscle in one car, pushing against wooden slats.
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