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    Quote Originally Posted by Riderfan View Post
    it really was no different than hauling grain in a boxcar.
    Thanks for the additional info. All these years I thought the grain had been transported in sacks !!! Question remains; Why didn't the smaller lumps of coal fall out through the slats in the stock car sides. I read that many of these stock cars were created by removing every second board from a standard boxcar. Something about this on @Spookshow's site. I don't know how to post a link ???

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    Oh, and no bison were harmed while rebuilding these boxcars
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcook View Post
    Thanks for the additional info. All these years I thought the grain had been transported in sacks !!! Question remains; Why didn't the smaller lumps of coal fall out through the slats in the stock car sides. I read that many of these stock cars were created by removing every second board from a standard boxcar. Something about this on @Spookshow's site. I don't know how to post a link ???
    Sacks of grain? Talk about labor intensive lol. That said, my dad had summer job in the '60s loading boxcars with sacks of flour, that was hard work I'm told. And he played football (the Canadian version) in high school. Offensive guard, one of the bigger guys on the field.

    I'm no expert on how coal tipples worked but I believe the coal was separated by size somehow and stored in different bins in the tipple. Which kinda makes sense, small stuff for home heating, big stuff power plants & such. I just assumed it was the larger bits that would've been shipped in stock cars.

    As for how stock cars were built, or rebuilt from boxcars, I have no idea but I'm sure @Spookshow has it right that many were done that way. I'd guess there were standards on how far apart the boards or openings had to or could be, but I'm just speculating.

    As an aside, I'm pretty sure I have photo somewhere of a stock car being loaded with coal, but it would be in a book and probably copywrited so I couldn't post it here even if I found it.

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    The National Film Board of Canada has some short films on Grain handling in Canada - you
    https://www.nfb.ca/film/grain_elevator/
    https://www.nfb.ca/film/grain_handling_in_canada/

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    There is also information at this website on rolling stock in Canada
    http://www.nakina.net/index.html
    and Outside braced Fowler boxcars
    https://albertarailwaymuseum.com/dev...de-braced-box/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riderfan View Post
    As for how stock cars were built, or rebuilt from boxcars, I have no idea but I'm sure @Spookshow has it right that many were done that way. I'd guess there were standards on how far apart the boards or openings had to or could be, but I'm just speculating.
    That information probably came from the following website https://albertarailwaymuseum.com/dev...de-braced-box/

    "Beginning in 1919 Canadian Pacific began to convert some of thc steel frame box cars to stock car service. This simply involved the removal of alternate boards on each side and the fitting of specialty constructed stock car service side doors. In the early 1930s some of the steel frame box cars and stock cars were fitted with more modern trucks and AB hand brakes. Many however remained in service with their arch bar trucks and K type hand brakes well into the 1950s. By that time such cars would be restricted to domestic service only, assigned to the service car roster, sold to other railways or scrapped."

    See also:
    http://www.nakina.net/index.html

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