For Santa Fe, all new cars built afte 1906 (SK-H) were 40' cars. In
1950 they had 5804 40' single deck cars, 1656 40' convertible double deck cars,
and only 1 36' car which it inherited from the KCM&O. Convertible cars were
made so the upper level could be raised or lowered as needed for various livestock.
Some roads, including the UP, had a stationary second floor, but with uneven spacing
so that the lower floor could accommodate both cows and smaller stock. Livestock
could be segregated from each other through the use of partitions or double decking.
Bulls at times were tied to side slats.
Most modelers weather their cars based on color photos taken from the 1960s when stock movements had greatly declined and the cars were nearing the end of their lives. The fewer color photos form the 40s and 50s show the cars much better maintained.
Santa Fe Live List
Live List by Percentage of Fleet
preserved stock cars.