While browsing through the Canada Science and Technology Museum CN Images of Canada library I came across this reference to a poultry car. It’s titled:
Shipment of poultry, Prince Edward Island
[S.l.], Prince Edward Island, Canada 1929
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The photograph does not indicate a location but in the background are some large oil storage tanks which puts the photo either in Borden or Charlottetown. The platform and lights, to me, makes me think this was photographed in Borden – any ideas?
The car is really strange and I’ve never seen anything like it before. I looks like it started life as a outside-braced (single-sheathed) boxcar with all of it’s sheathing removed and replaced with a huge stack of screen wire…okay chicken wire. I can’t remember where I remember reading about a purpose-built car for carrying geese and sheep that was built in Charlottetown for the railway. Looking at the photograph it looks like it would be very difficult to model this car with all that delicate construction. I presume that there weren’t a lot of these cars on the fleet and imagine that it would have just been loaded at a team track in one town and then sent to another?
By the way, there are two really sharp CN wooden reefers in the background of this shot.