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4883: Cattle Cars

Prototype Information

This 40-foot steel stock car has wooden slats on the sides to protect the livestock from injury from steel at extreme temperatures. There were many design variations with respect to the bracing pattern, the size and placement of the lettering panels, and so forth, so Roco's model likely follows the design of Union Pacific's stock car from the 1940s.

Model Information

  • 4883/220 Santa Fe
  • 4883/290 Missouri Pacific
  • 4883/320 Missouri Kansas Texas (two colors)
  • 4883/350 Rio Grande


Cardboard box labels:

NOTE: There is a conflict in the road codes. 350 is unambiguously Rio Grande, since it appears on the insert below, as well as the 1967 catalog and service manual. However, I have a box marked 4881/350 that contains a Norfolk & Western flat car. It's possible that the car was replaced, but it's wrapped in tissue paper that's in excellent condition, suggesting it was rarely opened. Also, I can find no evidence that a Rio Grande flat car was ever released. Therefore, one of the two codes is wrong.

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