The BookKalmbach Publishing Company
has released Livestock and Meatpacking
as part of their Model Railroader Guide to Industries Series by Jeff Wilson. Mr Wilson provides the reader a very thorough education of the North American livestock and Meatpacking industry from the mid 1800ís through the 1960sí.
The seven chapters cover:
Meat Refrigerator Cars
Cattle Pens and Stockyards
Packing Plants and Branch Houses
The book is generously filled with both black and white and color photographs. Graphs with data are also used to relate the narrative to the point made by the author. One of the graphs that grabbed my attention was on page 53. The major US stockyards in the 1930sí through the 1940s' included Chicago and Kansas City as number one and two. However, I was surprised to learn that Louisville, Kentucky, was number seven during that time frame. I live 103 miles south of Louisville so the regional connection was a delight for me to discover.
ConclusionLivestock and Meatpacking
is a valuable tool for the modeler to have at your side to develop an accurate model of the meatpacking industry on your model railroad. The photographs, especially the aerial views of meatpacking plants are very helpful to discern how these industries are laid out. The historian who is curious about this industry will likewise be rewarded with the in depth study Mr. Wilson provides.
The cost of this softcover book is about $4 more than I would expect to pay. However, the content is chockablock full of useful information, so it is worth every penny.
I would highly recommend this book.
Key Features: Comprehensive Study of the North American Meatpacking Industry and railroads.
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