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Book Review
Livestock and Meatpacking
Livestock and Meatpacking
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by: Brent Arritt [ NORTH4003 ]

The Book
Kalmbach 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:
    Industry History
    Stock Cars
    Meat Refrigerator Cars
    Cattle Pens and Stockyards
    Packing Plants and Branch Houses
    Livestock Operations
    Meat Traffic

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.

Conclusion
Livestock 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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SUMMARY
Highs: The content is chockablock full of useful information. The photographs, especially the aerial views of meatpacking plants are very helpful to discern how these industries are laid out.
Lows: The cost of this softcover book is about $4 more than I would expect to pay.
Verdict: Livestock 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.
Percentage Rating
96%
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: 9780890248676
  Suggested Retail: $19.95
  PUBLISHED: Feb 03, 2015
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 94.83%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 93.31%

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About Brent Arritt (North4003)
FROM: KENTUCKY, UNITED STATES

I've been a modeler since the mid 1960's and prefer faster builds. My model collection reflects my interests; mostly older kits like the Monogram and Airfix range from the 1950's through the 1990's. My favorite subjects are submarines and space vehicles followed closely by aircraft and armor. The fi...

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