Originally Posted by zoegraf
The stock cars are Westerfield Kits my friend put together for me. Look closely and you can see the cattle inside.
The white is lime for sanitation. I was told that one would be wise to stay clear of the stock car in order not to get sprayed.
The bottom portion of Canadian Pacific stock cars was indeed painted white. Since they got sprayed with lime disinfectant, having the bottom painted white helped make it look a bit cleaner with a distinct colour separation instead of just the white spray. The white paint helps hide the lime spray.
Most of the Canadian National shots I have (from a collection of 1970s era slides) the whole car is painted brown. Granted, this is at the very tail end of service for stock cars in Canada; go back farther and CN cars probably had white paint as well. CP cars had the bottom 3/4 of the car painted white all the way to the end. CP didn't really paint their stock cars a solid colour. There might have been some, but they would have been oddballs. (I found a photo in a book of an experiment boxcar converted to a stock car by the simple expedient of replacing just the door (poor cows), and even that had the door painted white. Obviously that one didn't fly due to the lack of airflow in the car.)