Unfortunately I don't live where I get to see a large number of trains, but I can't remember seeing any cattle cars in the ones I do get to see. Are they there and I just never see them or are they from bygone days? In my excursions on eBay I ended up as the owner of a number of said cattle cars. As the era of the layout I am planning will be set in the late 1970's to the early 90's of the Pacific Northwest. I'm not sure if they would be appropriate in that area and time frame. So when did hauling cattle via rail end, or did it? If the practice does still continue is it limited to certain areas of the country? So my question is, should I include them as a stable (that would be a pun if they carried horses :mrgreen: ) part of my motley fleet, or do they go back into the eBay hopper to be recycled on another layout?