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#1 harryknaub

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Posted 21 February 2016 - 05:11 PM

I wanted to post this earlier but kept forgetting. South Carolina PBS has a show on at 7 pm about restoring a railroad car the was used to transport fish. I thought that it might be interesting. Other states residents should check their local listings as they say.


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#2 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 21 February 2016 - 06:02 PM

Do you know the name of the actual program?  Sounds interesting.


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#3 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 21 February 2016 - 07:09 PM

Interesting. When they decided to ruin the Smokies with rainbow and brown trout, they came up with some fairly interesting horse drawn sleds with oak barrels to get the non native trout into remote areas. I would like some info about the program you are talking about as well Harry.


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#4 Isaac Szabo

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Posted 21 February 2016 - 07:59 PM

http://www.ultimater...s.com/badger-2/

 

Here's a trailer. I don't think the full episode is available to watch online



#5 harryknaub

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Posted 21 February 2016 - 09:03 PM

Yes, Issac is correct. That was the show. It was on South Carolina PBS but not on North Carolina PBS. At least, not this evening. The show was actually heavy on the rail car and not so much on the fish. Still, it was interesting to see the money that was put into transporting fish around the country.


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#6 harryknaub

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Posted 21 February 2016 - 09:07 PM

The program explained the transplantation of all these fish as a government program to feed an expanding nation in the early 20th century. You'd think there would be a more cost effective way to do that, but what do I know.
 


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#7 FirstChAoS

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 01:26 AM

I remember reading bass were shipped into New England by railway car then dumped into the water, sometimes from bridges as the train moved.

 

I also heard a story (not sure how true it is) of a railway car heading west carrying fish and going off a bridge, the train accident becoming a massive introduction of exotic native species.



#8 mattknepley

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 07:00 AM

Dang, missed that. Will have to try and catch a rerun.
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#9 Casper

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 07:07 PM

TVA Fish Biologist Ed Scott told me that trains and stopping on bridges is how Carp were spread across North America.

Wooden Barrels full of European Carp.  Crossing the Atlantic ocean in some kind of containers too.  Long time to keep a fish alive.


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#10 trygon

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 08:58 PM

And the Shedd Aquarium used to have high tech, for its time, train cars to transport fishes to Chicago.
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#11 harryknaub

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Posted 23 February 2016 - 08:12 AM

And the Shedd Aquarium used to have high tech, for its time, train cars to transport fishes to Chicago.

I had heard of this rail car before and I was hoping that it may be the one featured on this show, but alas no such luck.


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#12 swampfish

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 05:22 PM

The Monticello Railway Museum, Monticello, IL (www.mrym.org) owns one of the Shedd Aquarium cars. My understanding is that there were two of them. I toured the Shedd car at the museum a few years ago. They are looking for donations for its restoration.

 

There are 2-3 rows of seats, with the rest of the car consisting primarily of wooden vats about 4X4X4 feet. I think that the vats were originally lined with sheet metal. The two cars were primarily used to bring fresh seawater to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Specimens were also transported in the vats, but less commonly than water.

 

I could probably get permission to tour it again and get some photos if there is interest.

 

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#13 Casper

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 04:26 PM

It could make an interesting American Currents article.  I just watched the preview Isaac posted... a big tease!


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