Hong Kong – Pig train memories

SOME OF THE LAST LIVESTOCK MOVEMENTS IN THE EASTERN U.S….I’M TOLD..WERE OF PIGS (THROUGH THE EARLY 1970’s)

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Browsing around the internet I found a picture that brought back not entirely pleasant memories.  It’s 1984, and you are standing on the subterranean platform at Mong Kok, first station up the line from the Hung Hom, Kowloon, terminus of the Kowloon-Canton Railway.  There’s a rumbling noise very different from the usual electric multiple unit as something else approaches.  Your two-year old daughter covers holds her nose.

Yes, it’s the PIG TRAIN

This picture by David Barth brought back unpleasant memories.  A pretty normal stock car, but it’s full of pigs.  Pigs do smell.  Lots of pigs in a small space smell worse.  A train of terrified pigs heading for the Mong Kok government abattoir is an olfactory assault of the first order.  The smell was overwhelming, and it lingered for a good 15 minutes or so after the train passed by.

Pig wagon (Photo by David Barth http://barthworks.com/index.htm) Pig wagon (Photo by David Barth http://barthworks.com/index.htm)

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