Freight Operations around Altkloster (13 - cattle, hay and apples)
The movement of cattle is as old as human habitation. This German scene from 1942 could have been anywhere in the world. A full size version of this photo can be viewed and purchased at http://www.eisenbahnstiftung.de/bildergalerie/Deutsche%20Reichsbahn%20Gesellschaft, by using the search term Viehverladung
While the German railways built covered wagons especially for animals, in practice any available wagon would suffice. Utilization would often depend on what distance needed to be travelled. Open wagons as here, were used for all purposes. I have seen photos of open wagons loaded with apples, cabbages, hay, coal and many other types of mineral and dry goods.
Here is a covered G wagon being loaded by hand shovel, with apples from the tray of an LKW truck in the late 1940s. Such wagons were commandeered for loads such as potatoes, apples, cabbages and pumpkins by using a temporary loading barrier made of wood planks behind the sliding door. Such traffic was destined for apple cider plants.
Farm hands are loading hay from horsedrawn carts into railway wagons destined for markets further afield. When loading had finished, a tarpaulin was used to protect it from the weather as shown by the already loaded wagon in back. Probably 20 horsedrawn carts would be required to fill the wagon. A load of pit timber is stacked ready for loading when suitable wagons become available.