- Railroads. stock car(def 2).
- Slang. a railroad passenger car providing little comfort and few amenities.
Origin of cattle car
An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for cattle car
He entered the yards, where a train was being made up for the south, and there he saw a cattle-car with an open door.The Adventures of a Boy Reporter
Harry Steele Morrison