American Car & Foundry builder's photo showing a 1925 "Game and Fish Car" used by the Kentucky Game and Fish Commission. Fish cars were used by both state and federal agencies from the late-19th to mid-20th century. In 1874, the U.S. Fish Commission shipped 35,000 shad fry across the country by rail for stocking in California's Sacramento River. The first dedicated "fish car" was purchased in 1881, and the last ran until 1947. Railroads appreciated having well-stocked streams along their lines and often hauled the cars for free or at reduced rates. Trucks now handle fish stocking and transporting duties. Also see record 1284
for a view of an Illinois Fish Car.