1931 and 1937 Car Builders Cyclopedia owners, do these cover air conditioning

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1931 and 1937 Car Builders Cyclopedia owners, do these cover air conditioning

DVINNYV
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DVINNYV
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03 Jan 2018, 22:29 #1

I am looking for information on Ice Activated Air Conditioning systems, photos in particular.  The 1940 Car Builders Cyclopedia 15th edition very briefly mentions the ice systems by B. F. Sturtevant.  The freon systems were becoming more common by 1940.  The 1931 and/or 1937 editions may have a more detailed discussion of the ice activated systems than the 1940 edition.  My attempts to obtain copies from the interlibrary loan system were not successful because these are considered Reference Books.  But, before I start the process of searching the Library of Congress for copies, it would be good to know if those editions covered the subject with photos.
Dave
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flatcar99
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04 Jan 2018, 19:49 #2

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rsullivan
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Yesterday, 00:23 #3

    Mr. Dave. The C&O Historical Society is offering an HO scale Pullman Mechanical (PM) Air Conditioning System that first became available in 1932. Complete information on the A/C compressor is available at: http://chessieshop.com/index.php?main_p ... ts_id=3473. I know you were looking for Ice Activated A/C systems, but I thought you might be interested in this one too.
    For those wanting to use mechanical A/C on their models, I went through the New Haven RR official diagrams published in NHRTIA's Passenger Car Diagram Book: Revised Edition (1975) and read that virtually every passenger car that used mechanical A/C systems were equipped with the "Safety" Company's 5 or 7 ton capacity mechanical system with the single or double evaporator unit, ductless type, mounted in the deck in the center of the car, operated by "Safety" compressor-condenser unit. I tried to find pictures of the "Safety" Company's compressor-condenser unit to compare with the Pullman Mechanical A/C System compressor being offered, however I was unsuccessful. This included a Google search using the above link but replacing ice activated with mechanical. The only A/C compressor unit I found was a Waukasha Air Conditioning System unit on Oregon Pacific RR car 128. The Waukasha A/C System compressor has a square vent area on the left of the mechanical box, and doesn't match the Pullman Mechanical A/C System compressor offered. I really cannot say if this A/C compressor would be appropriate on any of the New Haven passenger cars unless you find one that was specifically equipped with a Pullman Mechanical A/C System. Just a caveat emptor.
Richard H. Sullivan, Jr.  member #3967
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