Tuesday, July 16, 2013

the Ringling A/C wagpms pf 1939 to 1942

Ringling had 8 of these wagons  from  1939 to 1942    in the front of the wagon was a ice bunker that a huge fan in the rear blew air over the ice and thru a tube that attached to two pipes in the top of the wagon     the tubes were also attached to the top of the big top    a interesting note is also in the rear was a heating unit so that in cold weather they could heat the tent  with the same units 
The wagons were numbered  160 to  167   and were  16 and 1/2 ft long 8 ft wide and 10 tall built by Southern Iron and Equipment Co .  Buffalo Fordge handled the design  and fitting of both the A/C and heating equipment.   The Fans were capable of handling 17,000 cu ft of air per  miniute and wer driven by GE 3 hp Electric motors   Each Ice bunker helt 6.000 lbs of ice  and operated  on much the same principle as todays evaporative cooling systems.


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