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 Post subject: Pullman ceiling vents
PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2023 7:07 pm 

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Would anyone out there know of a source for these style vents used in the Pullman troop sleepers? I have a feeling they were only used in these cars.

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 Post subject: Re: Pullman ceiling vents
PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2023 3:13 am 

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We have two troop sleepers and I don't recall vent covers like that on either of them.


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 Post subject: Re: Pullman ceiling vents
PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2023 10:08 am 

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That looks like an ordinary grill for a household forced air heating system vent.


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 Post subject: Re: Pullman ceiling vents
PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2023 4:44 pm 

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Something to consider is that there might have been minor variations in how Pullman Standard built the troop sleepers, depending on the availability of parts and materials. The drawings and other materials available at the archives at the Illinois Railway Museum might offer some clues, and there might be some information among the materials held by the Newberry Library: https://www.newberry.org/collection/res ... ar-records

But a close examination of the car that you have and comparing notes with other cars is helpful in filling in gaps that aren't included in the records. These small details can help in interpreting the story of building the troop sleepers amidst the widespread mobilization of the populace that is often remembered with the icon of Rosie the Riveter. Going through the trouble of looking for clues, making careful notes, and keeping the parts and paint chips can make a different in unlocking a new insights into history on the homefront.


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