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Confusion about air conditioning in the R32s

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On Wikipedia, it says that the R38s were the first subway cars to test out air conditioning. If that's true, how's that possible that there's air conditioning in the R32s?

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The R32s and R38s were built and delivered in the mid-1960s; until the mid- to late-1980s the R32s didn't have air conditioning. In the mid-to-late 80s, the MTA put the R32s through a General Overhaul program, where they were sent out to Morrison-Knudsen or GE for full rebuilding; I believe that AC was added as part of the rebuild :)

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The R38 test was only the last ten cars, but the rest of the 38's, all the 32's, and even about half of the 40's were un-airconditioned util the massive rebuilds of the late 80's.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18 hours ago, EphraimB said:

On Wikipedia, it says that the R38s were the first subway cars to test out air conditioning. If that's true, how's that possible that there's air conditioning in the R32s?

"RETROFIT"

 verb

"To add or substitute new parts or components to some device, structure etc., that were not previously available; to modernize"

 

The R42s were the first full class to feature AC as a factory standard part. Everything that came before had to have it added in later.  

 

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