Re: An unusual car - compressed gas

Barry Bennett


Thanks very much for the link. It answers questions and creates others, inevitably.


On Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 1:33 PM, <destorzek@...> wrote:


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 I also have vague memories that acetylene gas was also used for lighting here in the UK so it may also have some use in US passenger car lighting.

Does anyone know what the actual gas was that passenger cars used, and which may well have been transported by the car in the photo. 

Barry Bennett
Coventry, England.

While acetylene lighting equipment was sold for railroad car use in the US, the dominant player was Pintsch gas, made from naphtha. The two systems were not compatible, so roads tended to standardize on one or the other. Here is a link to a Scineticic American article about the production of Pintsch gas:

Dennis Storzek

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