Saturday, October 13, 2012

WP Freight House Details: in window air conditioners

OK, so I'm jumping the gun a little. I'm still cutting plastic for walls and dealing with windows and here I am talking details.

Sorry. Can't help it. Like many of my fellow railroad modelers, I like detail parts.

From Bob Clark's pictures of the freight office in the 1970s in the previous post, we can see quite a few of those in window air conditioners - and evidence that there were more sometime in the past. Sacramento has always had a habit of being really hot in the summer and this was one way to beat it. I've seen earlier pictures of this freight office that showed they used a combination of 1st floor awnings and these little air conditioning units.

So I picked up  this set of BLMA photo-etched (I'm assuming) stainless steel air conditioners from one of the local train shops. They fold up quickly and easily and I think they look really sharp. In one of these pictures you'll see a cast metal air conditioner from my detail part collection of doo-dads that I thought looked good enough at one time... ah progress.


  1. Back in 2001 I was out in San Jose for the NMRA convention. I took my sister who lived in Monterrey at the time, and a few friends up to Sacramento to the RR museum and we also took in downtown while we were there. I remember it being "warm" but we didn't realize just how hot it was that day till we were told in the restaurant that they didn't serve soup when it was above 100 degrees. We found out it was 103 that day. But it was a dry heat..

    The AC units look good BTW. :)

  2. Size does matter when choosing an air conditioner, so it's important to get a unit with the cooling capacity to handle the room where it will be installed. A unit that is too small may not be able to cool a space efficiently, while an oversized air conditioner in too small a space will cycle on and off, wasting energy and decreasing the unit's ability to adequately dehumidify the room.