Historic Packing Houses and
Other Industrial Structures in Southern California

Packing House Models

Copyright 2005, 2006, 2011 by James E. Lancaster, Ph.D.

Last Updated July 26, 2011

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Modeling California Packing Houses:

The presentation on Modeling California Packing Houses that Bill Messecar and I gave at the NMRA X2011 West National Convention in Sacramento, CA has been posted to the convention's "Clinic Handouts" web page. July 26, 2011.


James Crowell 3rd's California Packing Corporation
(Posted 8/14/06)

Jim has scratchbuilt an HO model representing the California Packing Corporation's Del Monte packing house in Santa Ana, CA.  The original packing house was (sort of) the prototype for the new Walthers Valley Citrus Packers packing house kit (see below).

Jim wrote "even though the model is about half of the original basic size, it is quite large by model standards, being 10" by 24" and another 2" for the track, so pretty big... total cost was about $10, completely built of wooden siding except for the bracing and windows. I like the look of it.  I DON'T think I'll be adding nailholes in any other structures anytime soon."

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(James Crowell Photo)


Mike Aldrich's National Orange Sunkist packing house (Posted 7/7/06)

Mike built this HO model of the Riverside, CA packing house from a YesterYear Models kit.

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The model is shown on the layout of the Orange County Module Railroaders. (Jim Lancaster photo) 

Mike Aldrich's Sunkist Citrus Exchange (Posted 7/7/06)

Mike built this HO model using two Alpine Division Models kits and joining them end-to-end.

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The model is shown on the layout of the Orange County Module Railroaders. (Jim Lancaster photo)

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Jim Lancaster's "Valley Citrus Packers" packing house (Posted 7/7/06)

I built the Walthers kit with several changes:
  • I reversed the two ends.
  • The kit had too many windows for a packing house so I boarded up some of them from the back and removed the center part of the window frame. If anyone asks, I'll say the packing house took over a building that was built for another use (it happened often in th citrus industry).
  • I painted the main building white with brown doors, platform, steps and railings.
Nothing has been done to the roof.  It still needs painting and the entire structure needs a lot of weathering and other details, including signage.  It is currently sitting in a vacant area of Riverside on my model railroad.  The entire Riverside area is under construction. All of the track is temporary.

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The Walthers model is at the far left of the photo. If I leave it at that location it will probably become the Monte Vista Citrus Association. That's a mock-up of my yet-to-be-built YesterYear model of National Orange at center right. The old Purina Chows model is a stand-in for Lerner's Riverside Grain and Milling which was located just north of National Orange. (Jim Lancaster photo)
 
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Close-up view of the office side of the packing house. (Jim Lancaster photo)

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Side view of the packing house. The building at the right is a Walthers Co-Op storage shed. It will serve as the shook storage and box-making part of the packing house. (Jim Lancaster photo)

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Close-up view of the box-making end of the packing house. Like the packing house, the storage shed building still needs a lot of details.(Jim Lancaster photo)

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Close-up view showing the track side of the packing house. This view shows all of the boarded-up windows. (Jim Lancaster photo)

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Close-up view with a PFE reefer spotted at the packing house and a box car at the box-making shed. It's too bad Walthers didn't make the kit a little longer with two doors on the track side. Adding the shed gives it a reasonable length. (Jim Lancaster photo)


Jim Lancaster's Corona Citrus Ass'n (Jameson) packing house 
(Posted 7/7/06)

I built this HO model of a free-lanced version of the Corona Citrus Ass'n (CCA) packing house as a flat building using DPM modules. The CCA was on the north side of the Santa Fe's 3rd District mainline through Corona but by the 1960s they had taken over the Jameson packing house on the opposite (south) side of the tracks. The Jameson packing house had been served by both the Santa Fe and Pacific Electric. It is that packing house that my model represents.

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The east end of the packing house. They're not readable but note the loading numbers over the doors. This is a typical packing house detail. (Jim Lancaster photo)

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View from the west of the former Jameson packing house now operated by the CCA.
(Jim Lancaster photo)

Bill Messecar's National Orange Sunkist packing house (Posted 9/20/05)

Bill built this HO model of the Riverside, CA packing house from a YesterYear Models kit.

Front of the packing house model. (Bill Messecar photo)

Front of the actual packing house. (Jim Lancaster photo)

Rear of the packing house model. Note the scratch built conveyor for loading cull oranges into trucks. (Bill Messecar photo)

Rear of the actual packing house. (Jim Lancaster photo)

The conveyor for loading culls. (Bill Messecar photo)
 


James Crowell 3rd's National Orange Sunkist packing house (Posted 9/20/05)

Jim also built his HO model of the Riverside, CA packing house from a YesterYear Models kit. He did not have enough depth for the complete model so he moved the back half to the right side of the front. The prototype also had two similar additional sheds on this side.

Front of the packing house model. (James Crowell photo)

The two additional sheds on the south side of National Orange. (Jim Lancaster photo)

The packing house model on the 18" deep shelf of the layout. (James Crowell photo)

The scene to the left of the packing house. (James Crowell photo) 



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