The air conditioning units can be set up inside a building or placed outside and connected by up to 20 metres of duct.
A 20kW unit provided temporary air during the stakeholder consultation of a prototype for Sydney’s $3.6 billion next generation trains.
A life-size model of the train was built to give commuter groups, disability organisations and RailCorp staff a clear picture of the train’s intended layout, design and special features.
As the weather changed from the heat of summer to the chill of autumn, the temperature of air from the unit was easily adjusted to maintain comfort.
“We needed a temporary measure that would replicate the air conditioning that will be a feature of the new trains, and we were happy with the result,” a Downer EDI Rail spokesman said.
Downer EDI Rail is designing and manufacturing the trains in conjunction with Hitachi on behalf of Reliance Rail. Reliance Rail was awarded the contract for the design, construction and maintenance of the new air-conditioned trains in December, 2006.
NSW Transport Minister John Watkins, who also viewed the prototype, said the 626 new carriages will be “absolutely advanced and will provide world-class passenger safety and comfort.”
They will be built at Downer EDI’s facility at Cardiff in Newcastle, and rolled out across the CityRail network from 2010.
Kennards Hire, with more than 90 locations across Australia, also has a range of portable LPG and electric-powered heaters available.