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Dutchman
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USA
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Posted - 03/25/2020 :  08:23:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You are off to a good start, Dave.

Bruce
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deemery
Fireman

USA
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Posted - 03/27/2020 :  1:17:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The parts for the agitator are in (center of the photo, with the very characteristic hemisphere dome top.)


I ordered some tank kits from Tichy. One will provide the rings for the bleacher tanks (with wood roofs). The other will be the receiving crude oil tank (off the photo to the left.) Overall this is really starting to come together.

dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

Edited by - deemery on 03/27/2020 1:17:33 PM
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deemery
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USA
8437 Posts

Posted - 03/28/2020 :  4:47:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another 19th century oil reference: Petroleum; its history, origin, occurrence, production, physical and chemical constitution, technology, examination and uses; together with the occurrences and uses of natural gas. William T Brannt; Hans Höfer, edler von Heimbolt; Alexander Veith Philadelphia, H.C. Baird & Co. 1895. https://books.google.com/books?id=9LkxAAAAMAAJ


dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)
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deemery
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USA
8437 Posts

Posted - 03/29/2020 :  1:25:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
One of the signature refinery structures even into the '40s is the agitator, with its dome top and walkway:


dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)
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Hawghead
Section Hand

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Posted - 03/30/2020 :  2:17:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dave,

How did you make or what did you use for the dome top?

Scott

There's a prototype for everything.
If you can't make it perfect, make it adjustable.
DCC is not plug and play.
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deemery
Fireman

USA
8437 Posts

Posted - 03/30/2020 :  4:38:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The top and tube are Plastruct parts.

dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)
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deemery
Fireman

USA
8437 Posts

Posted - 04/01/2020 :  8:26:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
More tanks....


The two big tanks on the left are crude oil, from either pipeline or tank car. Then there's paper representing the stills and a condenser I still need to build, the 3 condensers for the horizontal stils, a tank I'm considering as a filter tank (I'd need 2 more of them), the agitator, 2 bleacher tanks, and then the refined products tanks. There'll be a loading/unloading dock and a barreling building on the right.

The refinery specs I'm working from list a whole bunch of small open top tanks. I'm still looking at the few period photos I have to figure out where they go (and what they were used for.) They're too small to show up on the Sanborn maps.

This scene is definitely starting to come together!

dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)
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railman28
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USA
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Posted - 04/02/2020 :  6:53:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes it is! It's shaping up nicely.

Bob

It's only make-believe
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deemery
Fireman

USA
8437 Posts

Posted - 04/02/2020 :  7:58:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's another good resource on refining and refineries: https://books.google.com/books?id=np9CAAAAIAAJ There's some good descriptions of the refinery flow, as well as some drawings and photos. It's a bit more modern than Bacon & Hamor.

dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)
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deemery
Fireman

USA
8437 Posts

Posted - 04/08/2020 :  3:32:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I need to build the landing for the stairs and the railings, support structures, etc. and then prime and paint. But the agitator (a real signature structure for refineries into the 1940s) is coming along great.


dave

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Michael Hohn
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USA
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Posted - 04/08/2020 :  7:00:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
My eyes are riveted to your newest structure. Very nice.

Mike
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deemery
Fireman

USA
8437 Posts

Posted - 04/11/2020 :  7:41:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Agitator is painted (Scalecoat "Oil and Graphite"), I'm working on the stairway. i want that to look flimsy :-) Then I'll weather the entire structure.


dave

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Dutchman
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USA
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Posted - 05/09/2020 :  8:02:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting article and photos. Early pipeline and storage tanks in PA.

https://www.desertrambler.com/pithole.html


Bruce
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TRAINS1941
Engineer

USA
12517 Posts

Posted - 05/10/2020 :  12:14:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice Dave. This will be one of the highlights of the RR.

Jerry

"And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln
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SAFN SAAP
Engine Wiper

USA
436 Posts

Posted - 05/10/2020 :  06:55:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Morning Y'all,

Just wanted to let y'all know that I have HO Scale only decals for the Rocky Mountain Oil Tank Line cars that are shown in the massive plant picture on page 1. These produce a really nice model.

If you are interested in any, please PM me.

Thanks,

Levi
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