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RLW 1680

RLW 1680 Pioneer Oil Refinery Established 1876. First Run is now sold out -- $159.95

Product Status
Reservable
Scale
N (1 foot is 160 scale feet in N)
Gauge
Multi-Scale(Between Rails is 0 scale inches.)
Product Type
full-kit
Vendor
Republic Locomotive Works

This kit models the oldest oil refinery in California, the Star Oil Works, built in Newhall, California in 1875-1876 to process the output of oil wells in Pico Canyon. It was located at the site north of Los Angeles (currently a California State Historic Landmark) because of the proximity of a Southern Pacific railroad spur and good supply of water. The refinery processed crude oil into kerosene, benzene, and lubricating oils which were shipped from the warehouse on the SP spur. As oil output from Pico Canyon increased, and the refinery became obsolete, a tank car loading platform was built at the spur and crude oil was loaded on tank cars to ship to other refineries. This continued into the 1940’s. Stills 3 and 4, stacks, steel tanks, condenser piping, and the pump house are still at the site, and plans are underway to incorporate them into a small park and interpretive site. For more history on this historically significant industrial plant, see Pioneer Refinery. For an overview of the history also see Santa Clarita Valley History.

The kit consists of cast resin, 3D printed acrylic plastic, cast white metal, and laser-cut wood parts plus brass wire and paper templates. The 18 structures included are the four original stills, brick stacks, brick tail house, boiler, steel crude oil, water, wash and refined products tanks, wood “residium” tank, the corrugated metal pump house, a small concrete block control building at the storage tanks, the warehouse and loading dock, and the tank car loading platform. Other details included are the triplex water pump and a single cylinder horizontal engine which powered the pump. The tank car loading platform is also available as a separate kit. Please see Oil Products Loading Platform if you want an era-appropriate loading platform. This kit provides the refinery as it was from 1877 until sometime between 1885 and 1888 without the Oil Products Loading Platform. The Oil Products Loading Platform was added sometime between 1885 and 1888. If you are modeling an early refinery after the mid 1880s you may well consider adding the platform kit along with this kit to construct your model.

This kit was designed and engineered in N scale by Tom Knapp. Marshall Thomson did the production engineering and produced the kit.

Thanks to the City of Santa Clarita, the Santa Clarita Historical Society, and Don Ball, author of the Model Railroader article on modeling this facility in HO which inspired us to create this N-scale version. If there is enough interest (5 or more) we will do another run

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Additional Pictures for RLW 1680

Molded Items in the Pioneer Oil Refinery Kit with a coat of black paint.
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Add this Oil Product Loading Platform for the Pioneer Oil Refinery to be era appropriate after the mid 1880s. Note that this platform is NOT included in the Refinery kit. See RLW 1681 to purchase this platform.
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Side view of the Oil Loading Platform for the Pioneer Oil Refinery. Add this Oil Product Loading Platform for the Pioneer Oil Refinery to be era appropriate after the mid 1880s. Note that this platform is NOT included in the Refinery kit. See RLW 1681 to purchase this platform.
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Loading a tank car using the oil loading platform for the Pioneer Oil Refinery. Note that this platform is NOT included in the Refinery kit. See RLW 1681 to purchase this platform.
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Stills, boiler and tanks for the Pioneer Oil Refinery. Note the Brick work to support the stills and tanks.
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Tail House side view for the Pioneer Oil Refinery.
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Tail House oblique view for the Pioneer Oil Refinery.
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Tail House, relative size in N-Scale.
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Tail House, painted and awaiting installation of the rafters.
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Warehouse and loading platform for the Pioneer Oil Refinery.
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Warehouse back view with loading platform surrounding the structure for the Pioneer Oil Refinery.
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Warehouse sans loading platform and decking.
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Warehouse with rafters installed, awaiting roofing.
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Warehouse, unpainted, showing how rafters are attached.
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Small Layout plan for part of the oil refinery.
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Acid and Wash Tanks for the Pioneer Oil Refinery.
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3-D model showing positioning of the various stills and boiler for the Pioneer Oil Refinery.
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Early Warehouse view.
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Pumphouse structural timbers with interior pump, steam engine and conveyor belt drive.
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Pumphouse structural timbers with interior pump, steam engine and conveyor belt drive.
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