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The plastic trackside series is divided into 11 categories. Please select any one of the links below to view our product.

 - Tank Stands
 - Water / Fuel / Sand Towers
 - Fuel Transfer Depots
 - Locomotive Sheds
 - RR / Industrial and City Signs
 - City Structures
 - Cement / Asphalt and Maintenance Platforms
 - Grain Elevators
 - Service and Maintenance Sheds
 - Oil Refinery Structures (see below)​
 - Industrial Yards

The Oil Refinery structures are our most popular product line to date. The photos above show demonstration complexes,
​customer orders and layouts.

The typical oil/petroleum refinery is an industrial process plant with many different structures designed to receive crude oil , processes and refine it into petroleum products, such as gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt base, heating oil, kerosene, and liquefied petroleum gas. Oil refineries are typically very large complexes with extensive piping running throughout, connecting the various chemical processing units. To model a complete refinery would take up a lot of space on a layout. So Model Structures has designed various stand alone structures that can be purchased separately. This way you can choose and fit the structures you like for your layout. While all standard product is designed for underground piping Model Structures will be happy to design for an additional cost the necessary above ground piping using our pipe stands to connect all purchased product. If you prefer we will also design and build complete refinery complexes based on your instructions.

The Model Structures Oil Refinery consists of the following custom built structures:

View more Oil Refinery Structures on page 'Refinery Structures 1 and 3'

Refinery Structures 1

Refinery Structures 3

  • Various sized Storage Tanks with or w/o a Pump House
  • Desalting Tank
  • Crude Oil Furnace
  • Three different Distillation Towers
  • Condensers (to be designed)
  • Alkylation Unit
  • Piping Complex
  • Flare Tower
  • High Pressure Spherical Tanks
  • Vertical Storage Tanks
  • Elevated Storage Tanks
  • Pipe Support Columns
  • Reboiler 
  • Hydrocracking Unit
  • Floating Top Storage Tank
  • Three Unit Horizontal Storage Tank Farm with Platform
  • Tanker Car Fuel Loading Platform
  • Condenser/Reflux Drum Rack (to be added soon)
  • Filter Bank (to be added soon)

To aid in the selection of structures for your refinery feel free to open the link to the PDF file “How Oil Refineries are Set Up” (Updated) which gives basic in formation on how refineries operate and what structures are typically present.

How Oil Refineries Are Set Up

Twin Vertical Storage Tanks

These tanks can be used in the refinery as storage for fuel/oil or an additive for mixing. They can also be used in an oil/ethanol refinery site as slurry or distillation tanks. The footprint is approximately 7 x 2 inches including the piping. The tanks (1 ½ inch diameter) stand about 9 inches tall.

Floating Top Storage Tank


A new addition to Model Structures Oil Refinery series this tank measures six inches in diameter and 6 inches in height. These tanks can be used to store crude or finished product. Each tank has a wrap around style stairway from the ground to a platform on top of the tank. The structure comes standard with a manway plus inlet and outlet nozzles. Decals are also available at added cost. Usual practice is not to have railing on the wind girder since it is not meant to be walked on. However railing will be supplied if desired.

Elevated Storage Tank 

These tanks are elevated off the ground by a set of four H-columns connected by angle iron. The smaller tank is 3 1/2" by approximately 7" with a total footprint of approx. 5" while the larger tank is 4 1/2" by approximately 8" with a total footprint of approximately 6". These tanks are designed to be used to store additives for mixing or as storage for downstream product. They can also be added on to any other products offered such as the Fuel Loading Platform (see below) or the Bulk Fuel Tower. Choose from two sizes, three colors and your favorite RR logo.

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Pipe Transfer Line

The pipe  transfer line has two levels of piping (4 rows of pipes on the top level and 3 rows of pipes on the lower level). All pipe rows are controlled with gate valves. At the back end the pipes are diverted to ground level while at the front all pipes are attached to ground level common pipe run. In the standard configuration this pipe run is diverted into the ground at both ends. Attached to the pipe stand is a maintenance platform allowing access to the top level and the control valves located there. The piping complex footprint is approximately 10 x 9 x 7(H) inches.