Fannystelle Grain Elevator

Fannystelle grain elevator
Stevens & Company Grain Elevator in Fannystelle, Manitoba

Fannystelle, Manitoba has two grain elevators. One is a modern Viterra concrete grain terminal but the other Fannystelle grain elevator is a lovely old Stevens & Company elevator.

The Stevens & Company elevator says “LUMBER, COAL AND GRAIN” on it, as many elevators also sold other commodities such as coal, grain, fertilizer and other farming needs. The Stevens Lumber Company is still operating in Fannystelle.

The United Grain Growers (UGG) built a high throughput elevator in Fannystelle, which became part of Agricore United when UGG merged with Agricore. It is now Viterra.

The Viterra elevator in Fannystelle, MB

The Viterra elevator has a capacity of 9,550 tonnes and is served by the CP Glenboro subdivision.

There were at least two Manitoba Pool grain elevators in Fannystelle in the mid 1980s but none remain now.

Fannystelle also has a lovely church, the Sacré-Coeur de Jésus Roman Catholic Church, built in late 1912 and recently restored.

The church in Fannystelle, MB
The church in Fannystelle, MB

Starbuck Grain Elevator

Starbuck Grain Elevator
The Starbuck, Manitoba Pioneer grain elevator

The town of Starbuck, Manitoba has one grain elevator, a Richardson Pioneer concrete structure. The Starbuck grain elevator has a capacity of 18,170 tonnes.

Starbuck used to have a pair of elevators farther west but they were demolished, presumably in the 1980s. There was a wooden elevator in the location that the Pioneer elevator is in now, presumably an older Pioneer.

Starbuck is located on the CP Glenboro subdivision.

The town of Starbuck has a population of about 350 people, and hosts a variety of services including a recreation complex and a nearby golf course.

Miniature Starbuck grain elevator and train
Model elevator and train in Starbuck

Other Pioneer grain elevators

New Ste. Agathe Grain Elevator

Ste Agathe grain elevator
Ste Agathe grain elevator, February 26, 2017

Viterra announced they will be building a new Ste. Agathe grain elevator. The elevator will be near their existing canola crush plant in Ste. Agathe, Manitoba and will have a capacity of about 30,000 tonnes and be able to load up to 124 rail cars. The elevator will be on the CN Letellier subdivision so it can be served by CN or BNSF.

This facility will join their 13 existing elevators and specialty facilities in Manitoba.

Ste. Agathe Grain Elevator under construction, November 2015
Ste. Agathe Grain Elevator under construction, November 2015

Ste. Agathe used to have a Manitoba Pool/Agricore grain elevator, a large structure with two annexes. It was demolished in June 2010.

The elevator is scheduled to open in 2016.

Ste. Agathe grain elevator, February 28 2016
Ste. Agathe grain elevator, February 28 2016

A visit to the elevator on August 13, 2016 showed that it is nearly complete. The loop track attached to the CN line is in place and ballasted.

Viterra Sainte Agathe Grain Elevator, August 13, 2016
Viterra Sainte Agathe Grain Elevator, August 13, 2016

Other Viterra grain elevators

 

Forrest Grain Elevator

Forrest Grain Elevator

The hamlet of Forrest, Manitoba was established in the early 1880s when the first railroad came through. It is home to two grain elevators.

Forrest grain elevator
The Forrest, Manitoba grain elevator

Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator

There is a former Manitoba Pool grain elevator in the town of Forrest, Manitoba. I believe it was built in 1928. The Forrest grain elevator was on the CP Rapid City subdivision; it lost its rail connection in 1980 when the subdivision was abandoned.

The elevator does not appear to be in use but the cupola has obviously received new siding in the near past.

Viterra Grain Elevator

There is a modern Viterra concrete grain elevator at Knox, Manitoba, a few miles north on the CN Rivers subdivision. This “high throughput” elevator is capable of loading rail cars at a high rate compared to the older wooden grain elevators. It has a capacity of 39,500 tonnes and can spot more than 100 grain cars at once.

Forrest is in the regional municipality of Elton.

Coulter Grain Elevator

Coulter Grain Elevator
The Coulter, Manitoba grain elevator

The Coulter grain elevator and annex is the sole remaining elevator in Coulter, Manitoba.

The grain elevator in Coulter, MB

Coulter was on the CP Lyleton subdivision until a bridge over the Souris River was washed out in 1976, severing the rail line between Dalny and Coulter.

McKinney Farms grain elevator, Coulter
McKinney Farms grain elevator, Coulter

This elevator closed in 1971 and is now privately owned. It was Pool elevator #99.

Coulter grain elevator, date unknown
Coulter grain elevator, date unknown

 

Grain elevator in Coulter, ManitobaThe structure appears to be in fair shape but the annex has developed quite a lean.

The Coulter grain elevator is labeled McKinney Farms.

There are about a dozen houses in Coulter, which is just off provincial road 251 and about 10 km north of the Canada-US border.

Lena Grain Elevator

Lena grain elevatorThe community of Lena, Manitoba has one grain elevator.

The CN Wakopa subdivision used to run through Lena, until it was abandoned in 1961.

The Lena grain elevator is now privately owned. It may be owned by the Mayfair (Hutterite) Colony Farms.

In 1962 there was also a Paterson elevator in Lena, as shown in this photo from the Provincial Archives of Manitoba. The Lena train station is visible opposite the grain elevators. Note the track that was removed after the Wakopa subdivision was abandoned in 1961.Lena grain elevator

The Lena school was established in 1906, and after becoming a consolidated school, closed in 1970. Lena is about 9 km north of the Canada-US border.

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Deloraine Grain Elevator

The Nestibo Agra grain elevator in Deloraine, MB

The Deloraine grain elevator outside Deloraine, Manitoba is owned by Nestibo Agra Inc., who process sunflowers and other plants. This elevator is a former Manitoba Pool grain elevator and has a capacity of 2000 tonnes.

Deloraine Grain Elevator
The Deloraine grain elevator

Deloraine used to have a UGG elevator in town but it was demolished in May 2010.

Deloraine is served by the CP Napinka subdivision. Until fairly recently it was also the start of the CP Lyleton subdivision. Deloraine was also served by the CN Wakopa subdivision until around 1980.

Other Manitoba Pool grain elevators

 

 

 

Arborg Grain Elevator

The Arborg grain elevator
The Arborg grain elevator

The sole remaining Arborg grain elevator is a Paterson elevator. This elevator is still in operation by Paterson in August 2014. It was built in 1967.

Arborg used to be part of the CP Arborg subdivision until that was cut back to near Stony Mountain. The track used to go north through the town to a few hundred feet past the Paterson elevator.

A view north on the former ROW

There was a Manitoba Pool / Agricore elevator south of the Paterson elevator on the same side of the tracks, but that was demolished sometime after 2001.

The first grain elevator in Arborg was the Liberty elevator, built in 1922. The first Manitoba Pool elevator was built in 1940 and the second in 1948. The Pool bought the Federal elevator in 1972.

The last Manitoba Pool grain elevator in Arborg (Pool “D”) was built in 1982 or 1983. It was demolished in April 2009 despite a concerted effort by local farmers to save it.

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Ninga Grain Elevator

Ninga grain elevator
The grain elevator in Ninga, MB

The town of Ninga hosts a former Manitoba Pool grain elevator. The Ninga grain elevator is still connected to the rail line (the CP Napinka subdivision) but the siding does not appear to be in use.

Ninga hosted four grain elevators at one point. The Manitoba Elevator Commission purchased the four, and ended up selling two to UGG and scrapping two. This article describes that and has a photo from 1955 showing UGG, Manitoba Pool and Lake of the Woods elevators.

Older Ninga Photos

These two photos date from around 1908 and show the early Ninga grain elevators as well as the train station.

Ninga train station and steam engine
Ninga train station and steam engine
Ninga Grain Elevators, Circa 1908
Ninga Grain Elevators, Circa 1908

 

There Will Always Be a Ninga

The town of Ninga is small but its pride and humour shows through.

There Will Always Be A Ninga
There Will Always Be A Ninga

Flags and Grain Elevator

Other Manitoba Pool grain elevators

Goodlands Grain Elevator

Goodlands grain elevator
The Goodlands, MB grain elevator

The Goodlands grain elevator was a Manitoba Pool elevator. It is currently privately owned.

Goodlands, MB

The elevator is one of the few that still have the loading arrow.

Loading arrow

Normally the rail siding for grain elevators would have a slight slope so the loaded cars could be rolled away from the elevator to make room for the next car to be loaded. The arrow indicated the direction that loaded cars would roll. The number is a “spot number” for rail crews to know where to put cars.

Goodlands grain elevator
Goodlands, MB

Goodlands was located on the CP Lyleton subdivision. It received rail service until the line was abandoned in 1996.

Other Manitoba Pool grain elevators