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 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.
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 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.
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.
The hamlet of Forrest, Manitoba was established in the early 1880s when the first railroad came through. It is home to two grain elevators.
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.
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.
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.
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 used to have a UGG elevator in town but it was demolished in May 2010.
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.
Other Elevators in Arborg
The first grain elevator in Arborg was the Liberty elevator, built in 1922. A Federal elevator was built after that.
The first Manitoba Pool elevator was built in 1940. The local elevator association applied for membership in the Manitoba Pool in 1939. In a departure from previous practice, the Pool required the association to commit some of their own funds toward the construction of the elevator, and the association pledged $6,000 and supplied some of the lumber for the elevator.
The Pool built a second grain elevator in 1948. The Pool bought the Federal elevator in 1972, which presumably became the “C” elevator.
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.
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.
There Will Always Be a Ninga
The town of Ninga is small but its pride and humour shows through.
The Goodlands grain elevator was a Manitoba Pool elevator. It is currently privately owned.
The elevator is one of the few that still have the 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 was located on the CP Lyleton subdivision. It received rail service until the line was abandoned in 1996.