Beulah Grain Elevator

The Beulah grain elevator
The Beulah grain elevator

The Beulah grain elevator is a former Manitoba Pool grain elevator, built in 1922 and operated by the Pool until the mid 1970s when the CN Rapid City rail subdivision was abandoned.

This elevator was owned by a local farmer’s cooperative but it does not appear to have been used in the past few years.

The Beulah grain elevator
The Beulah grain elevator

The first official train on the Canadian Northern line from Hallboro to Beulah was on July 1, 1911. Beulah received passenger service by a mixed train until 1959, when the coach attached to the wayfeight was discontinued. From that time Beulah received rail service once a week.

The grain elevator stands alone near Beulah, MB
The grain elevator stands alone near Beulah, MB

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Birtle Grain Elevator

The Birtle grain elevator
The Birtle grain elevator

The Birtle grain elevator is a former Manitoba Pool elevator and annex, now privately owned. This facility is located on the CP Bredenbury subdivision and has rail service. The elevator and annex have a capacity of 3,140 tonnes of grain.

Rear view of the grain elevator in Birtle
Rear view of the grain elevator in Birtle

This facility is owned by Pawluk Ag Ventures Ltd. and performs grain storage and cleaning.

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The town of Birtle is part of the Prairie View municipality, which contains several museums, a campground, a pair of golf courses, and other attractions.

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Russell Grain Elevator

Russell Grain Elevator
Russell Grain Elevator

The Russell grain elevator is a former Manitoba Pool elevator located on the Trans-Canada trail. This elevator has a capacity of 4,760 tonnes and is owned by Fairfield Land and Cattle.

Russell grain elevator
Russell grain elevator

Other grain elevators in Russell were:

  • Northern, built 1902-1904 period; served by CP
  • Imperial, built 1902-1904 period; served by CP; burned
  • Farmers, built 1902, 40,000 bushels capacity; purchased by UGG in 1917; served by CP
  • UGG, built 1965; served by CP
  • Lake of the Woods; served by CP
  • Western Canada Flour Mills Company, built 1908; purchased by Manitoba Pool in 1953 and had annex added; served by CN

Railways in Russell

CPR train station and grain elevators in Russell, MB, early 1900s
CPR train station and grain elevators in Russell, MB, early 1900s

At one time, the town of Russell was served by both CN and CP.

The CP Russell subdivision ran from Binscarth to Inglis, with Russell being roughly in the middle of the subdivision and crossing over the CN line.

CNR train station, Russell, 1912
CNR train station, Russell, 1912

The CN Rossburn subdivision ended very close to the grain elevator, where it joined with the CN Tonkin subdivision. Russell was a CN division point and had a station, roundhouse (destroyed by fire in 1928) and a water tank.

None of these rail lines exist any more.

 

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Oakburn Grain Elevator

Oakburn grain elevator
Oakburn grain elevator

The Oakburn grain elevator stands at the north end of the town. It has a large wooden annex and is an ex Manitoba Pool Elevator structure.

Oakburn grain elevator
Oakburn grain elevator

The first grain elevator in Oakburn was a Western Canada Flour Mills elevator, built in or before 1915.

Western Canada Flour Mills grain elevator, Oakburn, 1915
Western Canada Flour Mills grain elevator, Oakburn, 1915

Oakburn also had a Federal grain elevator and a UGG elevator.

Oakburn’s Manitoba Pool grain elevator was built in 1933. Its annex was added in 1949 and the elevator received a major overhaul in 1967. The elevator that remains in Oakburn is not that elevator.

New Oakburn Grain Elevator, 1965
“New Oakburn Grain Elevator, 1965” – from Echoes: Oakburn, Manitoba 1870-1970

Oakburn used to be on the CN Rossburn subdivision. It no longer has any rail service since the CN line was removed in the late 1990s.

Side view of the grain elevator in Oakburn, Manitoba
Side view of the grain elevator in Oakburn, Manitoba

 

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Rossburn Grain Elevator

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Park in Rossburn
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Park in Rossburn

The Rossburn grain elevator sits in the middle of town. It is an ex Manitoba Pool grain elevator with two attached bins.

Rossburn was the namesake town of the CN Rossburn subdivision.

The Rossburn grain elevator
The Rossburn grain elevator

In 1912 there was a Canadian Elevator Company grain elevator (25,000 bushel capacity) and a Northern Elevator Company elevator (30,000 bushels) in Rossburn.

By 1917 a British American elevator had been built.

In 1944 there were three elevators:

  • Manitoba Pool Elevators
  • National Grain Company
  • Canadian Consolidated Grain Company

The Canadian Consolidated elevator was moved and became an annex for the National elevator in the early 1950s. This “combined” elevator was eventually owned by Cargill.

The Rossburn grain elevator

The Rossburn grain elevator

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Sandy Lake Grain Elevator

The Sandy Lake Grain Elevator
The Sandy Lake Grain Elevator

The Sandy Lake grain elevator is a former Manitoba Pool grain elevator located in the resort town of Sandy Lake. This elevator was purchased by Lewandoski Farms in 1996.

The first grain elevator was built in Sandy Lake in 1911.

Grain elevators in Sandy Lake, Manitoba - date unknown
Grain elevators in Sandy Lake, Manitoba – date unknown

The CN Rossburn subdivision used to pass through the town, until it was abandoned in 1996.

Sandy Lake grain elevator
Sandy Lake grain elevator

I recorded a little walk around the grain elevator one Saturday morning. Sandy Lake is a lovely town.

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Ethelbert Grain Elevator

The Ethelbert grain elevator
The Ethelbert grain elevator

The Ethelbert grain elevator is a former Manitoba Pool elevator. It is the last remaining elevator in the town, located north of the Riding Mountain National Park.

This elevator has a capacity of 4,550 tonnes and has a large attached annex.

The Ethelbert grain elevator
The Ethelbert grain elevator

CN built a water reservoir near Ethelbert in the early 1920s to supply water for its steam engines, since there was no sizeable body of water nearby. The reservoir is still visible to the southeast of the town.

Note that the elevator in the town of Ethelbert is the “B” elevator, implying that there was an “A” elevator. There is a wooden annex on private property north of town, possibly from that “A” elevator.

Grain elevator annex near Ethelbert
Grain elevator annex near Ethelbert

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Sinclair Grain Elevator

Sinclair grain elevator
Sinclair grain elevator

The small town of Sinclair in western Manitoba has one grain elevator. The Sinclair grain elevator is a former Manitoba Pool grain elevator, now presumably privately owned.

Sinclair grain elevator
Sinclair grain elevator

This elevator consists of a central elevator with an attached annex, and a covered driveway on the non-rail side. The elevator has a siding on the CP Arcola subdivision but it does not appear to use rail service. CP has applied to abandon this section of rail.

The elevator was listed in the Canadian Grain Commission’s directory until 2001 with a capacity of 4,240 tonnes.

The elevator may be in use for private grain storage.

There was at least one other elevator in Sinclair in the past. This photo shows what may be a Lake of the Woods grain elevator in 1909.

Tennis in Sinclair, 1909
Tennis in Sinclair, 1909

Sinclair is near the edge of the Bakken oil fields, and there are oil wells nearby.

Oil well and grain elevator
Oil well and grain elevator

 

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