There are two Binscarth grain elevators, one owned by Viterra and one owned by Paterson. There is also a grain handling facility, Marquette Grain, which is not in an elevator.
There was a Manitoba Pool grain elevator in Binscarth (capacity 2,460 tonnes) until about 1999, and a UGG grain elevator as well.
Viterra Grain Elevator
The Viterra grain elevator is located at the end of a rail spur north of Binscarth. This is the remnant of the CP Russell subdivision.
The elevator is a steel elevator with attached bins, with a total capacity of 8,500 tonnes.
Paterson Grain Elevator
The Paterson grain elevator in Binscarth is on the CP Bredenbury subdivision. It has a capacity of 21,060 tonnes of grain. This large inland terminal was completed around 1995 and rendered obsolete the Paterson elevators in Inglis.
There is a small grain handling facility on the CP main line, Marquette Grain, which apparently loads producer cars.
The former Pool elevator no longer has rail service.
Just east of the former Pool elevator is a modern Viterra grain elevator at “Souris East”.
The town of Souris used to have a train station, and a roundhouse for servicing locomotives. Both were located near the former Manitoba Pool elevator. The Canadian Pacific Railway operates a maintenance base in this area.
Souris is well known for its swinging bridge, Canada’s longest historic suspension bridge. Souris has a railway museum located in an old railway car on “Tourism Row”, featuring a diesel locomotive simulator, a telegraph, and other railway artifacts.
Graysville, Manitoba had a single grain elevator. This elevator was built by a local co-operative in 1927 and was a Manitoba Pool elevator. It was labelled Viterra but was not listed in Viterra’s directory. It was listed in the Canadian Grain Commission’s 2013 directory.
The Graysville grain elevator was demolished in late 2015.
Graysville had at least two other grain elevators in the past.
Winnipeg Elevator Company elevator, 1902
International Elevator Company, 1902-3, demolished since 1986
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.
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.