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The town of Souris, Manitoba has two grain elevators, as well as its famous swinging bridge.
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
- United Grain Growers elevator, still present in 1992
Graysville is technically the end of the CEMR Carman subdivision, although Cando (parent of the Central Manitoba Railway) lists Graysville as a car storage area.
Other Viterra grain elevators
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.