Pierson Grain Elevators

Pierson grain elevators
Pierson grain elevators

There are two Pierson grain elevators. One was built by N.M. Paterson and the other was built by the Manitoba Pool Elevators. Both are now owned by Paterson and operated as a unit. Currently they are listed with a capacity of 8,025 tonnes.

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Paterson Grain Elevator

Paterson grain elevator in Pierson, MB
Paterson grain elevator in Pierson, MB

This elevator was built in 1965 to replace a former Consolidated (originally Dominion) elevator that was dismantled.

Paterson vehicle, Pierson, MB
Paterson vehicle, Pierson, MB

Former Pool Grain Elevator

The former Manitoba Pool elevator in Pierson, MB
The former Manitoba Pool elevator in Pierson, MB

The ex Manitoba Pool grain elevator was built in 1927 or 1928 and burned in 1939. It was rebuilt on the same location. Renovations were done in the 1970s to replace one annex, add another annex, renovate the office and add a new loading leg.

Pierson Grain Elevator History

Pierson Grain Elevators ca 1897
Pierson Grain Elevators ca 1897

By 1897 the town of Pierson had at least three grain elevators, as shown in the photo to the right.

The original Ogilvie elevator burnt in 1894 and was rebuilt. In 1900 there were four elevators: Gould and Elliott, Northern, Dominion and Ogilvie.

Many thanks to the Harvests of Time local history for the grain elevator history.

Pierson Grain Elevators ca 1921-1925
Pierson Grain Elevators ca 1921-1925

 

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Elgin Grain Elevator

Elgin grain elevator
Elgin grain elevator

The Elgin grain elevator is a former Manitoba Pool elevator. It has a capacity of 5,150 tonnes and is privately owned by Dodds Farm, Ltd. This was the “B” elevator in Elgin.

The grain elevator in Elgin, Manitoba
The grain elevator in Elgin, Manitoba
CN Elgin sign
CN Elgin sign

Elgin was on the CN Hartney subdivision. By 1979 this was the end of the operated track, and in 1999 the track was sold to the Southern Manitoba Railway. That shortline operated it for several years until its abandonment and removal in 2006 or 2007.

There is a nice museum in Elgin.

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McConnell Grain Elevators

McConnell Grain Elevators
McConnell Grain Elevators

The two McConnell grain elevators are two of the few buildings remaining in the ghost town of McConnell, Manitoba.

McConnell was on the CN Rapid City subdivision. This line was abandoned in 1978 and the last train passed through McConnell on December 16, 1978 with GMD1 CN 1027 as the lead locomotive.

These elevators are former Manitoba Pool grain elevators. There is an “A” and “B” elevator.

Pool “A” Elevator

McConnell "A" Elevator
McConnell “A” Elevator

The “A” elevator was built on or before 1928 and served the community for fifty years until it was closed on December 1, 1978.

This elevator was renovated in 1968 at a cost of $45,000. The elevator received a new driveway  and office, and the elevator received a 40-ton platform scale and a high capacity grain cleaner.

This elevator appears to be in fair condition.

 

Pool “B” Elevator

McConnell "B" Grain Elevator
McConnell “B” Grain Elevator

The Manitoba Pool “B” grain elevator in McConnell appears to be in rough shape. The elevator no longer has a driveway and portions of the machinery appear to be exposed to the elements. The elevator is in a farmer’s pasture now.

It’s possible that the “B” elevator is a former Bawlf elevator.

The first two grain elevators in McConnell were privately built and sold to elevator companies. The first was built by J.H. McConnell and sold to the Canadian Elevator Company. The second was built by A.E. Arnold and sold to the Bawlf Company.

View of the two McConnell grain elevators
View of the two McConnell grain elevators

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Carberry Grain Elevator

The Carberry grain elevator
The Carberry grain elevator

The Carberry grain elevator is a grain-handling facility operated by ADM, formerly known as Archers Daniel Midland. This facility consists of two large bins, elevating machinery, and a large loading/unloading building. It has a capacity of 15,000 tonnes of grain.

The elevator is served by Canadian Pacific from its CP Carberry subdivision.

ADM has its own locomotive, ADM 7560 (an EMD GP10), on site for switching grain cars.

Carberry grain elevators, circa 1900
Carberry grain elevators, circa 1900

Until recently there was a unique farm grain elevator near Carberry but it was demolished in 2014.

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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.

Birtle Grain Elevator 20160430 SLB-14

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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Binscarth Grain Elevators

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

One of the two Binscarth grain elevators
One of the two Binscarth grain elevators

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.

Viterra grain elevator near Binscarth, MB
Viterra grain elevator near Binscarth, MB

 

Paterson Grain Elevator

Paterson grain elevator in Binscarth, MB
Paterson grain elevator in Binscarth, MB

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.

Marquette Grain

Marquette Grain, Binscarth
Marquette Grain, Binscarth

There is a small grain handling facility on the CP main line, Marquette Grain, which apparently loads producer cars.

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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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