Back on August 8, I spent the morning driving around south and west of Regina looking for trains and grain elevators. I had noticed a few elevators on Google Maps that I wanted to investigate, so I drove south of Regina on highway 6. A place known as Rowatt is located a few kilometres south of the Ring Road.
If you look at Google Maps, you can see that the elevators are served by a spur off the CN Lewvan sub.
The spur ends just short of highway 6 as you can see here.
Closest to the highway is the Cargill elevator complex:
Next is the Viterra elevator.
Finally there is a small "elevator" complex that doesn't look like an elevator but clearly has a similar function. Maybe it just has no storage in it.
Rowatt is served by CN on the remnant of the Lewvan subdivision. Rowatt is mile 106.8. It was announced in October 2005 that the remainder of the subdivision was to be "discontinued". CN's 2009 Network Plan listed only 7.8 miles of the Lewvan sub, ending at Rowatt. The 2011 plan is the same.
My guess from doing some online reading is that some of the rails are still in place for the rest of the Lewvan, but they have not been used in years. I came across this photo of Estlin Saskatchewan just a bit farther down the Lewvan, taken in February 2009. The rails were in place but cut at crossings.
I did some Google Maps browsing and a little south of Rowatt you can see what appears to be rail removal in progress, and in fact the rails are missing from highway crossings south of Rowatt. I guess removal is in progress or maybe has already been finished.
Eric Gagnon posted a great article on the Lewvan as he saw it in 1985... worth seeing how it used to be!