|The Stewart Southern believes in lots of signs!|
I went out early on August 2 to head down Highway 33 toward Stoughton.
The Stewart Southern acquired a portion of the CP Tyvan subdivision, at one time the longest stretch of straight track in the world. They interchange with CP in Regina and their track basically parallels highway 33 all the way to Stoughton.
It was a beautiful morning... at least at the start.
My first stop was in Richardson at 7 AM to see the Legumex Walker facility there.
|Legumex Walker, Richardson, SK|
There were no cars there but the May 2015 Street View shows grain cars, so I have to assume it is still a rail customer.
KronauNext up on the line was the grain elevator at Kronau. This is a former Saskatchewan Wheat Pool (SWP) elevator. It has no annex but has a couple of large bins for extra storage.
|Kronau grain elevator|
There were a few cars spotted at the siding.
Note the 1867-1967 Centennial logo on the elevator. There are only a few remaining with the logo. I saw it on one of the two Sintaluta elevators.
|Canadian 1967 Centennial log on Kronau grain elevator|
LajordNext is a siding and stub track at Lajord. There was a string of oil tankers there, complete with buffer cars on one end.
|Oil train in Lajord SK|
Note there are a couple of tracks there.
There was a beautiful large Pioneer grain elevator in Lajord. Back in 1964 Lajord had three elevators: the Pioneer, a National Grain Company elevator, and the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool grain elevator.
After leaving Lajord, I ran into some serious morning fog. Visibility grew quite short and I had to slow down below highway speed on several occasions as I couldn't see far enough ahead.
SedleyThe grain elevator at Sedley was barely visible in the fog.
|Sedley grain elevator in the fog|
Disappointing... but not the first disappointment.
FrancisFrancis, SK was also socked in.
|Francis grain elevator|
OsageIt was clearing a bit at Osage but it still wasn't great.
|Osage grain elevator|
I finally broke out of the fog south of Osage, and by the time I arrived at Fillmore, it was blue skies and sunshine. I wasn't too concerned as I knew I would be heading back on highway 33 and would have another chance at the fogbound grain elevators.
There are two grain facilities at Fillmore, an ex Saskatchewan Wheat Pool grain elevator operated by the SooLine Marketing Group, and a more modern facility operated by Fill-More Seeds Inc. "Pride of the Prairies".
There was another elevator between these two facilities but apparently it came down. I think it was a United Grain Growers (UGG) elevator.
Rider Pride is everywhere in Saskatchewan.
|GO RIDERS GO!|
|Fillmore SK grain elevator and fire engine|
|Fillmore, SK grain elevators|
CreelmanThe town of Creelman, SK has two grain elevators joined by a common annex. The larger one appears to be a former SWP elevator but the smaller one is an ex Lake of the Woods Milling Company elevator!
|Creelman Lake of the Woods grain elevator|
They make quite a handsome pair.
|Creelman grain elevators|
|Stewart Southern 2237 near Stoughton, SK|