After visiting a few grain elevators on the CP Bredenbury subdivision, I switched over to some older elevators on the former CN Rapid City subdivision. The three I will be writing about are Beulah, Isabella and McConnell.
|The grain elevator in Beulah, Manitoba|
The office building is semi-detached and still has a Cargill sign on it, but the other side of the building shows how close this elevator has come to destruction.
|Burn marks on the side of the Beulah elevator office|
The elevator doesn't have an annex any more, but you can see the foundation where it was, and the piping that was underneath the annex to return the grain to the elevator.
|In the trench|
This elevator doesn't seem like it has a long or happy future ahead of it. Let's hope that I'm wrong about that.
|An old relic|
|The two elevators in Isabella|
|Western Canada Flour Mills Co.|
Western Canada Flour Mills had a heavy Manitoba presence in the early 1900s until the 1930s when many of its elevators were sold to the Manitoba Pool. Many of their elevators were located on Canadian Northern lines.
|Lots of WCFM elevators in Manitoba in 1911-1912!|
I'm not sure if the elevators in Isabella are used for grain storage, but there was quite a bit of farm equipment parked on the former railway right-of-way. There is a large farm nearby and the town definitely had some occupied houses, so there's still life in Isabella.
The elevators are somewhat joined in that they share a common driveway.
|Two elevators, one driveway|
It was time for another selfie.
|Selfie at Isabella|
It was time to go off road and drive to...
The ghost town of McConnell doesn't have any paved roads nearby, so it was a long drive over gravel to get there.
|Driving to McConnell|
|Grain truck and grain elevator|
|Monument to McConnell|
The monument reads: "Erected to commemorate the village of McConnell 1911-1979 and to those who lived and worked to make it the thriving community that it was. July 1983"
The Manitoba Pool "B" elevator is inside a pasture. There were some cows milling around but they paid no attention to me. I took my photos from outside the fence. Here you can see the "B" elevator, with a fairly large hole in the side, no driveway, and what I presume was the office located a fair distance away.
|McConnell Pool "B" elevator|
|McConnell Pool "A" elevator|
|The McConnell elevators|
|Cattails and grain elevators|
|Rail-eye view of the McConnell grain elevators|
That was the end of my elevator tour of the former CN Rapid City subdivision. I had already seen the other grain elevator that remains on that former subdivision, Mentmore.
From McConnell I doubled back to highway 21, then headed south through Hamiota toward Oakner, my next target.
The town of Hamiota has no grain elevators any more, but it does have this Elephant-brand fertilizer elevator.
|The Elephant brand lives!|
In the next post, we return to an active rail line, the mighty CN Rivers subdivision, for Oakner and beyond. Read on!