Leaving Rivers, I headed toward the former CP Lenore subdivision. This subdivision was one of those prairie branch lines that didn't make a lot of sense, being parallel to the CP Carberry subdivision and the CP Miniota subdivision, never mind the nearby CN lines.
|1926 CP Western Lines map|
I made my way to...
You can see from the photo above and the distance shot below that various parts of the elevator have been replaced with metal siding.
|Bradwardine from a distance|
I'm not sure if Lenore is still in use or not - this Flickr photo seems to indicate that it is - there is a fence around the "track" side of the elevator that is clearly meant to discourage people from wandering over there. My photos are from the road side.
You can see that the driveway has been rebuilt with modern siding but the rest of the elevator and annex appears to be original.
I was able to walk up to the original railway right-of-way and take the below photo without crossing any fences.
|Lenore and the former Lenore subdivision|
|Gulf sign, Lenore|
While shooting the elevator, I was distracted by a tree full of birds.
Now I really had to do some criss-crossing to get the remainder of the elevators.
First I had to drive down to near Virden to get the Harmsworth elevator. En route I passed right by the Virden-Hargrave elevator.
Before you ask, I have only a faint idea why it says Virden Hargrave on the side. It's clearly an ex Manitoba Pool elevator, but it's not in Virden nor in Hargrave. I guess it's near both of those.
It's adjacent to the CP Rocanville subdivision but it has no rail service.
I carried on to...
|The Harmsworth grain elevator|
Despite its appearance, this elevator is still in use. I met the owner of the elevator while I was photographing it, and he told me that there was some grain stored in it. He's quite concerned about vandalism and said that it has been vandalized twice recently. As a result, he keeps a close eye on the elevator. We had a good chat, but alas, I had to carry on before the sun set.
This elevator is also adjacent to the CP Rocanville subdivision but obviously has no rail service.
From Harmsworth it was another long drive up to the CN Rivers subdivision again, this time at Quadra.
|The Quadra grain elevator|
There are two tracks off the CN Rivers subdivision. The elevator was (is?) listed in CN's Producer Car Loader Station List with 7 car spots.
There is a lovely bend in the track between Quadra and nearby Arrow River that a few people have photographed trains at. I hung around for a bit but there was no sign of any train nor any green signals to be seen.
Here's Bill Hooper's photo at Quadra from 2003 that includes the older Manitoba Pool elevator. I think the current elevator is behind the wooden one.
I went over to Arrow River and looked down the track there, too. Nothing but some sagging but picturesque telegraph wire.
On to Cromer in the falling dark!
I had to hop on the Trans-Canada Highway again for a few minutes, then headed down route 256. On the way I took a few sunset photos. You can tell I was getting into oil country!
|Cromer at last light|
|Blue Hour at Cromer|
After Cromer, there was nothing left to do but head home. I'll wrap it up in the next post. Thanks for reading along!