Monday, May 31, 2010

Parrish and Heimbecker

Parrish & Heimbecker Elevator in Moose Jaw, SK
I was in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan recently and I couldn't help but notice Parrish & Heimbecker's massive elevator in downtown Moose Jaw. I like grain elevators, but this massive concrete structure is not exactly a thing of beauty!
Parrish and Heimbecker Elevator in Moose Jaw, SK
P&H is celebrating its 101st year of operation as a private, family-owned business. They have about 40 locations featuring elevators, sidings, and terminals.

What really caught my eye was P&H's switcher, #8454. This is a loco with a story! It was built by MLW as an S-3 as CN 8454 in January 1952. It was eventually sold to Manitoba Paper in April 1963, then it went to Pine Falls Paper, then to Railside Locomotive Services. RLS leased it to the Prairie Dog Central when the steam engine died. In August 2005 it went to P&H.
Parrish and Heimbecker 8454 in Moose Jaw, SK
Pretty, isn't it? There are lots of photos of this unit on the web.


Rick said...

This is now sold in April of 2015 to Aspen Crossing to pull an excursion train at Mossleigh, AB!about-the-train/c3qt

Full Engine story!Welcome-Home-Engine-8454/c46i/55451c050cf23d01646aa910

Rick M

Steve Boyko said...

Thanks, Rick! I saw it at Aspen Crossing back in June. They also acquired a CP GP9 that they were using for the excursion train.