Monday, September 17, 2012

Some Recent Grain Elevators

Some of you may know I'm a bit obsessed with grain elevators as well as trains. Heck, I have a whole grain elevator photo gallery for them. Here are a few I've seen this month.

This is the Viterra elevator at Pense, Saskatchewan, on the Canadian Pacific main line. This one is not new to me. I took this shortly after sunrise.
Pense elevator in Saskatchewan

Later that morning, I shot this grand complex in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. This Viterra elevator apparently handles mustard seed, and is served by CN off the Central Butte subdivision. The elevator dominates this area of Moose Jaw by its height, rivaled only by the Parrish-Heimbecker elevator on the other side of the Canadian Pacific yard.
The Viterra mustard elevator in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Just a bit west of Moose Jaw is this grain elevator, another Viterra property. It is basically right on the Canadian Pacific main line.
The Viterra grain elevator in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Lest you think there are only Viterra elevators in Saskatchewan, here is the Cargill elevator just outside Moose Jaw. Sorry for the blurry shot, it was a long distance photo.
Cargill grain elevator in Moose Jaw

Switching provinces, here are two views of a grain elevator complex in Maidstone, Ontario near Windsor. Until fairly recently this was served by CN off the Caso subdivision.
ADM elevator complex in Maidstone, Ontario

As I mentioned before, the Caso subdivision is now idle and the trains don't come here no more. You can see the rails are still in the ground here.
Elevator in Maidstone Ontario


Karl A. said...

What kind of critters do they have working at all those elevators?

Canadian Train Geek said...

Nothing I could see at Pense, perhaps just a car puller.

I looked in the Canadian Trackside Guide and there is nothing listed for the Moose Jaw elevators, except for the Parrish & Heimbecker one downtown that has the S-3 (blog post). Probably they have car movers / trackmobiles like a lot of places have now.