Russell

Grain elevator in Russell, MB, Apr 2016. Contributed by Steve Boyko.
Grain elevator in Russell, MB, Apr 2016. Contributed by Steve Boyko.

The Russell grain elevator is a former Manitoba Pool elevator located on the Trans-Canada trail. This elevator has a capacity of 4,760 tonnes and is owned by Fairfield Land and Cattle.

The grain elevator in Russell, MB, Apr 2016. Contributed by Steve Boyko.
The grain elevator in Russell, MB, Apr 2016. Contributed by Steve Boyko.

March 20, 1996 was the day of the last train to load grain from this elevator. The CN line was abandoned shortly after that.

Other Elevators

Other grain elevators in Russell were:

  • Northern, built 1902-1904 period; served by CP
  • Imperial, built 1902-1904 period; served by CP; burned
  • Farmers, built 1902, 40,000 bushels capacity; purchased by UGG in 1917; served by CP
  • UGG, built 1965; served by CP
  • Lake of the Woods; served by CP
  • Western Canada Flour Mills Company, built 1908; purchased by Manitoba Pool in 1953 and had annex added; served by CN

Railways in Russell

CPR train station and grain elevators in Russell, MB, early 1900s
CPR train station and grain elevators in Russell, MB, early 1900s

At one time, the town of Russell was served by both CN and CP.

The CP Russell subdivision ran from Binscarth to Inglis, with Russell being roughly in the middle of the subdivision and crossing over the CN line.

CNR train station, Russell, 1912
CNR train station, Russell, 1912

The CN Rossburn subdivision ended very close to the grain elevator, where it joined with the CN Tonkin subdivision. Russell was a CN division point and had a station, roundhouse (destroyed by fire in 1928) and a water tank.

CN locomotives at Russell, MB. Contributed by Marc Simpson.
CN locomotives at Russell, MB. Contributed by Marc Simpson.

None of these rail lines exist any more.

CN 1604 in Russell, MB, March 1996. Copyright by Clayton Chaloner.
CN 1604 in Russell, MB, March 20, 1996. Copyright by Clayton Chaloner.

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