Oakner

Cargill grain elevator in Oakner, MB, Apr 2016. Contributed by Steve Boyko.
Cargill grain elevator in Oakner, MB, Apr 2016. Contributed by Steve Boyko.

The Oakner grain elevator is owned by Cargill and includes an older wooden grain elevator with a newer concrete grain elevator and some steel bins.

This complex had a capacity of 14,500 tonnes and CN listed it as having between 50 and 100 car spots for loading grain.

Cargill grain elevator in Oakner, MB, Apr 2016. Contributed by Steve Boyko.
Cargill grain elevator in Oakner, MB, Apr 2016. Contributed by Steve Boyko.

In early 2018, Cargill announced they were spending up to $15 million to expand this facility to add another 9,000 tonnes of storage capacity and a 100-car rail loop. During this expansion, the wooden grain elevator was demolished. The site now has its own locomotive to move grain cars.

Manitoba Pool grain elevator in Oakner, MB, June 1994. Copyright by Donald Hamilton.
Manitoba Pool grain elevator in Oakner, MB, June 1994. Copyright by Donald Hamilton.

There was a Manitoba Pool grain elevator in Oakner, with a capacity of 5,710 tonnes of grain. It became owned by Agricore, then Viterra. By 2009 it was gone.

Oakner is served by CN via the Rivers subdivision.

There are a few houses nearby but the majority of the town of Oakner has disappeared.

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