Friday, May 30, 2008

Cardstock Elevators From Drumheller Region Pt 2

Taylor Siding had an interesting history. Before the elevator was built, a farmer originally had a long pipe which went from the top of the valley to the bottom where the grain was collected to be loaded onto rail cars by a loading platform. Later, Alberta Pacific built this lone elevator. The siding is still there today, and can be found by going south of Drumheller on Highway 9, and turning south on the Dalum road. This elevator was on the CNR line. 

This elevator is still located at Rosedale, about 6 miles east of Drumheller on the CNR line.

These two elevators were located at Wayne, which can be reached by going S of Rosedale on Highway 10X. These two elevators, plus part of Wayne were destroyed in a terrible fire in 1980.

Cardstock Elevators From Drumheller Region Pt 1

These are card stock version of the grain elevators which used to grace the sky of the Drumheller Region.

These elevators are from Beynon, which is on the CNR line, about 12 miles or so from Drumheller. The UGG (left) and Alberta Wheat Pool (right) were seen in the 1978 movie "Superman". The Alberta Wheat Pool was torn down, but the UGG elevator and the tall annex were moved out of the valley to new locations north of Beynon.

Alberta Wheat Pool with twin annexes, Alberta Wheat Pool with twin elevator and annex, and UGG with Annex were all located in Drumheller. The last elevator (the UGG) was torn down in 2001. 

If you travel west of Drumheller, and turned south down a back road east of the Bleriot Ferry turnoff, you would have come by these two elevators, which were located at Dunphy. The Parrish & Heimbecker and Alberta Wheat Pool were torn down years ago, and all that is pretty much left of the community is the little cemetery. These elevators were on the CPR line from Drumheller to Acme.

Adjacent to the Atlas Coal Mine Tipple in East Coulee (about 10 miles SE of Drumheller on Highway 10) was an Alberta Pacific elevator, with two annexes. This elevator was torn down in the early 1980's, and was located to the NE of the mine tipple. 

The Alberta Pacific elevator at Dorothy is still standing today, and is located about 8 miles SE of East Coulee.

Kirkpatrick was located on the CPR line which used to run west of Drumheller to Acme. This elevator, without the annexes is still standing, and is located on the south dinosaur trail.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Rowley Elevator Under Repair

I was out at Rowley today... and am happy to report that the elevators roofs are being re-shingled. They are not wasting any time on getting this started!

Looking at the Alberta Wheat Pool from the North West... you can see two cranes with a couple of men working on the North roof.

Re-shingling the driveway on the Alberta Wheat Pool / UGG Twin driveway!

Looking into the AWP/UGG twin driveway. You can barely see the old original pneumatic lifting platform which used to lift trucks so they could unload grain. The Searle elevator to the north also had one of these, but it appears to be missing.

This is the lifting leg for the UGG twin elevator. (Actually, this is the first time I have ever seen a twin elevator setup... very interesting!)

These supports are underneath the Alberta Wheat Pool elevator... first time I have ever seen a system like this.

It's great to see these two (technically three) elevators being restored!