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I was driving down from Saskatoon to Moose Jaw, and making stops along the way in places like Davidson, Craik, and Aylesbury to take in the interesting power. Pictured here in Craik is M&ET 608, now belonging to the Last Mountain Railway, which is a subsidiary of Mobil Grain. I am not sure how often this unit gets used, if at all - the weeds had grown up a bit around it when I was by. Hopefully someone can comment and confirm one way or another. This unit formerly belonged to the Modesto & Empire Traction Company, a shortline in California. The elevator pictured is an old Pool elevator that appears to be getting some work done to it in the form of new siding and a new roof. I'd rather the old look, but like I said with the repainted elevator in Verwood, "hey, at least it's still standing." Also pictured in the shot are Saskatchewan hoppers which have been purchased by Big Sky Rail (also a subsidiary of Mobil Grain) and now lettered MGLX. They were one of three shortlines to purchases the remaining 898 hoppers from the fleet in 2017, acquiring 663 of them. Great Western Railway purchased 150, and Great Sandhills Railway purchased 85. You can also see some MOW equipment in the shot, and a section crew was working not too far south of here just outside of town. Nice to see these old lines getting some love.
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Caption: I was driving down from Saskatoon to Moose Jaw, and making stops along the way in places like Davidson, Craik, and Aylesbury to take in the interesting power. Pictured here in Craik is M&ET 608, now belonging to the Last Mountain Railway, which is a subsidiary of Mobil Grain. I am not sure how often this unit gets used, if at all - the weeds had grown up a bit around it when I was by. Hopefully someone can comment and confirm one way or another. This unit formerly belonged to the Modesto & Empire Traction Company, a shortline in California.

The elevator pictured is an old Pool elevator that appears to be getting some work done to it in the form of new siding and a new roof. I'd rather the old look, but like I said with the repainted elevator in Verwood, "hey, at least it's still standing." Also pictured in the shot are Saskatchewan hoppers which have been purchased by Big Sky Rail (also a subsidiary of Mobil Grain) and now lettered MGLX. They were one of three shortlines to purchases the remaining 898 hoppers from the fleet in 2017, acquiring 663 of them. Great Western Railway purchased 150, and Great Sandhills Railway purchased 85.

You can also see some MOW equipment in the shot, and a section crew was working not too far south of here just outside of town. Nice to see these old lines getting some love.

Photographer:
James Knott [242] (more) (contact)
Date: 08/24/2019 (search)
Railway: Last Mountain Railway (search)
Reporting Marks: M&ET 608 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Craik Sub (search)
City/Town: Craik (search)
Province: Saskatchewan (search)
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5 Comments
  1. The green SKNX/SKPX repaints were a curious use of tax payer dollars. No sooner had the fancy flower scheme been applied than the province decided to sell the rolling billboards. Guess they’re still serving the purpose!

  2. For those with an interest in Work Equipment, the tie handling crane at the left of the frame is ex-CN 467-90 a Pyke model HC 4000, sn 9608, built in 1996, and delivered new to CN at Belleville, ON on April 18, 1996.
    Unit 323 the tie handling crane partially visible at the right of the frame is ex-CP 5102-06 a Jackson model 950 machine built in 1998. :-)

  3. Thanks Larry. I like those hoppers a lot too.

    Jacob, I believe they are for hoisting equipment.

  4. I’ve seen this on other elevators but I still wonder, why the isolated door so high up?

    Love the array of colours in this image.

  5. Great reading and photo James. That Sask. green is my favourite paint job of the many that you painted on these cars. With siding like that, it should extend the life of the building for a number of years, which is excellent news. :-)

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