Three old grain elevators, very photogenic ones at that, can be found in small-town Mossleigh Alberta. They’re located along a railway branch line that has been out of service for well over a decade, but as of spring 2015 hosts tourist trains coming in from nearby Aspen Crossing, just a little to the east. Some vintage rail cars stored here, associated with that same group, will be explored along with the elevators.
The town of Mossleigh was late on the scene, having been founded around 1930, concurrent with the arrival of the railway, which came in from the east. Located about an hour southeast of Calgary, today it’s a sleepy little burgh, home to a handful of people.
On to the elevators…
All three were built in 1930. At that time they belonged to the following grain firms: (in order from north to south), Searle Grain, Pioneer Grain and Parrish and Heimbecker (or simply P&H). All these companies were well known and established in the industry and each operated many grain elevators across the province.