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Grain Market at Millford
Daly House Museum, Brandon, P86-338-2

Early grain handling involved the use of sacks that were loaded by hand into a rail car from a flat warehouse or platform.
Grain Market at Millford

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Elevator Leg
Photo courtesy of Zahradnitzky Enterprises, 2003.

The invention of the elevator “leg” made efficient bulk handling possible. The railways provided financial incentives to dealers willing to build elevators. Since elevators reduced the time required to load grain, rail cars could be used much more efficiently than they could be from the platforms or warehouses.
Elevator Leg

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Grain Blockade
Saskatchewan Archives Board, Regina, R-B2969.

In the late 19th century, Western Canadian grain production had developed so much that the existing system was incapable of moving all the grain. Farmers, blaming rail car shortages that reduced the prices they could get for their grain, began complaining of a “grain blockade”.
Grain Blockade

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