Monday, March 16, 2015

Waterville Railway Co. Boxcar Grain Fill

Elevator with an open pit used to fill boxcars in Douglas.  This grain unloader, as it was called on track plans, was built in 1950 by the Waterville Railway Co. to handle the wheat being trucked from Waterville.  The Waterville Railway Co. used trucks to haul wheat from the Waterville Elevators to Douglas when the line washed out in 1948.  In 1974 the Waterville Railway Co. was dissolved and assets sold off.  This unloader was sold to Central Washington Grain Growers.  The elevator tower was removed in the mid 90's.  The platform and pit are still there.  1973 photo looking north by Doug Nighswonger.

Plan view of the grain unloader from a 1968 set of track plans. 


SDP45 said...

Is this the thing that the Waterville Railway used after it started trucking wheat down from Waterville?


MB Line said...

That never occurred to me, but you are probably right. Good observation.

D Nel

MB Line said...

I looked at at set of track plans and it does say Waterville Railway Co. Grain Unloader. Good call.