Location: Port McNicoll, Ont.
Remote Name: 126.96.36.199
Time: 04:51:10 PM
Tiffin Grain Elevator, commonly known as Tiffin No.2 was constructed in 1907-08 by John S. Metcalf Company, Engineers and Constructors of Grain Elevators, Chicago and Montreal for what was then the Grand Trunk Railway, now known as Canadian National. A smaller grain elevator, Aberdeen Elevator, operated by Aberdeen Elevator Company with interests in Chicago and served by GTR was located just to the north of Tiffin No. 2 about half a mile away. Tiffin Grain Elevator was initially constructed with a capacity of 2 million bushels. An annex was added in 1923-24 to push the capacity to some 4.6 million bushels. Grain arriving to Tiffin by ship was sent on by rail to Halifax. The elevator had three travelling marine towers about 120 feet high with three unloading legs to elevate the grain from the ships hold. A large track shed and work house were located on the opposite side of the elevator to load rail cars. If memory serves me correct I think it was 1942 that Tiffin had its busiest year handling 30 million bushels. Accompanying rail sidings, roundhouse and turntable were also constructed here. At the time of construction, Tiffin Grain Elevator was one of the most modern and effecient elevators constructed on the Lakes. The cancellation of a federal rail subsidy meant the end of almost all Georgian Bay grain elevators. Tiffin was closed in 1990 and demolition began to the structure in 1997. Housing and park areas now dot the area where Tiffin and Aberdeen elevators stood. Hope this helps. Scott
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