Voyage of the Cullen Bros. Elevator (May, 1949)

You don’t see that every day.

Voyage of the Cullen Bros, elevator
IN Wimbledon, N. D., the Woodworth Elevator Co. needed a new elevator, but building costs were high. In Hamar, 65 miles north across wheatlands, the old Cullen Bros, elevator was for sale. It made the 65-mile trip on timbers and wheels. Dakota’s roads are straight, its bridges strong, but Great Northern Ry. engineers looked twice, took a firmer grip on their throttles.

4 comments
  1. Stannous says: May 3, 20071:40 pm

    the perspective on the silo looks very odd- compare it to the rails or the pilings under the bridge.

  2. Charlie says: May 3, 20071:43 pm

    Don’t you dare challenge my belief!

  3. Blurgle says: May 5, 20075:38 am

    The perspective isn’t off – the grain elevator is just twisted at about a 20 degree angle. I’ve seen grain elevators moved in real life and they do look bizarre when they’re being moved, but they’re almost always loaded onto the wheels at an angle. I’m not sure why.

  4. Andrew L. Ayers says: May 15, 20101:39 am

    Maybe because they are wider than the car, so to keep things plumb (and to keep the frame from twisting, buckling, or otherwise failing from the load), putting them on the car at an angle keep the majority of the frame in contact with a flat surface. At least, that’s my guess!

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