Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village

Preservers of the Historic Ma & Pa Railroad

Ma & Pa Railroad Walking Tour - Grain Chute

In the ground grain chute

Looking at the ground in front of the loading door of the Grain Elevator you will see a metal plate. This covers a hopper, originally under the railroad siding, through which grain was fed into the elevator.

A farmer would shovel the grain from his wagon into the hopper. It was also possible to unload grain from railroad boxcars spotted on the siding into the hopper. A screw augur carried the grain from the hopper to the bottom of the switching tower of the elevator. Here the grain was picked up by a bucket elevator which carried it to the top of the tower where it was routed into one of the grain bins.

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