Gray, Riceton, Estlin diorama
(also a kids' colouring table)
There are satellite images (2013) of each of Gray, Estlin and Riceton. The photo is comparable in scale to the elevator structures for each town. These railroad track areas have been created for three different eras. Each includes elevator replicas (thanks to Jim Pearson Vanishing Sentinels) and model trains depicting the relevant time period.
Gray’s plain elevator cut-outs are what was originally constructed for the early farmers – probably the years from 1911 until the late 1930’s. Riceton depiction illustrates these same structures with annexes and sheds built on to provide additional storage and function over the next thirty years. Estlin’s elevators show how large the facilities became prior to the rail line closure in the 1990’s. Engines and rail cars have been included on the tracks – era and model are correct - although company identifiers may not have been on our line. There is even a ‘skunk’ passenger train – as of 1926 a daily opportunity to get to Regina (although you couldn’t return until the next morning).
Note that the Gray layout is the opposite view of the other two communities - you can get a good view of 'the Skunk' - our local passenger train that had a bit of an odor (due to the oil engine) each time it visited our community.
Gray Owner Listing
Labels list each home owner that we have public record of from early settlers to present day. A nice reminder of who came before. Updates/edits appreciated.