Yaransk Elevator is a huge scale company. Once it was one of the biggest elevator in Russia now it’s stopped, territory is empty, buildings stay abandoned. Here is the trip inside by Russian blogger Oesolod.
Yaransk is a small town in Russia. Was founded in 1591.
However we are interested not in a town itself but in its huge abandoned grain elevator. What is elevator at all? It’s a big building to store huge amounts of wheat grain. It gets ripened inside also.
How was grain stored before elevators were invented? It was stored in huge jars, sometimes was stored in dug outs in the ground inside the pottery jars. It was most common way to store grain. In medieval times they made those dug outs in natural clay deposits, first burned fire there to firm the walls.
During next centuries they started building on-ground barns to store their grains. Starting from Tsar Ivan III they started to make national deposits of grain for emergencies in Russia. Every city got its own grain storage, big wooden barns full of grain that belonged to state.
Starting from 18th century they started to build stone graineries in Moscow.
In late 19th century they started to implement technologies in graineries. Like drying the grain, mechanical loading unloading mechanisms. Then in 1860s first elevators appeared, first in Warsaw region, then in Nikolaevsk.
In late 19th century mainly rail road companies were building elevators. They were capable of storing around 6 thousand tons of grain. The more Russia exported grain the more need for elevators appeared so state built its first elevator by Russian State Bank. At that point Russia exported 80 million tons of wheat grain. From 1912 to 1918 around forty-seven total new elevators were built that could store fifty million tons of grain. Then 1917 revolution happened.
Then first Soviet elevators appeared. In 1924 first one was built for 1000 tons of grain.
After the World War 2 the elevators weren’t built at first, just large warehouses, because they were cheaper to build.
Modern day Russia build some elevators too, but some older and bigger ones stay abandoned like this one.
Elevator is usually a complex of buildings.
Here we have four buildings. Three of them used for actual manipulations with grain and one is an administrative use.
There are plenty of smaller buildings in this complex as well. All in very bad condition.
Most of the buildings are completely empty. This one was used for silos storage.
Once it was one of the biggest elevator of the country. Huge amount of grain was stored here. White buildings for used for storage, green buildings for production.
It had its own power station, bakery, meat farm and even a small vodka plant to cater to the need of the personnel working here.
So it was actually a small town, based on elevator. It had transport and engineering network, the railroad connected it to the network of the whole country. It started working shortly before USSR collapsed.
At first crisis didn’t touch this place, and the volumes of grain were just growing. A lot of workplaces were here.
Then later new management came and sold it all piece by piece at an auction.
New owners got huge loans to rebuild the place however nothing changed here. Locals say he just cashed out the loans and ran away. But those are just rumors.
He defaulted on all loans and soon banks came an took it all. Then sold on a new auction.
New owners didn’t find anything better than to scrap every metal piece from here and sell it for scrap metal. Then sell it again and this way they earned on a scrap metal.
That’s sort of shameful fate of the biggest Russian grain elevator. Every supporting company around elevator was bankrupt too after the collapse of the main factory. The town itself became very poor.
The residential houses seem to be very small compared to the elevator. Elevator was 18 stores tall.
Some very small part of the complex is being rented and is being used now by local enterpreneurs, but its very small fraction.
Inside the elevator complex almost no objects can be found everything is sold or stolen. Rarely you can see an intact door or ventilation piece. Very abandoned atmosphere.
And this was an administrative building. Before it hosted accounting, HR, labs and management.
Before this was a lounge relax room with a fountain in the middle.
And that’s it, the object is very huge says photographer and its scale gives you an awe. Thanks to the blogger his website is below: