Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

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.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

Yaransk is a small town in Russia. Was founded in 1591.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

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.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

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.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

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.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

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.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

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.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

Then first Soviet elevators appeared. In 1924 first one was built for 1000 tons of grain.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

After the World War 2 the elevators weren’t built at first, just large warehouses, because they were cheaper to build.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

Modern day Russia build some elevators too, but some older and bigger ones stay abandoned like this one.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

Elevator is usually a complex of buildings.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

Here we have four buildings. Three of them used for actual manipulations with grain and one is an administrative use.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

There are plenty of smaller buildings in this complex as well. All in very bad condition.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

Most of the buildings are completely empty. This one was used for silos storage.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

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.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

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.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

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.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

At first crisis didn’t touch this place, and the volumes of grain were just growing. A lot of workplaces were here.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

Then later new management came and sold it all piece by piece at an auction.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

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.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

He defaulted on all loans and soon banks came an took it all. Then sold on a new auction.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

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.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

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.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

The residential houses seem to be very small compared to the elevator. Elevator was 18 stores tall.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

Some very small part of the complex is being rented and is being used now by local enterpreneurs, but its very small fraction.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

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.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

And this was an administrative building. Before it hosted accounting, HR, labs and management.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

Before this was a lounge relax room with a fountain in the middle.

Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia

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:

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6 thoughts on “Abandoned Wheat Elevator Grainery That Was Biggest in Russia”

  1. Another example of what the individual greed in capitalistic societies is incapable to do anything positive for society. The ownership of basic food, water and sources and ground should always be in the hands of the public…

  2. I enjoyed this posting,i find it interesting, i can’t help think about all the people affected by it’s closing.Sad.

  3. You wanted capitalism. You got it. gorbachev made sure of that. Another gigantic tragedy that befell all Slavic countries that subsequently fell to capitalistic mobsters because of gorbachev and his belazheva gang.

    • Soviet Union was doomed to failure due to constant cronyism and corruption at all levels. Yes, there is still corruption in Russia but now its not hidden and everyone knows about it.

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