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Transportation, Railroads, Railroads, Cars, Woody Plants, Trees Copper Range train No. 103 the "Copper Range Limited" crosses over one of the three firesteel trestles enroute to Houghton and Calumet. The train consists of 6 cars including a mail and express car, baggage car, 2 coaches and 2 pullmans. [Photo of the train crossing the steel trestle.]

Scanned: January 30, 2007

Railroads - Copper Range

Railroads, Cars, Water, Lakes, Woody Plants, Trees Theyve earned their rest. There are 25 railway cars in this string but not all are shown in the photo. The Copper Range wooden coal and copper ore cars have been in service since before World War No. 1. Now they have been put out to pasture near the slag pile of the one-time Michigan smelter. The cars were purchased without sideboards. To give them greater capacity the auxiliary planks were added. Many of the cars will still be used if the lines steel cars are too few. But most are on the way out. They were especially busy during the years when the Copper Range coal dock was in use. Many is the load of coal they carried for the Wolverine, Mohawk, Champion, Trimountain, Baltic and other mines. They have also transported coal to the Atlas Powder Co. [Photo of the retired cars sitting on tracks near the lake.]

Scanned: November 21, 2007

Railroads - Soo Line

Railroads, Cars, Woody Plants, Trees, Artificial Ground - This lonely boxcar is resting on the Isle Royale Sands, originally a broad area with some 15,000,000 tons. Yet, before 1900, the sands were non-existent. Only within the past few years have freight cars been removing sand and bringing in raw materials for the manufacture of concrete blocks. The lonely Soo Line boxcar carried cement for use by the Superior Block Co., a firm which has its plant on the sands. Soon the South Shore Railroad will begin moving a considerable tonnage to ballast its tracks. [Image of a single boxcar sitting on the sands. The highway can also be seen.]

Scanned: August 27, 2007


Railroads, Cars, Transportation, Railroads, Woody Plants, Trees Copper Range Rock Train switching at Painesdale [The train travels through an area lined with trees.]

Scanned: July 24, 2007


Railroads, Cars, Transportation, Railroads, Woody Plants, Trees [The red engine of the Copper Range railroad can be seen through the trees.]

Scanned: July 24, 2007