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There are a number of ruins and preserved buildings left.  Calumet is mostly intact and is a NPS Historical Park.  It once had a population of 30,000, now just a few hundred. The Quincy mine has the headhouse and hoist house preserved and you can take an underground tour.  There is also remnants of the narrow gauge railroad on the grounds, including 2 locomotives.  There are 3 other underground mines in the region that have tours.  The smelter at Ripley is interesting to photograph.  There is much more that I can't list here. 

@colorado hirailer I am not going to be able to make it up there this year to get more. One of my dogs has cancer and we need to be here to try to get him to eat everyday. Hopefully next year I can get some more...

I have been considering making a Copper Country photo book, I will do some more research into it.



There is a Facebook group that I keep an eye on, they are working to preserve the Quincy and Torch Lake Railroad roundhouse and equipment, and periodically open the roundhouse up to the public.

https://www.facebook.com/Quinc...-RR-1622418924676383



Enjoy!!

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A lot of UP rail history activity lately!  I stumbled on the MTH DSS&A Baldwins and Alcos at Pat's Trains just in time to catch the last RS-1  #101.  (He still has 102 and both Baldwins)  I went to Duluth to the Soo Line Technical and Historical Society meeting in September and got to see the restored 101 at the Museum (not running as planned unfortunately due to an air brake issue).  Also saw the Copper Range 200 in its new paint with a rebuilt truck ready to go under it if enough money can be allocated.  There is even a new Copper Range Historical and Technical society that just started up last year.

Pat's trains is taking pre-orders for an MTH V-1000 lettered as Copper Range 200, which looks close to the S12 enough for me.    If anyone is interested, please order so Pat has enough interest to keep it coming!

I also have some DSS&A ore cars on order from Pat's, and have picked up plenty of Lionel Copper Range ore cars even though they are not a very good representation of the CR's rock cars.

I'm a native Yooper and have a few slides I took around the Copper Range yard just after it closed down, including the 200, cabooses and the Russel snow plow.  Too young to remember DSS&A paint, but did ride the Copper Country Limited a few times behind Milwaukee power.

I just found the brown NMRRC Copper Range box car on Ebay to go with the orange one I already have - now I really have to get on my long planned kit bashing spree, cutting up Lionel wood side cabooses to make more appropriate Soo, DSS&A and COPR cabooses than have been available.  Hopefully I will have some pics to share by spring.

@Sherwood posted:

A lot of UP rail history activity lately!  I stumbled on the MTH DSS&A Baldwins and Alcos at Pat's Trains just in time to catch the last RS-1  #101.  (He still has 102 and both Baldwins)  I went to Duluth to the Soo Line Technical and Historical Society meeting in September and got to see the restored 101 at the Museum (not running as planned unfortunately due to an air brake issue).  Also saw the Copper Range 200 in its new paint with a rebuilt truck ready to go under it if enough money can be allocated.  There is even a new Copper Range Historical and Technical society that just started up last year.

Pat's trains is taking pre-orders for an MTH V-1000 lettered as Copper Range 200, which looks close to the S12 enough for me.    If anyone is interested, please order so Pat has enough interest to keep it coming!

I also have some DSS&A ore cars on order from Pat's, and have picked up plenty of Lionel Copper Range ore cars even though they are not a very good representation of the CR's rock cars.

I'm a native Yooper and have a few slides I took around the Copper Range yard just after it closed down, including the 200, cabooses and the Russel snow plow.  Too young to remember DSS&A paint, but did ride the Copper Country Limited a few times behind Milwaukee power.

I just found the brown NMRRC Copper Range box car on Ebay to go with the orange one I already have - now I really have to get on my long planned kit bashing spree, cutting up Lionel wood side cabooses to make more appropriate Soo, DSS&A and COPR cabooses than have been available.  Hopefully I will have some pics to share by spring.

Hi Sherwood, so you're the one that beat me to that Copper Range boxcar! It's okay, I already have one of each.

BTW, have you seen the Upper Peninsula Lake Superior area O gauge Facebook group?  A lot of like minded people there.  The Copper Range Baldwin is almost sold out so if anyone else is interested you better move fast!  The Northern Michigan RR Club has a few of the Copper Range beer reefers left.

I'm also in the Copper Range Historical and Technical Society, I was helping man the booth at Milwaukee TrainFest.

If you still live in the UP I live in Michigamme right near the former DSSA line (now CN).

Pat has been very good to us Yooper railfans.  He's taken on the smaller obscure roads and given us the first motive power manufactured in O Gauge for the LS&I and the DSS&A.  Having both the Baldwins and Alcos produced for the South Shore is especially exciting.  The Baldwins will be delivered by MTH shortly to Pat.  Additionally it should be noted that Mr. Muffin is running the Baldwin Soo Line bandits in DSS&A paint.  That will make for a fun mixed consist at the time of the takeover.

The Copper Range Baldwin project will look even better than what you see on Pat's website.  There have been other refinements that will make it even closer to the prototype.  A custom soundset will also be loaded to this model.

Like John said, don't miss out on getting a set of the Rheingold reefers in Copper Range Railroad from the Northern Michigan Railroad Club.   http://www.nmrrc.org  If you buy a two car set I'll send you a free LS&I ore car at my expense.

It's great to know that there are other modelers interested in the rich railroad history of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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Hi John. You were nice enough to give my family a tour of your ship a few years ago. Thanks again.

On another note, I would assume I would run into you at the michigamme market sometime. I'm down there all the time. I own the big pit on the corner of Imperial Heights Road and Fence grade. Michigamme Materials. We've been working on a big job on  Dutchman's point off of Cardinal Red Road. We have about five hundred loads to bring in. We have got 230 in now. Had to shut it down for the year. Although I take care of all the snow plowing out there. I'm sure I'll run into you. Thanks again for the tour. Matt

Guess I will have to break down and join facebook for its positive attributes...I'm missing out on too many railroad information opportunities, especially on the modeling side.

The Narrow Guage and Shortline Gazette has had a few articles on UP themes, including a recent one on Pat Thoney's Quincy and Torch Lake layout operations in the Sept/Oct 2022 issue, and a couple articles on a freelanced narrow guage Yooper mine module in the July / August and Sept/Oct 2020 issues.  There is also a Facebook page for this Quincy and Torch Lake Railroad model.

As mentioned by JayJay in an older "Yooper Railroads?" thread, the late Kevin Musser's Copper Range website is still available, and has a lot of prototype pictures, as well as his Copper Range modeling efforts.  http://www.copperrange.org/index.html

The "Miscowaubik" magazine from the Copper Range Historical and Technical Society had an article on modeling opportunities for the locomotives in winter 2022 issue, and will have one on snowplows an upcoming issue.

Hi everyone!

I made it back up to the Keweenaw this fall, and visited the Redridge steel dam, went back to Quincy, and drove around a little more. I ordered and received a Rheingold reefer from the NMRRC, and will be receiving a Milwaukee rd snowplow from Atlas and a LS&I ore car from RMT, thanks to Mom and Dad! My parents and Grandma just ordered a MTH Copper range #200 from Pats trains for me as a Christmas gift! (With me chipping in a little to) Hoping for some more neat special runs and continuing my modeling and research/exploring efforts! Will post pics hopefully in the morning when our satellite internet is working better.



P.S.

Not U.P., but I also picked up a Pere Marquette boxcar from Lionel, as well as a MTH hopper and gondola for Ann Arbor

Hi everyone!

I made it back up to the Keweenaw this fall, and visited the Redridge steel dam, went back to Quincy, and drove around a little more. I ordered and received a Rheingold reefer from the NMRRC, and will be receiving a Milwaukee rd snowplow from Atlas and a LS&I ore car from RMT, thanks to Mom and Dad! My parents and Grandma just ordered a MTH Copper range #200 from Pats trains for me as a Christmas gift! (With me chipping in a little to) Hoping for some more neat special runs and continuing my modeling and research/exploring efforts! Will post pics hopefully in the morning when our satellite internet is working better.



P.S.

Not U.P., but I also picked up a Pere Marquette boxcar from Lionel, as well as a MTH hopper and gondola for Ann Arbor

Wow!  Good for you!  I'm glad that you were able to get the Copper Range Baldwin before they sold out.  Have you looked at the Upper Peninsula Lake Superior Region O gauge Facebook group yet?

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