The Copper Range In COLOR
The Following presentation of images and text are brought to you by Robert Oom
and Kevin Musser, with a lot of help from Larry Wright. These images are
from the Robert Oom Collection and are copyright in
the same way as other material located on this site (for personal use only, without
The original color slides were taken by Charles Sincock,
Rudy Maki and Bill Lohela on the dates shown. The slides were scanned using a slide
If you are looking for Part I of this series go here.
The Entire Collection
Week 1 featured color photo
Copper Range Baldwin S-12, #200. This photo was taken by Rudi
Maki in the Houghton Yard, date unknown. Many thanks to Mr. Maki for allowing me to show a
group of his great photos on this site.
Week 2 featured color photo
Keweenaw Central/Copper Range American C-2 class #29 and
ex-Burlington green commuter Coach. This beautiful photo captures an excursion
crossing Bridge #30 over Hammell Creek near Lake Linden. The photo was taken by Charles
Sincock in August 1967 during the first year of operation of the Keweenaw Central tourist
railroad. Only months after being refurbished by Clint Jones and his crew.
Week 3 featured color photo
Copper Range Roundhouse and shops, This is a photo taken by
Bill Lohela on May 10, 1974 and shows crews preparing to remove the steel turntable in the
houghton yard. To really get a good contrast go here and look
at a photo taken from the same place during the peak of operations on the Range.
Week 4 featured color photo
Copper Range Pushing Snow, This photo was taken by Charles
Sincock on Feburary 11, 1971and shows crews pushing snow at Donken with the Russell plow.
Bringing up the rear is COPR #605 (Ex- Green Bay & Western) which was a steel bay
window caboose. Snow pushing days were almost over for the Range at the time of this
Week 5 featured color photo
Copper Range freight in the Winter, This photo was taken by
Charles Sincock on Feburary 8, 1972 and shows Copper Range #100 and #101 working together
(MU-ed) to pull a freight south out of the Houghton yard. From here it is all up hill to
Atlantic Mine. I'm staying on the snow theme as there doesn't seem to be much of it this
Week 6 featured color photo
Copper Range #29 get a new life. This photo was taken by Rudi
Maki on May 26, 1967. The photos shows the Clint Jones crew working to refurbish #29 for
work on the Keweenaw Central tourist line. The work is being performed in the Houghton
yard at the roundhouse. I heard a rumor that she might be headed to North Freedom,
anyone want to verify this? That sure would be great, instead of just rotting in Ripley.
Week 7 featured color photo
The last run on the Copper Range. This photo was taken by Rudi
Maki on October 27, 1972. This date and photo are significant in the life of the Copper
Range as this is a photo of the last train to run on the Range. It was a load of wood up
the line from McKeever. The photo was, of course, shot just as the train was entering the
yard in Houghton.
Week 8 featured color photo
Pulpwood on the Copper Range. This
photo was taken by Charles Sincock on July 6, 1972. This photo almost makes me want to
model the CRRR in the diesel era. I love that pulpwood car. The
Milwaukee gons with pulpwood were cut down for gas line pipe loading from AO Smith,
Milwaukee. The removed side panel sheets and floor sheets reduced the empty
deadweight of the gons and prevented them from being diverted to other shippers. Photo was
taken near Toivola with #101 at the head.
Week 9 featured color photo
Copper Range #100 in tow. This photo was taken by Rudi Maki on
January 3, 1974. If you look very closely at the lower right hand corner you will see the
tow chain being used to haul Copper Range #100 to the Soo Line Interchange after over a
year of inactivity. #100 was on its way to "new hope" and a new life on the New
Hope and Ivyland Railroad.
Week 10 featured color photo
Russell snowplow in the Houghton yard. This photo was taken by
Charles Sincock on April 16, 1965. As the snows of '64-'65 begin to melt away the Copper
Range's Russell snowplow may get to rest until next year, well probably not in the
Keweenaw. Ralph Raffaelli related to me that riding in the snowplow and bucking the drifts
was quite a ride.
Week 11 featured color photo
McKeever Freight. This photo was taken by Charles Sincock in
June of 1963. This train is a combination of the southbound freight to McKeever and loaded
stamp sand cars destined for Freda, seen here near Mill Mine Junction.
Week 12 featured color photo
Houghton Yard. One This photo was taken by Charles Sincock on
May 31, 1968. It is hard to imagine that on this very spot today stand a row of new homes.
I would rather see the trains.
Week 13 featured color photo
Stamp sand for the Freda mill. A good view of the west end of
the Hoghton yard in this photo from the top of the diesel. This photo, taken in June of
1963 by Charles Sincock, shows a string of rock cars full of stamp sand from the old
Atlantic mill at Coles Creek. Waiting here for a time before moving to the mill in Freda.
Week 14 featured color photo
Copper Range #100. This photo was taken by Rudi Maki. No date
is listed. Here we see Copper Range #100 taking a spin on the Houghton Turntable.
Week 15 featured color photo
Copper Range on the Atlantic Sands. This photo was taken by
Charles Sincock during October of 1965. This photo shows the end of the spur the Copper
Range built to reclaim the stamp sands from the first Atlantic mill on the Portage near
Week 16 featured color photo
Copper Range pulp train. Rudi Maki left no date on this photo,
but we do know that the Copper Range added MU capability to their Baldwin's in early 1964.
This pulp train was caught near Trimountain.
Week 17 featured color photo
101 on the Houghton turntable. Taken by Rudi
Maki during October of 1964 we see COPR #101 on the Houghton turntable, not sure why
he is draging the COPR box car .
Week 18 featured color photo
100 and 101 connected for multi-unit operation.
Captured by Charles Sincock in April 1964 this photos shows COPR #100 and #101 after
being fitted with MU connections at the west end of the Houghton yard.
Week 19 featured color photo
#100 and CRRR employees say good-bye to coach
#60. Captured by Charles Sincock in May 1964 this photos shows COPR #100 and
coach #60. Although I can't be certain I would guess that Charlie took this
photo to document the movement of #60 from the Copper Range to the LS&I's Marquette
and Huron Mountain tourist line.
Please don't forget to see the photos from Part I
A weekly feature which started on 11/19/97 and was completed on 5/13/98,
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