April 2004 Photo (A Soo Line Geep drifting pass a ghost )

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By Kevin E. Musser (Admin) ( on Monday, April 05, 2004 - 9:45 pm:

Soo Line GP-40 #733 drifts along with a "full load" at the Qunicy smelter, down from Lake Linden, passing a ghost of the Copper Country. Again this month from Bruce Groeneveld we remember back to the days when at least something was running north of the bridge. The ghost in question is Copper Range Consolidation #29 (just off to the right) and she is about to get a second life and rise from the dead. The month of April is especially important as it marks the month in which Mid-Continent Railway Museum must raise the funds necessary to start #29 on the road to recovery. Help them reunite her with #25 and #60 at North Freedom. Send in your donation soon to add your support.

By Tim Lab ( on Tuesday, April 06, 2004 - 4:56 am:

Thanks for another Copper Country memory. The steam locomotive in the background is Chicago and North Western #175, a 4-6-0 type, class R1. Behind it, and out of site is Copper Range 2-8-0, number 29. These engines were owned by Trans Northern, until March of 2004, at which time the #175 transfered to Clint Jones and thr #29 was donated to Mid Continent. We're all happy to finally have something done with them.

By Mark keaton ( on Friday, April 09, 2004 - 10:49 pm:

What does Clint plan to do with #175?

By Tim Lab ( on Saturday, April 10, 2004 - 10:04 am:

The information I supplied concerning the disposition of the #175 and the #29 comes from the liquidation of Trans Northern, of which I am a member. Clint's personal concerns for the engine would be to first get it off the property. You'll have to "wait and see", after it's moved.

By Mark Keaton ( on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 11:19 pm:

I've heard of Trans Northern, but don't know what it is? Was John Zerbel ever associated?

By Tim Lab ( on Thursday, April 15, 2004 - 4:44 am:

John Zerbel was never associated with Trans Northern.

By kim ( on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 11:44 pm:

I am John Zerbel's grand daughter. It is interesting to find this on the web so many years later. Trains were his life!

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