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The Copper Range In COLOR
The Following presentation of images and text are brought to you by Keith Pashina and Kevin Musser, with a lot of help from Larry Wright. These images are from the Keith Pashina Collection and are copyright in the same way as other material located on this site (for personal use only, without consent).
The original color slides were taken by Charles Sincock on the dates shown. The slides were scanned using a slide scanner. The color was corrected due to the poor condition of the color of these slides. They have been reproduced and enhanced here by the best Mac (I should say Larry) around.
If you are looking for Part II of this series go here.
The Entire Collection
Week 1 featured color photo
Copper Range 100 and 101 crossing bridge 41 between Beacon Hill and Edgemere with a
Week 2 featured color photo
This is my favorite of all the slides, as I have been waiting a long time to see any of these passenger cars in color. Number 60 seen here in April 1962, 3 years before being shipped to the Marquette and Huron Mountain. Sold two years later to the Keweenaw Central (tourist version). It had not seen any action since the end of war-time passenger service from 1944-1946. For more detail on #60 go here.
Week 3 featured color photo
Copper Range Caboose #1, built by Russell in 1917, in her yellow paint scheme. This picture was taken in August of 1962 in the Houghton Yard. This caboose was sold in 1972 and became a spare bedroom in Gay, Mi.
Week 4 featured color photo
Althought this is not the best photo in the world it is significant as this is the last rock train from the Champion Mine. The train is crossing Chassell road just north of #4 shaft. The Painesdale depot is shown on the left. The photo was taken on the 6th of September in 1967.
Week 5 featured color photo
Copper Range Engine #29. This, the most famous of all the Copper
Range engines is caught here in the Houghton Yard in 1963, only four years before being
sold to the Keweenaw Central Tourist line. The gentlemen on the gangway is none other than
Charles Sincock, the man responsible for taking all of these color photos.
Week 6 featured color photo
Copper Range work train. This photo shows one of the Copper Range engines hauling a trainload of stamp sand. The stamp sand is being used as ballast to raise the level of the tracks approaching the Portage bridge. Stamp sand was used quite often as ballast. This photo was taken in October of 1959. The Copper Range Freight house in the background burned three years after this photo was taken.
Week 7 featured color photo
Copper Range PS-1 box car #4013, Originally painted Mineral Brown, all the steel Copper Range box cars were painted Orange in early 1964. This is a photo of #4013 taken in May of 1964, in the Houghton yard, with a fresh coat of paint. This car was part of the last lot of cars purchased by the CRRR in 1948. The series included #4010-4032. You can still see #4014, #4018 and #4021 in Painesdale.(Well not any more, these three cars were scrapped and removed from Painesdale in August 1997.)
Week 8 featured color photo
Copper Range Diesel fleet, Even though Mr. Sincock was standing
on a box car roof to take this photo he would have had no concern that the cars might
start moving. This photo was taken during the Copper Range strike of 1961, which lasted
from the 11th of July to the 2nd of September. On this spot today stands new homes and a
waterfront park, ugh.
Week 9 featured color photo
Copper Range Inspection car;
Week 10 featured color photo
Copper Range Wood Box Car #173;
Week 11 featured color photo
Copper Range Rock Cars;
A weekly feature ending 10/14/97, brought to you by The Copper Range Railroad and Copper Country Historical