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Kevin E. Musser


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Copper Range Steam Roster & Photos

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A Boose photo of #26 in action at Houghton in August 29, 1939.
From the Felstead Collection. Kindly provided by Paul Meier

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Total number of engines running on the Copper Range by year

 

The following is a list of engines owned by the Copper Range Railroad. This list does not include the diesel fleet of 3 loco's as that was not the Copper Range I want to remember. Two of these diesel's engines 100 and 101 should not be confused with the last two entries on this table. The ones on this chart are steam only. If you really want to see the Diesel roster go here.

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The Copper Range purchased engines from 1899 until 1917. At this time they were running 23 engines until they started scrapping engines in the later 20's.

Only #29 survives today at Mid-Continent Railway Museum in North Freedom Wisconsin. It was used for a short time for the Keweenaw Central, a tourist railroad that ran in the Keweenaw in the 60's and ended in 1971.

 

Steam power was the backbone of the Copper Range. During the peak of operations the Range operated one engine for about every 3 miles of mainline track. It is no wonder they never made any money.

 

Many thanks to Ray Buhrmaster for the creation of this list.

The Steam Roster of the Copper Range Railroad

 

Number

Type 

Class 

Builder

Date

Const # Cyl-driver Weight Notes
1 0-6-0  S-1  Baldwin 9/1899 16995 19x24-51 74 Tons 1
3 0-6-0  S-2 Alco-Schen 11/1907 43288 19x26-50 80 Tons 2
5 2-8-0  --  Baldwin 3/1901 18777 19x24-50 ? 3
21 2-8-0  C-1  Baldwin 8/1899 16947 21x28-56 96 Tons 4
22 2-8-0  C-1  Baldwin 12/1899 17293 21x26-56 96 Tons 5
23 (1st) 2-8-0  C-1 Baldwin 12/1899 17294 21x26-56 ? 6
23 (2nd) 2-8-0  C-2 Alco-Dickson 5/1902 26290 22x26-50 98 Tons 7
24 2-8-0 C-2 Alco-Dickson 5/1902 26291 22x26-50 98 Tons 8
25 2-8-0 C-2S Alco-Schen 11/1911 43286 22x26-50 98 Tons 9
26 2-8-0  C-2 Alco-Schen 4/1903 28392 22x26-50 98 Tons 10
27 2-8-0  C-2S  Alco-Schen 9/1904 29933 22x26-50 98 Tons 11
28 2-8-0  C-2  Alco-Dickson 8/1906 40346 22x26-50 98 Tons 12
29 2-8-0  C-2  Alco-Schen 2/1907 42535 22x26-50 98 Tons 13
30 2-8-0  C-2  Alco-Schen 11/1907 43287 22x26-50 98 Tons 14
50 2-6-0  M-1  Alco-Schen 8/1902 26409 20x26-50 88 Tons 15
51 4-6-0  T-1  Baldwin 12/1899 17272 19x26-62 79 Tons 16
52 (1st) 4-6-0 T-1 Baldwin 12/1899 17273 19x26-68 ? 17
52 (2nd) 4-4-0  A-1  Schenectady 7/1901 6205 18x24-64 59 Tons 18
53 2-6-0 -- Dickson 1882 353 18x24-57 ? 19
54 2-6-0 -- Dickson 1881 325 18x24-57 ? 20
55 2-6-0  M-1  Alco-Schen 5/1903 28393 20x26-62 88 Tons 21
56 2-6-0  M-1 Alco-Schen 5/1903 28394 20x26-62 88 Tons 22
57 2-6-0  M-1 Alco-Schen 10/1903 29393 20x26-62 88 Tons 23
58 2-6-0  M-1 Alco-Schen 9/1904 29394 20x26-62 88 Tons 24
59 2-6-0  M-1  Alco-Schen 9/1904 29932 20x26-62 88 Tons 25
60 2-6-0  M-1 Alco-Schen 11/1907 43285 20x26-62 88 Tons 26
100(1st) 4-4-0 -- Baldwin 10/1881 5847 17x24-62 ? 27
100(2nd) 2-8-0 C-3S Alco-Pittsburgh 12/1917 58278 22x28-50 100 Tons 28
101(1st) 4-4-0 -- Baldwin 7/1881 5714 17x24-62 ? 29
101(2nd) 2-8-0  C-3S  Alco-Pittsburgh 12/1917 58279 22x28-50 100 Tons 30
102 4-4-0 -- Taunton 1/1882 829 17x24-62 ? 31
 

Notes:

1) #1 was retired 1/28; sold 11./35 to J.B. Markus & Co. Ripley (Hancock), Mi. for scrap
2) #3 was retired 8/39; scrapped 3/47 by Copper Range
3) #5 was Ex - Atlantic & Lake Superior #7, CR (1st) #25, renumbered to #5, sold 10/12 to Manistique & Lake Superior as #8, later renumbered to #2380
4) #21 was retired 7/20; sold 7/20 to Peter E. Meager, Duluth, MN, resold? to Mexico, wrecked enroute, scrapped
5) #22 was retired 7/20; sold 7/20 to Peter E. Meager, Duluth, MN, resold? to Mexico, wrecked enroute, scrapped
6) #23(1st) was never used; sold to Pittsburgh & Western #71, later B&O #1545
7) #23(2nd) was retired 4/47; sold 4/47 to West End Iron & Metal Co. Duluth, MN for scrap
8) #24 was retired 7/35; sold 7/35 to J.B. Markus & Co. Ripley (Hancock), Mi. for scrap
9) #25 was retired 7/35; sold 3/55 to Klatzky Bros. Houghton, Mi for scrap
10) #26 was retired 4/53; sold 3/55 to Klatzky Bros. Houghton, Mi for scrap
11) #27 was equipped with Southern Valve Gear, retired 9/51; sold 3/55 to Klatzky Bros. Houghton, Mi for scrap
12) #28 was retired 12/38; scrapped 1941-42 by Copper Range
13) #29 was retired 4/53, stored at Houghton roundhouse; sold 1967 to Keweenaw Central (2nd); to Mid Continent Railway Historical Society 5/2004
14) #30 was equipped with Southern Valve Gear; retired 4/47; sold 4/47 to J.H. Green & Co. Ripley (Hancock), Mi. for scrap
15) #50 was retired 7/35; sold 7/35 to J.B. Markus & Co. Ripley (Hancock), Mi. for scrap
16) #51 was retired 11/22; sold 11/22 to Harry P. Bourke, Excanaba, Mi.; resold to Northwestern Cooperage & Lumber Co., Gladstone, Mi.
17) #52(1st) was sold to Pittsburgh & Western #252, later B&O #286 class B-25
18) #52(2nd) was retired 1/28; sold 9/36 to J.B. Markus & Co. Ripley (Hancock), Mi.; to Stratton Lumber Co., Atlantic Mine, Mi?
19) #53 was ex DL&W #286; sold 1906 to Keweenaw Central #1
20) #54 was ex DL&W #339; sold 10/1/06 to Keweenaw Central #52
21) #55 was retired 7/35; sold 7/35 to J.B. Markus & Co. Ripley (Hancock), Mi. for scrap
22) #56 was equipped with Southern Valve Gear; retired 8/39; sold 1/47 to M.S. Kaplan Co. Chicago, Il. for scrap
23) #57 was retired 7/35; sold 7/35 to J.B. Markus & Co. Ripley (Hancock), Mi. for scrap
24) #58 was retired 12/46; sold 2/47 to J.B. Markus & Co. Ripley (Hancock), Mi. for scrap; shipped to Duluth for scrapping. (Only CR loco to wear the CR logo on the tender.)
25) #59 was retired 7/35; sold 7/35 to J.B. Markus & Co. Ripley (Hancock), Mi. for scrap
26) #60 was retired 7/35; sold 7/35 to J.B. Markus & Co. Ripley (Hancock), Mi. for scrap
27) #100(1st) was ex Northern Pacific #844, acquired 10/1899 via J.T. Gardner; sold to Townsend Reed & Co. Railroad Builders
28) #100(2nd) was equipped with Southern Valve Gear; retired 3/47, sold 3/47 to Hyman Michaels Co. Chicago, IL for scrap
29) #101(1st) was ex Northern Pacific #817, acquired 10/1899 via J.T. Gardner; sold 1906 to Keweenaw Central #101
30) #101(2nd) was equipped with Southern Valve Gear, retired 3/47; sold 3/47 to J.H. Green & Co. Ripley (Hancock), Mi. for scrap
31) #102 was ex Northern Pacific, acquired 10/1899 via J.T. Gardner; sold 1906 to Keweenaw Central #102

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Here is my builder's photo of #29 and a photo taken in August 1946 of #29 in McKeever, shown here at the time of reinstatment of passenger service on the Copper Range, looking a great deal different 39 years later.  #29 was retired 7 years later only to return as #29 on the tourist line Keweenaw Central. (Kevin Musser Collection)