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Copyright 1996-2005
Kevin E. Musser

 

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Complete Equipment Roster for the
Copper Range Railroad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a list of all the equipment owned by the Copper Range Railroad from 1899 until 1972. I am sure it is not 100% correct at this time. My focus has been pre 1920 so my post 20's is a little weak. I would like to make it 100% complete with your help, so we can all be right. If you have corrections or additions please contact me here (Kevin Musser)

List compiled by Kevin E. Musser with help from: Michigan Tech Archives, 
Interstate Commerce Commission, R.W. Buhrmaster, Tim O'Connor, John F. Campbell, 
Leon Schaddelee, Dennis H. Leopold and Floyd Schmidt

LAST UPDATED: 3/1/04
Kevin E. Musser



Copper Range frieght near Mill Mine Junction (Charles Sincock Photo)

Index

Box Cars
Flat Cars
Gondola Cars
Hopper (Rock) Cars
Refrigerator / Insulated Cars
Cabooses
Passenger Cars
M.O.W. / Other
Steam Roster
Diesel Roster









 

BOX CARS

Numbers

Total

Manufacturer

Date Built

Lot/Build
Number

Construction

Capacity
(Lbs)

Notes

101-150

50

Pullman

11/1899

 

34' Wood body 
and
underframe

60,000

All with Large
CopperRange
font (not RR roman)
on side

100-118
Note A

11

Pullman

1900
Renumbered

 

34' Wood body 
and
underframe

60,000

#118 painted for
Scheurermann
Brewery.
Others Large font

139-150
Note B

11

Pullman

1910
Renumbered

 

34' Wood body 
and
underframe

60,000

#150 Painted for
Scheurermann
Brewery.

Others Small font

Another photo of either #118 or #150

151-160
Note C

10

American Car
& Foundry

1903

 

34' Wood body 
and
underframe

60,000

#153 Photo

161-170
Note C

10

American Car
& Foundry
(AC&F)

1904

 

34' Wood body 
and
underframe

60,000

#161 Photo

171-180

10

C.M.&St.P. Ry

1912

 

42' Wood body
and
Steel underframe

80,000

#180 half insulated

181-195

15

C.M&St.P. Ry.

1913

 

42' Wood body
and
Steel underframe

80,000

#182 half insulated

4000-4009

10

Pullman

1941

 

Steel

100,000

 

4010-4032

22

Pullman

1948

2 lots

Steel

100,000

#4018 Photo
#4013 Photo 1
#4013 Photo 2
#4024 Photo

Note A: 39 of the first 50 cars were sold off by McKeever in 1900. The remaining cars were renumbered 100-118.
Note B: Cars 100-118 were renumbered in 1910 to 139-150. Also see Note C for car #135
Note C: Almost all of these cars were turned into Wood Rack Cars by 1930. #135, they were a bit shorter in width and height. 145,146,154,155,167 had the roofs and doors removed and had 1"x4" maple boards spaced 3" apart in the door openings. #152, 156, 157, 165, 166, 169, 170 had their roofs and doors removed. Sides and ends cut off to the belt rail and had posts made of 4"x4"x8' belted to the outside of the car and to which were nailed maple boards of different lengths.

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Flat Cars

Numbers

Total

Manufacturer

Build
Date

Lot/Build
Number

Construction

Capacity
(Lbs)

Notes

1001-1100

100

Pullman

1899

 

Wood

60,000

 

1101-1119

20

AC&F

1903

 

Wood

60,000

 

1200-1224

25

AC&F

1906

 

Wood

60,000

Photo 1223

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Gondola Cars

Numbers

Total

Manufacturer

Build
Date

Lot/Build
Number

Construction

Capacity
(Lbs)

Notes

1011-1085

9

Pullman

1899

 

Wood body 
and
underframe

60,000

Not sure
why they overlap
with the Flat cars?

1121-1125

5

AC&F

1903

 

Wood body 
and
underframe

60,000

Photo 1121

1126

1

C.M&St.P. Ry.

1906

 

Wood body 
and
underframe

60,000

 

1127-1130

4

AC&F

1907

 

Wood body 
and
underframe

60,000

 

1131
1132
1133

3

AC&F

?

 

Wood

60,000

Side dump
Another view

1134-1146

13

AC&F

1910

 

Wood body 
and
underframe

60,000

 

1148-1152

5

AC&F

1912

 

41' 9" Wood body 
and
underframe

60,000

Coal Gondolas by 1919

1209
1215
1220

3

AC&F

1906

 

Wood body 
and
underframe

60,000

 

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Hopper Cars (Rock Cars)
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Numbers

Total

Manufacturer

Build
Date

Lot/Build
Number

Construction

Capacity
(Lbs)

Notes

2000-2004
(even)

3

Pressed Steel
Car Co.

1900

 

Steel

100,000

 

2006-2044
(even)

20

AC&F

1901

 

Wood

80,000

 

2046-2192

72

AC&F

1902

 

Wood

80,000

 

2196-2304

52

AC&F

1903

 

Wood

80,000

Photo #2280

2306-2354

25

AC&F

1904

 

Wood

80,000

 

2001-2019
(odd)

10

Pressed Steel
Car Co.

1905

 

22' Steel

100,000

 

2021-2039
(odd)

10

Pressed Seel
Car Co.

1906

 

22' Steel

100,000

Photo #2027

2356-2504

74

AC&F

1907

 

Wood

80,000

 

2600-2649

50

AC&F

1917

8427

Wood

80,000

Photo #2649

3000-3049

50

Western Steel Car
& Foundry Co.

1916

 

Steel

100,000

Photo #3004

3050-3074

25

Western Steel Car
& Foundry Co.

?

 

Steel

100,000

 

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Refrigerator / Insulated Cars

Numbers

Total

Manufacturer

Build
Date

Lot/Build
Number

Construction

Capacity
(Lbs)

Notes

140
954-959

7

Pullman

1899

 

33' Wood

#958, #959 -
34' long

60,000

Insulated box cars
See Note B above 

Photo of #957 painted for Bosch

950-953

4

AC&F

1910

5630

36' Wood

60,000

#951 had 6 hatches
#953 Photo

960

1

C.M.&St.P. Ry.

1899

 

36' 9" Wood

60,000

 

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Cabooses

Number

Builder

Build
Date

Overall
Length

Description

Disposition

Notes

Cost
($)

01
(1st)

Copper Range?

1899

?

8-wheel

?

   

01
(2nd)

Russell?

9-1917

30'

8-wheel
Steel Underframe
Yellow Pine body

Sold body only
for Gay, Mi
camp (7-72)

8 window cuploa
Stove
Toilet
Photo

2,177

02

Copper Range

1902

34'

8-wheel
Wood body and
Underframe

Scrap to B. Markus
9-1936

 Photo

1,034

03

Pullman?

11-1899

34'

8-wheel
Wood body and
Underframe

Sold to J.H. Green
(7-1939)

Side Baggage Door

1,037

04
(1st)

Pullman

1899

40'

8-wheel

Sold to
Ontonagon RR

   

04
(2nd)

AC&F

1902

 

4-wheel

 

Lot #2510
Photo

 

04
(3rd)

CRRR

1917

30'

8-wheel
Steel Underframe
Yellow Pine body

Destroyed in
Houghton Car shop
fire (8-6-60)

8 window cuploa
Stove
Toilet

2,177

05
(4 wheel)

AC&F

7-1903

?

4-wheel
Wood body and
Underframe

Scrap to B. Markus
9-1936

Renumberd to
012 (10/17)

762

05

Russell?

10-1917

30'

8-wheel
Steel Underframe
Yellow Pine

Sold to Ferris Denniss
Atlantic Mine
(Displayed in backyard)
Gazette article
(10-1972)

Side Baggage door
added by CRRR
8 window cuploa 
Stove
Toilet

Photo

Another Photo

2,177

06

AC&F

7-1903

?

4-wheel
Wood body and
Underframe

Scrap to J.B. Markus
(9-1936)

 

762

07

AC&F

9-1903

?

4-wheel
Wood body and
Underframe

Metal scrap to J.B.Markus
(9-1936)
Body to McDonald,
Chassell, Mi.

Photo in 1975
in Chassell

762

08

?

?

?

8-wheel

?

Side Baggage Door

 

08
(4 wheel)

AC&F

9-1903

?

4-wheel
Wood body and
Underframe

Scrap to J.B. Markus
(9-1936)

 

762

09

AC&F

9-1907

?

4-wheel
Wood body and
Underframe

Sold to Calumet & Hecla
10-1925
(Became C&H #02)

 

771

010

AC&F

9-1907

?

4-wheel
Wood body and
Underframe

Scrap to J.B. Markus
(9-1936)

 

771

011

AC&F

9-1907

?

4-wheel
Wood body and
Underframe

Scrap to J.B. Markus
(9-1936)

 

771

012

See #5 (4-wheel)

           

605

Green Bay &
Western RR

?

 

Steel body and 
Underframe

Sold to Dr. Sabin
Marquette, Mi
(1972)

Side Bay windows

Photo

 

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Passenger Cars

All cars Wood sided, wood underframe and open platform unless noted. All cars had 4 wheel trucks unless noted.

Number

Build
Date/Lot

Builder

Car Type

Length

Seating
Capacity

Disposition and Notes

Value
New
($)

1-2

1899/
2442

Pullman

Baggage

50'-6"

-

Rebuilt to RPO/Baggage
by CRRR in 1912
Later used for MOW

4,183

25

1903/
?

AC&F

Baggage/
Coach

52'-0"

40

Shipped to Historical Society
North Freedom, Wi 12-63

August 2002 photos
Interior view
Another view

4,142

26

1899/
2441

Pullman

Baggage/
Coach

54'-2"

40

Rebuilt from
Smoker/coach
#26 
Sold to Escanaba & L. Superior
(1947)

4,216

27

1899/
2441

Pullman

Smoker/
Coach

54'-2"

68

?

5,286

28

?

?

Baggage/
Coach

?

?

Retired by 1907

 

29

1904

Acqd.
from
F.M.Hicks

Baggage/
Coach

57'-0"

44

Built by Wagner
Palace Car Co.

4,125

30
31

<1905

?

Baggage/
Coach

?

?

out by 1914

 

51

1899/
2440

Pullman

Coach

54'-2"

60

Rebuilt to
"Ranger" by CRRR in 1914
Photo of the Ranger

5,704

52

1899/
2440

Pullman

Coach

54'-2"

60

Sold to Mexico North Western RR (12-1943)

5,704

53

1899/
2440

Pullman

Coach

54'-2"

60

Placed at Doken, Mi. for Depot 1947

5,704

54

1899/
2440

Pullman

Coach

54'-2"

60

 

5,704

55

1903

AC&F

Coach

52'-0"

62

Sold to Mexico North Western RR (12-1943)

5,117

56

1903

AC&F

Coach

52'-0"

62

 

5,117

57

1903

AC&F

Coach

52'-0"

62

Sold to Mexico North Western RR (12-1943)

5,117

58

1903

AC&F

Coach

52'-0"

62

Body sold for cottage, Twin Lakes, Mi 1946

5,117

59

1903

AC&F

Coach

52'-0"

62

Rebuilt to #25
(12-1913)

5,117

60

1903

AC&F

Coach

52'-0"

62

Sold to tourist Keweenaw Central
Leased to Mqt & Huron '65-67' Now resides in North Freedom (see my page on #60)

5,117

61

1904

HL&CW

Coach

56'-6"

64

Purchased 2nd hand
Dismantled 7-1-1915

3,418

62

7-1904

HL&CW

Coach

53'-10"

62

Purchased 2nd hand
6-wheel trucks
turned into boarding MOW car by 1930's? (not sure on date)

3,416

63

7-1904

HL&CW

Coach

53'-4"

62

Purchased 2nd hand
6-wheel trucks
Sold to Mexico North Western RR (12-1943)

3,416

64

8-1904

HL&CW

Coach

51'-4"

56

Purchased 2nd hand
Gone by 1926

3,053

65

6-1910

HL&CW

Coach

44'-3"

54

Purchased 2nd hand
Gone by 1926

1,318

66

6-1910

HL&CW

Coach

54'-2"
(50')?

58

Purchased 2nd hand
6-wheel trucks

1,319

67

?

OFCC

Coach

52'-6"

62

Purchased from Duluth & Iron Range (5-1919)

1,137

99
"Ingot"

?

?

Office
Car

?

?

Gone by 1914, Sold to E &LS

?

"Ranger"

1899

Pullman

Office
Car

53'-1"

8

Converted from #51
6-wheel trucks
Sold to GM & N in 1930 for $2400
Photo

12,905

100
"Miscowaubik"

1910/
3785

Pullman

Cafe/
Observation

71'-0"

?

Vestibule, open platform observation end
6-wheel turcks
Sold to US Gov. 2-1944
beer label below

19,920

As of 1919:
Passenger cars #25, #26, #29, and #30 are all classified as Baggage & Smoker Cars. All in service... (also indicated as Combined Passenger & Baggage)...
#52 to #55, #62, and #63 are all classified as 1st Class Coaches...
#27, #56 to #58, #60, and #65 to #67 are all classified as 2nd Class Coaches...

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A special beer brewed for the Copper Range Car Miscowaubik


Maintenance of Way
and other assorted equipment

Number

Type

Build
Date

Manufacturer

Length

Capacity

Notes

Value
New
($)

1147 Combined Box Car and Gondola 1908 A.A. RR ? 60,000   702
1131-1133 Cinder Cars (3 total) 1907 AC&F ? 80,000   990
1,2 Snow Plow 1904 Russell ? NA   4,008
X-1 Steam Wrecking Crane 1903 Industrial Works ? 40 tons   9,995
X-2 Steam Shovel 1906 American Loco ? NA Article on building this shovel 9,302
X-3 Derrick Car (Wood) ? Pullman/
Copper Range
44' 33' Boom   2,308
X-1 Dirt Spreader ? Copper Range 36' NA   488
X-5 or X-6 Ballast Spreader 1912 Jordon ? NA   5,195
28 Tool Car (Wood) ? ? 44' ?   2,232
X-7 Ditcher            
X-9 Rotary Plow 12/1917 Alco ? NA Build #56162  
X-10 Boarding Car ? ? ? ? Was #1 or 2
Baggage Car
3,036

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