Scrapbook VII

Its been a little slow lately with submissions for CCE’s Copper Country Scrapbook series, but the arrival of some great photos from contributer Bruce Groeneveld last week prompted me to throw together another chapter. We begin with those very same photos from Mr. Groeneveld…

Bruce sent me these photos in response to a recent comment on CCE from Chuck Pomazal, who informed us the Q&TL Locomotive No. 6 will be coming back to its old home at Quincy this month. The plan seems to be to put the old loco back in a restored roundhouse in the near future. Above is a photo of that same engine packed up and ready to be taken to New Jersey for restoration – a restoration that apparently didn’t turn out as planned.

The No. 6 was the last locomotive purchased by Quincy, sometime in 1913. It was also the largest of the railroad’s five locomotives, which seems odd when looking at he diminutive size of the thing as seen in the photo above. The photo is a great illustration – to me at least – of the size difference between standard and narrow gauge equipment. It’s amazing that the thing could fit inside a gondola car.

Here’s another shot, this time from ground level. This photo was taken up at the Arcadian Junction near Boston. You can see the top of the potato warehouse (which still stands today) in the background behind the rail car. It seemed odd to me that they would haul the loco all the way up to Boston, but Bruce believes it might have had something to do with a liability issue with sending the loco down the steep grade at Hancock (through town no less).

Here Bruce snapped a pic of the old loco being hauled behind a Soo Line engine on its way under the lift bridge. I love this photo mostly for what’s in the foreground – intact tracks along Houghton’s waterfront. When I first arrived to Tech in 95 some of these rails along the Houghton’s waterfront were still intact. In fact I remember sitting on some of those very rails along the water down below Lot 10. But I digress. Moving on…

Now for a few more submitted shots to round out today’s Scrapbook chapter. First are these two shots from dcclark, taken during one of his photo excursions to Trimountain last year. These are of the No. 3 boiler house stack, which was just recently featured here on CCE. The photo on the left is of his mystery metallic object that he found within the stack. The second is the state of the stack as he found it, more specifically the stack’s ash door. He had mentioned the site had looked to have been cleaned out since his visit, as evident by my photos. But I never took a shot of the ash door, just its flue opening. So his photo – and the metal object – are probably still there.

Lastly I decided to share this interesting photo from the cover of C&H’s company newsletter “Red Metal News”. The cover is from the August 1956 issue which was sent to me a while back by Gordy Schmitt. The image is of the Centennial No. 3 (our favorite shaft here on CCE apparently) as it was being built. In the foreground you can see the hoist being assembled in the yet-to-be completed hoist building while in the background the wood framed rock-house is being erected. Though the rock-house is still standing – somewhat – the hoist building has recently been torn down.

Gordy was also kind enough to send me a PDF from another of C&H’s company newsletters, this time from February 1943. Gordy has access to a few of these newsletters and has plans to scan them all in hopes to make them available online. I hope he succeeds, as they’re an interesting glimpse into the Copper Country’s history. You can see this 1943 issue for yourself HERE. Beware however, this is a large file (3.1 MB) and will take some time to download. (Dial-up users need not apply)

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  1. I can’t believe they tore down the hoist building, but left the headframe standing. What’s the logic behind that since the hoist building appeared to be in decent shape?

  2. Well, the hoist building was right in the curve of the road… it may have been a “line of sight” thing. That’s just a guess, though.

    I guess I got the two sides of that smokestack mixed up — the mystery metal is probably still there. I just wonder what people were doing, and not recovering their left-overs!

  3. Hm, my comment must have been lost in the upgrade. Oh well — repeating — the hoist was right in the elbow of a sharp curve in the road — it may have been removed to allow for better line of sight when people come around the bend. That’s just a guess though.

  4. Looks like another excuse for an excursion. Been past there the other day but didn’t take a picture, it looks very strange. All that remains is the hoist foundation itself and a few electrical boxes. I’ll have to get a picture and share with you all.

  5. I was recalling this post and I biked on the Houghton waterfront trail today. The third photo shows tracks on the Houghton waterfront — and sure enough, today, I was also looking at tracks on the Houghton waterfront! A lot of the old tracks are starting to come to the surface again. It looks like the bike path was not only made over the old railroad grade — it was laid right over the old tracks themselves, which were left in place and filled in with rocks and pavement. After enough winters, they’re breaking through in quite a few places, especially near the new library, the UPPCO building, and the Ranger’s dock. You can very clearly see where the rails are underneath the path in the rest of the area (making things a bit dodgy for roadbikes, too).

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