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Quincy Loco House Update

Recently I got a few pics in my mailbox from fellow Copper Country explorer Steve Zamzow. About a month back he took a trip down to the Quincy Locomotive House, only to find it fenced off and in the middle of some heavy rehabilitation work. I knew that this work was going to start at some point but was surprised to learn how far along it has progressed. At the time Steve took these shots they had managed to get a backhoe in the building (through the engine stall doors?) and were tearing out the buildings old roof beams. Since then those old beams have been replaced with a brand new truss-work in preparation to put on the new roof.

In the process of redoing the building’s roof everything inside had been brought outside – including the old loco boiler that was once sitting up against the building’s back wall (see the left side of the photo). You can see that very same boiler in its old position inside the building four years ago when I took a pan inside – (check it out HERE). Back to this shot from Steve you can also see those old roof beams sitting in a pile in the foreground.

Also seen in that last pic was this baby, which is one of the Q&TL Railroads original locomotives – at least what’s left of it. Its basically just a collection of wheels and a boiler but if you use your imagination you might be able to picture a locomotive in its place. (its facing to the right in this pic)

Besides the loco house and the old engine the site is also home to the region’s last remaining railroad water tower. Its still in good shape and looks about the same it did four years ago when I was last there.

Thanks Steve for sending me an update, and here’s hoping the building will have a roof by winter!

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  1. I noticed that each support beam was replaced with a similar one, and each roof beam was also replaced with a nearly identical metal one. It looks like it’s truly being “restored”, not just roofed over in a modern way.

  2. The locomotive parked in front of the roundhouse is Quincy’s number 6. She came new to the Quincy Mining Co. in 1912 from Baldwin. She is the youngest and largest of Quincy’s locomotives. She had been out in New Jersey for over 30 years until last year when she was brought back to the hill. I was privileged to be able to go out to New Jersey in April 2009 to help get her ready for the highway trip back. She arrived last summer and the tender and various parts came back on a second haul and are stored elsewhere. Very shortly the locomotive will be sandblasted and primed. Once the roundhouse is done, the plan is to move the loco back into the house and do a cosmetic restoration. As with the work on locomotive number 5 up behind the hoist, the work on this locomotive is being directed (an mostly done) by Chuck Pomazal with help from various friends. There have been donations from several Copper Country businesses of money, time, or materials to help bring back and restore number 6. As much as I would like to recognize them here, I do not know all the specifics and do not want to make a mistake. What I do know is contributions to the Quincy Mine Hoist Asso. can be earmarked for the locomotives. Sorry for the commercial, but in these times, it takes people to step up and work to preserve some of this equipment from the past. Number 5 has been stabilized and restored through allot of work. She is one of the most significant representatives of the Copper Country railroads left, having run on the Mineral Range before being purchased by Quincy. The 3rd locomotive on the hill is Q&TL number one – the first locomotive purchased, she has a remarkable record of operating from 1889 to 1945 – out performing 3 of her younger siblings from Brooks Works. She is in sore need of a patron. We can only do so much.

  3. Thanks Mike, Im glad i could contribute to the web site, and update on the loco house. THe thing i didnt picture but want to tell about was that they had everything from inside the loco house laid out and labeled on pallets sitting by the boiler outside. I cant wait to travewl back to the UP and visit more mine ruins.

    Ill send more pictures since my vacation consisted of touring the ruins of the Copper Country.

  4. Last year, someone purchased and bulldozed one of the houses across the road from the roundhouse. The whole lot was cleared of brush (right down to Kowsit Lats!), and now what looks like a house is being built there. I originally thought it might have been owned by Quincy, to be some sort of interpretive stand or something — but I think it’s just another house!

  5. I saw the QT&L #6 just a few months after it was placed in it’s current location near the roundhouse, back in 2009. The two things that struck me about it (other than the fact that it’s COOL, and it’s big) were:

    – The cab is completely gone. No supporting structure, nothing. About the only thing I thought might be part of the cab structure were a couple of brackets on the back of the engine that might have been where floor supports were bolted. Not sure if it was all wood and has rotted away, or if what’s left was taken off for transport and is stored with the tender.

    – The controls are completely gone. No gauges, throttle linkages, brake linkages, reversing rods, all of it gone. I don’t know if vandals got it over the years that it was sitting either in the roundhouse or in NJ, or if it too was taken off for transport and is stored with the tender.

    In any case, I look forward to seeing this baby restored (at least cosmetically) to it’s former glory.

  6. The cab and smokestack, along with some other accutrements were carefully removed in New Jersey, prior to the shipment west. Precise measurements were taken of the cab parts which will be re-fabricated once the restoration project commences. No sense starting now when there are still fire-bugs loose in the area!

  7. Hey Chuck,
    Just out of curiosity; Clint told me that there aren’t any funds to stablize the #1. Do you have an estimate on how much it would take to stablize it?

  8. I did all the work on #5 for about $1000 so it isn’t about the funds. It’s my time. What #1 needs most right now is a roof.

  9. Cool news: The roof is fully on, and there are holes for each and every one of the smoke hoods which used to sit over the locomotives — and brand new smoke hoods which look just like the old, rusty ones which were decaying in the grass. The roundhouse really is looking quite good.

  10. I might be able to get some photos today or tomorrow. I’m trying to respect the “no trespassing” signs, since it is an active construction zone!

  11. Much activity at the roundhouse this year. Chuck and crew have nearly completed the #6 tender rebuild. The frame is rebuilt and the tank has been primed and placed on the frame. More parts put back on the engine.

    Chuck reports a clean-up going on around the roundhouse.

  12. Allen,
    I have not been able to go up to the Copper County this year due to illness in the family, so I don’t have any new photos . I did send a bunch from last year but they haven’t appeared yet.

  13. I visited the roundhouse this passed July, looks beautiful, with mortar re-pointed and the huge doors finally on. Looked under one of these inside, and the space is completely clear. Interestingly, I don’t remember seeing any remains of a tender laying around in there… are they doing this rebuild in the roundhouse? The primer-coated engine and cool custom made snowplow (“graffitied” by shop employees in 1942 with a welding torch) are still sitting out front though

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