Today we take a quick look at what is somewhat of an oddity here in the Copper Country – a functioning railroad trestle. Though all of the CC’s common carrier and private railroads have all disappeared off the map (along with most of their infrastructure) there does remain one operational railroad to carry on their legacy. This is the Lake Linden & Torch Lake Railroad, an extremely short line (less then half a mile) narrow gauge railroad that makes a small circle route from the old Lake Linden Mineral Range depot to the old Lake Linden Mineral Range depot. Along the way the route crosses over this small-statured trestle.
Here’s another view of the trestle in question, this time looking at it from the vantage point of the nearby marina parking lot. It almost looks as if its been here for decades, though it reality its less then five years old.
The LL&TL runs clockwise along an oval that swings around the ruins of the old Calumet Mill, cutting its way between it and the neighboring Hecla Mill ruins on the return trip. The railroad consists of two locos: an small gas/hydraulic switcher and an original steam-powered model (designated as No.3) that was once used at the mill itself by C&H. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of that steam powered model handy (the only one I do have is one I took when my son rode it several years ago – but I couldn’t find it). Fortunately the Houghton County Historical Museum – which runs the LL&TL railroad – has some pics over at its website HERE. Check it out….