Going a Little Loco

Two weeks ago my Quincy Roundhouse update post garnered quite a bit of interest, especially in the old No.6 locomotive parked out front. There was some discussion as to the feasibility of its restoration, which according to local railroad guru (that’s my words not his) Chuck Pomazal won’t really be that bad – relatively speaking. As proof he sent me this beautiful before/after pic of another Quincy locomotive that had some series issues of its own. This would be the No.5, which by the looks of things Mr. Pomazal did a heck of a job on. Looks brand new. Here’s to the No.6 sharing a similar fate, giving a few more years.

BTW, the Quincy Locomotive house has now got itself a brand spanking new roof complete with vent hoods! It’s also starting to look like it did back in its youth. When they workers clear out I’ll have to get down there and get some pics..

I’ve posted this gem from Bruce Groeneveld before, but since its related to the topic at hand I thought I’d give it a second run today. (you can re-live its first appearance HERE) This is the infamous No.6 locomotive that sits outside the Quincy Roundhouse today, but taken back when it was being removed from the area for greener pastures down south. Turns out those greener pastures were in fact not so green, as the loco never received the grand second life it was promised. Here’s hoping its treated better back home.

While we’re on the subject I thought I’d throw in one more loco pic I have in my library. This one’s a bit more modern, showcasing C&H’s Baldwin Diesel No.202 sitting outside the Machine Shop. The photo was sent to me by another railroad guru – Timothy Lab. Here’s what Tim had to say about the above pic:

“This is Calumet and Hecla’s Baldwin Diesel #202. You should recognize that it is sitting in front of the C&H Machine Shop on Mine Street.
This was the normal “waiting” location for the diesel power. They did store the diesels inside the stone roundhouse across Mine Street and during the 1960’s at least, they were also sending rock cars inside the roundhouse to be repaired. The rock cars were placed on the turntable and then rolled into a stall. During the 1960’s the C&H used two Baldwin diesels and the Copper Range used three Baldwin diesels. In neighboring Marquette, the Duluth South Shore and Atlantic, also was using Baldwin diesels. Down in the Escanaba -Iron Mountain – Crystal Falls area, the Chicago and North Western and the Milwaukee Road, also used Baldwin diesels. That must have meant there was a very good Baldwin salesman in the area!!!”

My thanks to Chuck, Bruce, and Tim for sending me such great pics, and let’s hope there’s more great stuff coming! (hint, hint, guys!)

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  1. Thanks for the publicity on the Quincy locos. Baldwin did have some good sales people back then, plus a leg up since most railroaders had experience with them during the steam era. Another factor in the northern regions during the early days, Baldwin was willing to take the time to address the rigors of operating diesels in the winter and snow. The Baldwin switch engines were quit rugged and when the shop forces were familiar with then, long lived. C&H also operated two smaller GE locos and in the last years purchased two used ALCO RS-1s from the LS&I. Both Baldwin and the other steam builders, ALCO & Lima did not fare as well on the big railroads who finally standardized with General Motors EMD products. Today, the Canadian version of EMD and US based GE are the sole survivors in the North American locomotive market

  2. I was quite surprised to see the outside frame steam engine sitting by the roundhouse the last time I checked out the roundhouse last summer. I hadn’t been up there for several years and was wondering if the walls of the roundhouse were still standing. I was surprised and happy to see that it was actually being renovated. And then I saw the engine, quite a thrill! I was by there again a couple weeks ago, that new roof sure looks good!

  3. I second Jeff’s statement, but can someone please put up pics of the roundhouse with its new roof! I rely on this site for updates up there, seeing that its a bit of a journey seperating the Keweenaw from Detroit!

  4. Heh, I’ll work on it! I live relatively near the roundhouse. The main trouble is the no-trespassing signs, but I can get some exterior shots soon.

  5. Dave lives closer to Quincy then me, so I’ll let him do the honors (I’m about 15 minutes away) But like he has said the place is an active construction zone right now and that makes taking some shots a tad bit more complicated. If Dave doesn’t get to it I’ll try to swing by when all the work is done.

  6. It’s funny, last night on Turner Classic Movies they showed the Buster Keaton movie “The General”. Most of the movie was shot using actual steam locomotives. The movie was made in 1927. You get to see how these steam locomotives actually operated and alot of the “extras” that went along with steam train operations. The funny part is that one of the trains they used was a number 5 locomotive. And other than the smoke stack, looked remarkably similar to the one on this post. After reading this post I could just see Buster Keaton with his stone face gestures sitting in the cab driving this guy!

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