Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad

Quincy Mine – along with C&H to the north and Copper Range to the South – were the three biggest mines on the copper range. Their influence was strong and far reaching, lasting for almost two centuries. All three built expansive surface plants, ports, smelters, stamp mills, roads, and a network of railroads to rival any industrial area of the United States. When it comes to railroads, Quincy’s contribution was a short line that ran from its Stamp Mill on Torch Lake to the crest of Quincy Hill overlooking the Portage and the port cities. The Quincy and Torch Lake Railroad.

Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad

Portage Valley View

Quincy Mine – along with C&H to the north and Copper Range to the South – were the three biggest…
Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad

The Roundhouse

It was clear what we would find down “Roundhouse Road”. Every railroad will have one, used for the shelter, maintenance,…
Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad

Inside the Roundhouse

Take a comprehensive look inside the old Quincy and Torch Lake Railroad Roundhouse with this 360 view from the inside.
Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad

The Water Tank

A railroad is more then rails, locomotives and rail cars. There is also an extensive amount of support buildings that…
Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad

Derailed and Derelict

Riding along the ridgeline overlooking the Portage valley, the engineers of the Quincy and Torch Lake Railroad must have had…
Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad

The New Q&TL

After a short distance traveling along the trail, we came to a clearing. In front of us, crossing the trail…
Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad

An Abandoned Rail Car

the quincy #2 complex as seen along the Q&TL Moving past the cog-rail, we rejoin the Quincy and Torch Lake…
Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad

Mystery Mark

We have seen our fair share of graffiti on the ruins and relics of the Keweenaw. But after a few…
Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad

A Train Forgotten

The railroad we walked on was in operation for over 50 years. Lines of rock cars moved up and down…
Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad

Back to the Roundhouse

We return today to the Quincy & Torch Lake Roundhouse – at least what’s left of it. Since our last…
Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad

Derailed? (p1)

Today we revisit a site we have been to previously – the Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad. This railroad served…
Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad

Derailed? (p2)

If your looking off into the woods when walking the old Q&TL grade just east of the roundhouse you are…
Copper Range Railroad

Up the Hill Behind Mason…

When Quincy was forced to move its stamp mill from the Portage to Torch Lake, it had to move an…
Copper Range Railroad

The Coal Spur

Mine railroads served three primary functions. The first – and foremost – was to transport copper rock from the mine…
Copper Range Railroad

Railroad Crossings (p1)

When the Copper Range Railroad decided to make a branch line to Calumet, it no doubt ran into an avalanche…
Copper Range Railroad

Railroad Crossings (p2)

There were a total of three major obstacles in the Copper Range’s way as it attempted to drive its line…
Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad

A Typical Rock Car (p1)

the remains of a typical rock car – click on the image for a bigger view As a thank you…
Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad

A Typical Rock Car (p2)

A typical stamp mill was a gravity-run operation, relying on gravity to do all the heavy lifting. To harness the…
Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad

More Quincy Rock Cars

I would have to admit that after three years of exploring the Copper Country there isn’t too much that surprises…
Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad

Quincy Loco House Update

Recently I got a few pics in my mailbox from fellow Copper Country explorer Steve Zamzow. About a month back…
Guest Post

Back from the Dead

The Quincy Roundhouse is one of many historic structures from the old Quincy Mine to have survived the last century…
Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad

Numbers One and Five

When the Quincy Mill sat just a short mile down the hill all that was required to transport copper to…
Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad

The Locomotive at my Front Door

Years ago when CCE was first starting one of our first explorations was along the old Quincy and Torch Lake…
Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad

Homeward Bound

An integral component of any mining empire was the railroad. These iron beasts of burden worked tirelessly to transport materials…
Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad

Forsaken No Longer

The ruins at the Quincy Mine are incredibly diverse, running the gambit between massive rock houses and hoisting engines to…