Copper Range Diesels
Trying to collect as much info as I can into one place. Copper Range Diesel Prototype & modeling info.
Being as I grew up in Michigan, where railroads such as Mineral Range, Copper Range, Quincy & Torch Lake, DSS&A, LS&I, and later Soo Line & Wisconsin Central ran (now Canadian National), I figured I'd do some articles on them.
First of the Upper Michigan modeling series will be Copper Range (CR locally, AAR: COPR) diesels. COPR owned three, all Baldwin's, #100 & #101 were DS-4-4-1000's, and #200, which was bought later, an S12.
#100, and #101 left the range in 1974, destined for the New Hope & Ivyland, after the 1972 shutdown of the railroad. #200 was retained by Copper Range corporate, and moved to White Pine MI, the location of the last operating mine on the Copper Range Mining company property. Many years later, I photographed it in Mellen WI with an ex-LS&I RS3, without realizing at the time what I was seeing.
For HO Scale modelers, these units are quite easy. Athearn produced an S12 at one time, and Stewart/Bowser makes both the S12 & DS-4-4-1000. I'd recommend the Stewart, as they're easier to paint, and run smoother. In 2019 Bowser released #100 and #101 as RTR models, with or without sound, decorated for Copper Range. I still have yet to purchase one, if you know of someone parting with one, please let me know!
The Soo Line historical society has provided a home for COPR & DSS&A stuff, and they happen to produce a decal sheet!
Fallen Flag Railroad Photos has these 3 black & white shots taken after #100's sale to the New Hope & Ivyland.
Some additional color photos:
For more reading material on the Copper Range, I suggest the following books:
The Copper Range Railroad (Copper Country Local History Series)
Copper Country Rail
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