This page is organized into the following sections:
Here are the references I have come across in my research on the Duluth, South Shore, and Atlantic Railway (DSS&A) and its associated lines, the Mineral Range Railroad (MRRR) and the Hancock and Calumet Railroad (H&CRR). Most of these works are historical, but some deal with model railroading issues. Lastly, I also include references I have found on other Copper Country railroads, like the Copper Range, Quincy and Torch Lake (Q&TL), Hecla and Torch Lake (H&TL), etc.
When I started this research I thought that there would be very little to find. On the contrary, there is an enormous amount of material that has survived. Most of the DSS&A materials are with the Soo Line Historical and Technical Society archives, which I have not yet had the opportunity to explore. In addition, the Perron Collection and the Page Collection are very valuable. Most of the items I report here are books, articles, and manuscripts I have found while researching in Houghton and Marquette.
Many of the items listed here I have found as photocopies in manuscript collections. Hence, occasionally, the full bibliographic details are missing. In these cases I have marked the missing information with three question marks (???). I will repair these citations as I find the missing information. Three astricks (***) means that I have not yet seen the item and need to purchase, borrow, or photocopy it. If you can help me acquire photocopies of these artciles, then please contact me. I will of course be willing to pay for the photocopies. I am especially having trouble getting photocopies of articles from Finelines and Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette. I will thank you in advance for your help.
Lastly, I want to thank Leon Schaddelee and John F. Campbell for making suggestions to improve this bibliography.
Books and Articles
Armstrong, John. 1979. Track Planning for Realistic Operation: A Handbook for Model Railroaders and Railfans. 2nd ed. Waukesha, WI: Kalmbach Books.
Barnett, LeRoy, comp. 1983. "A Basic Bibliography of Michigan Railroads." Chronicle. 19: 2 (Summer): 47-53.
__________. 1986. Railroads in Michigan: A Catalog of Company Publications, 1836-1980. Marquette, MI: Northern Michigan University Press.
__________. 1989. "South Shore [Place Names Along the Detroit, Mackinac & Marquette Railroad]." The Soo 11 (April): 36-38.
__________. 1990-1991. "Detroit, Mackinac & Marquette: The History of Michigan's Marquette-St. Ignace Railroad." The Soo, two part series:
Barry, Richard J. N.d. [ca. 1937]. "History of the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railway Company and its Predecessors." Typed manuscript, 4 p., at the Marquette County Historical Society, no. 5060.
Bourke, Frank. 1983. "Trains to Everywhere." In A Most Superior Land: Life in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Ed. Susan Newhof Pyle, pp. 55-65. Lansing: TwoPeninsula Press.
Brown, Robert W. 1974. Untitled., photographs and drawings of Q&TL equipment. Finelines 11 (November): 8-19. ***
__________. 1977. "Michigan Vignette." Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette 3 (May): 66. ***
Burgtorf, Frances D. 1976. Chief Wawatam: The Story of a Hand-Bomber [sic]. Cheyboygan, MI: ???.
Campbell, John F. 1974. "Qunicy and Torch Lake Railroad." Finelines 11 (November): 6. ***
__________. 1976. "Locomotives of the Quincy & Torch Lake." Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette 2 (May): 22-27. ***
__________. 1980. "The Mineral Range Railroad Company: Narrow Gauge Era." The Soo 2:4 (October): 12-35.
__________. 1987. "Quincy & Torch Lake Straight-Braced Rock Car." Railroad Model Craftsman 55 (May): 64-68.
Caviglia, Gary. 1979. "Quincy & Torch Lake Tilt Bottom Gondola." Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette 5 (May/June): 42-43. ***
Central Electric Railfans' Association. 1959. Electric Railways of Michigan. Chicago: Central Electric Railfans' Association, Bulletin 103.
Chubb, Bruce A. 1991. How to Operate Your Model Railroad: Realistic Operation for all Scales. 3rd ed. Waukesha, WI: Kalmbach Books.
Cole, Frank. 1987. "Modeler's Roundtable [Kit-Bashing DSS&A Ore Cars]." The Soo 9 (July): 44-45.
Dehaas, Gordon. 1994. "Riding the Rails in Upper Michigan." The Soo 16 (Spring): 20-39.
Deimling, Gene. 1975. "Q&TL Rock Car." Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette 1 (March): 5-10.***
Derus, Charles, and Douglas Fleming. 1991. "Modeler's Roundtable [DSS&A Passenger Cars." The Soo 13 (July): 44-47.
Dorin, Patrick. 1979. The Soo Line. Seattle, WA: Superior Publishing Co.
__________. 1985. "Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railway Ore Cars." The Soo 7 (April): 40-45.
Douglas, George H. 1996. All Aboard! The Railroad in American Life. New York: Smithmark Publishers.
Drury, George H., comp. 1992. The Train-Watcher's Guide to North American Railroads: A Contemporary Reference to the Major Railroads of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. 2nd ed. Waukesha, WI: Kalmbach Books.
__________. 1993. Guide to North American Steam Locomotives: History and Development of Steam Power Since 1900. Waukesha, WI: Kalmbach Books.
__________. 1994. The Historical Guide to North American Railroads: Histories, Figures, and Features of More than 160 Railroads Abandoned or Merged Since 1930. 5th ed. Waukesha, WI: Kalmbach Books.
DuLong, John P. "French Canadian Genealogical Research in Houghton County, Michigan." Michigan's Habitant Heritage, 5 part series:
Duluth, South Shore, and Atlantic Railway Company. 1899-1946. Report for the Fiscal Year. . . .
__________. 1919? Rules and Regulations for the Government of Employes of the Operating Department. Marquette: Mining Journal.
__________. 1929? Time Table. N.p.: DSS&A.
"Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railway." 1969. Michigan History 53 (Spring): 62-72.
Dunbar, Willis F. 1969. All Aboard! A History of Railroads in Michigan. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Durocher, Aurele A. 1964. "The Duluth, South Shore, and Atlantic Railway Company." Railway and Locomotive Historical Society Bulletin no. 111 (October): 7-81. Boston: Baker Library, Harvard Business School.
__________. 1984-1985. "The Railroads of the City of Marquette." The Soo, five part series:
__________. 1986. "Nostalgia for the Steam Locomotive Bell." The Soo 8 (January): 10-
An Economic History of Five Midwestern Railroads. 1976. Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dept. of Transportation, Washington, DC.
Easton, Larry E. 1992. "Houghton's Classic Depot: This 'Jewel of the Copper Country' Awaits the Return of Train Service." The Soo 14 (July): 13-27.
Edson, William D. 1996 and 1987. "The I.C.C. Valuation Records on Railroads" and "Index to I.C.C. Valuation Engineering Reports on Railroads" [typed papers].
Edwards, David. 1984. "Glory Days of Trains Not Forgotten." The Soo 6 (April): 34-35.
Elliott, Wendy L. 1987. "Railroad Records for Genealogical Research." National Genealogical Society Quarterly 75:4 (December): 271-277.
Fields, Richard A. 1997. Range of Opportunity: A Historic Study of the Copper Range Company. Hancock, MI: Quincy Mine Hoist Association.
Fisher, Nancy Beth. 1997. Quincy Mining Company Housing, 1840s-1920s. Masters Thesis, Michigan Technological Univeristy.
Flagg, Thomas. 1996. "The Carferry Terminal at St. Ignace, Michigan." Transfer19 (July-December): 17-18.
Fleming, Howard. 1949. Narrow Gauge Railways in America. Oakland, CA: G. H. Hardy.
Gaertner, John. 2009. The Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railway: A History of the Lake Superior District’s Pioneer Iron Ore Hauler. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0-253-35192-0.
Gebhardt, Ed. 1985. "Quincy & Torch Lake Moguls 1 and 4." Model Railroad Craftsman. ??? (August): 74-76.
Harnack, Art, and Reid Van Sluys. 2009. "Copper Country Limited." The Milwaukee Railroader 39 (Second Quarter):16-27.
Harrington, Mike, comp. 1988?. "The Soo an Index, 1977-1987." Typed manuscript available from the Soo Line Historical and Technical Society.
Hastings, Philip R. 1977. "Lonely Nights on the Copper Country." Passenger Train Journal ??? (October): 18-23.
Hawkins, Ed. 1996a. "Double-Door Box Cars, 50-Foot PS-1 Circa 1948-1961, Part 4." Railmodel Journal ??? (January): 16. ***
__________. 1996b. "Modeling Modified 1937 AAR 40-Foot Cars, Part 2." Railmodel Journal ??? (October): 8. ***
Hedetneimi, Charles J. 1993. "The Depots of Champion." The Soo 15 (Spring): 20-31.
Hilton, George Woodman. 1962. The Great Lakes Car Ferries. ???: Howell-North Books.
__________. 1990. American Narrow Gauge Railroads. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
"Ho for Houghton! The Business Men's Excursion to Copperdom Thursday, An Enjoyable Trip." 1987. The Soo 9 (April): 18-20. Reprint of a Marquette Mining Journal article, 24 November 1883.
Holt, William Arthur. 1986. "South Shore [Holt Lumber Company]." The Soo 8 (April): 14-16.
Hornstein, Hugh. 1994. "A Brief History of the Manistique & Lake Superior Railroad: A Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Bridge." The Soo 15 (Winter): 17-21.
Hundman, Robert L. 1983. "DSS&A Railway Concrete Ore Dock." Mainline Modeler ??? (December): 28. ***
ICC [U.S. Interstate Commerce Commission], Bureau of Valuation. 1916a. "Duluth and Superior Bridge Company." 30 June, valuation docket 218, vol. 133, report S-63, 2 p.
__________. 1916b. "Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railway." 30 June, valuation docket 256, vol. 36, report S-63, 10 p.
__________. 1916c. "Mineral Range Railroad Company." 30 June, valuation docket 228, vol. 26, report S-63, 7 p.
__________. 1916d. "Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Co. and the Sainte Marie Union Depot Co." 30 June, valuation docket 184, vol. 108, report S-63, 3 p.
__________. 1917. "The Lake Superior Terminal and Transfer Railway Company of the State of Wisconsin." 30 June, valuation docket 862, vol. 130, report S-63, 7 p.
__________. 1918. "The Mackinac Transportation Company." 30 June, valuation docket 602, vol. 589, report S-41, 3 p.
Junkhan, David. 1991. "South Shore [Marquette Diesel Shop]." The Soo 13 (January): 50-51.
Kieckhefer, Guy N. 1994. "The Evolution of the Soo Line Freight Car Fleet." The Soo ??? (Fall): 20-36.
Kilpela, Tauno. 1995. The Hard Rock Mining Era in the Copper Country: A Chronicle of Operations on the Seven Major Lodes of the Keweenaw Mining District. N.p.
King, Franklin A. 1960. "Dead but not Buried [Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad]." Trains 20 (January): 40-41.
__________. 1981. "The South Shore, Wisconsin Central, and Soo Line at the Head of the Lakes." The Soo 3 (July): 8-27.
Knecht, John W., comp. 1996?. Michigan Railroads and Sites of Rail-Era Interest. Port Huron, MI: MDOT Michigan Welcome Center.
Lankton, Larry D. 1991. Cradle to Grave: Life, Work, and Death at the Lake Superior Copper Mines. New York: Oxford University Press.
Lankton, Larry D., and Charles K. Hyde. 1982. Old Reliable: An Illustrated History of the Quincy Mining Company. Hancock, MI: The Quincy Mine Hoist Association, Inc.
Magnaghi, Russell M. 1989. "Bibliographic Survey and Scope of Work for Historical Documentation of the Marquette Ore Dock and Its Approaches, Marquette, Michigan." Washington, DC: Interstate Commerce Commission, Office of Transportation Analysis, report no. ICC-89-M-1562-Q.***
Maki, Wilbert B. 1980. Reminiscences of the Streetcar (1900-1932). N.p.
Mailer, Stanley H. 1972. "Mason Bogies, 3-per-cent-plus Grades, a Compound, an Odd Gauge, Camelbacks, What More Could Anyone Ask? [Hecla & Torch Lake Railroad]." Trains (August): 29-36.
__________. 1997. "South Shore's Special Baldwins." Mainline Modeler ??? (July): 58. ***
Meier, Paul H. 1967. "Water Tank for Narrow Gauge or Standard: Quincy & Torch Lake Prototype is Rectangular and Sits Upon a Steep Slope." Model Railroader 34 (May): 31.
__________. 1981. "Quincy Mining's Big Hoist." Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette 7 (March/April): 26-30. ***
__________. 1985a. "Copper Country: History." Railroad Model Craftsman 54 (June): 57-64.
__________. 1985b. "Copper Country: Mines." Railroad Model Craftsman 54 (July): 81-87.
__________. 1985c. "Copper Country: Mills, Smelters, and Rails." Railroad Model Craftsman 54 (August): 78-85.
__________. 1990. "South Shore [Copper Country: DSS&A and Mineral Range]." 12 (July): 60-61.
Meints, Graydon M. 1987. Along the Tracks: A Directory of Named Places on Michigan Railroads. Mount Pleasant, MI: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University.***
__________. 1992. Michigan Railroads and Railroad Companies. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State Univ. Press.
Michigan Railroad Commission. 1872-. Annual Report of the Michigan Railroad Commission. 46 vols. Lansing, MI, and Ft. Wayne, IN: The Commissioner.***
Mid-Continent Railway Society, Inc. 1988. "Soo Line Historical and Technical Society." Mid-Continent Railway Gazette 21 (September): 1-23.
Monette, Clarence J. 1989. The Copper Range Railroad. Lake Linden, MI: Welden H. Curtin.
__________. 1993. The Mineral Range Railroad. Lake Linden, MI: Welden H. Curtin.
__________. 1997. Keweenaw Central Railroad and the Crestview Resort. Calumet, MI: Greenlee Printing Co.
Mullaly, Bob. 1986. "South Shore [Marquette Railroad Memories]." The Soo 8 (October): 16-17. Originally published n Michigan Railfan, February 1979.
Musser, Kevin E. 1994-. "Structures of the Keweenaw." Hotbox (newsletter of the North Central Region of the National Model Railroad Association), ongoing series:
__________. 1996. "Construction Tips: Copper Range Rock Cars." Hotbox 37 (Winter 1996): 8-10.
__________. 1998. "The Quincy & Torch Lake, a railroad built for modeling." Hotbox 39 (Spring 1998): 6-9,15.
Nelson, Stuart J. "Soo Line-Built Wood Cabooses: Three Series Built at Shoreham Between 1914 and 1924." The Soo 24 (Spring 2002): 16-25.
Nickoll, Jim. 1974. "Scale Drawings of the Quincy Mining Co.'s Russel Snow Plow" [unsure of title]. Finelines 11 (January): 14-16. ***
The Official Railway Equipment Register. 1890-1980. 95 vols. New York: National Railway Publication Co.
"Old South Shore Detailed as once energetic line." Wednesday 14 January 1976 Daily Mining Gazette, 6.
Oom, Robert A. 1986a. "South Shore: The South Shore at the Straits." The Soo 8 (January): 44-46.
__________. 1986b. "South Shore [Steep Grades and 1951 Accident]." The Soo 8 (July): 20-22.
__________. 1987a. "South Shore [Copper Country Limited and Kraft Photographs]." The Soo 9 (January): 30-33.
__________. 1987b. "South Shore [Keweenaw Bay]." The Soo 9 (April): 21-24.
__________, ed. 1987c. "South Shore: The Connecting Link, Excursion from the Iron District to the Copper Country, Under the Auspices of the MH&O Railroad Company." The Soo 9 (July): 18-19. Reprint of an article originally appearing in The Iron Agitator, Ishpeming, 24 November 1883.
__________. 1988a. "South Shore [Stations Along the DSS&A]." The Soo 10 (January): 18-19.
__________. 1988b. "South Shore [L'Anse Depot]." The Soo 10 (April): 52-53.
__________. 1988c. "Marquette's Coaling Facilities." The Soo 10 (July): 30-35.
__________. 1988d. "South Shore [Reprint of 1876 Historical Address by Samuel P. Ely]." The Soo10 (July): 16-18.
__________. 1989a. "South Shore: Two Men Instantly Killed [1891 Accident Between Champion and Humboldt]." The Soo 11 (January): 24-25.
__________. 1989b. "South Shore [Seney, Michigan]." The Soo 11 (July): 16.
__________. 1990a. "Modeler's Roundtable [St. Ignace DSS&A Section House]." The Soo 12 (January): 40-43.
__________. 1990b. "South Shore [White Pine Branch]." The Soo 12 (October): 44-45.
Paananen, Roy. 1983. "Je Me Souviens: Memories of Riding DSS&A Freights in the 1930's." The Soo 5 (January): 8-19.
Page, Rev. Herman. 1974. "Qunicy & Torch Lake Railroad." Finelines 11 (November): 7. ***
__________. 1990. "[Copper Country Limited]???." The Soo 12 (October): ???-???. ***
__________. 1991. "South Shore [DSS&A Passenger Service]." The Soo 13 (July): 40-42.
Pomazal, Charles E. 1991. "The Quincy & Torch Lake Engine House." Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette 17 (May/June): 25-33. ***
__________. 1993. "A Quincy & Torch Lake Turntable." Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette 19 (May/June): 53-56. ***
Quincy Mine Hoist Association. N.d. Quincy Mining Company: MineMillSmelterCommunity. Calumet, MI: The Copper Press.
Ralph, Julien. 1893. Along the Bowstring or South Shore of Lake Superior. 3rd ed. New York: Duluth, South Shore, and Atlantic Railway.
Rector, William G. 1952. "Railroad Logging in the Lake States." Michigan History 36 (December): 351-362. ***
Roth, Andrew. 1992. "South Shore: The Marquette Hill." The Soo 14 (April): 26-32.
__________. 1993. "The Copper Country Limited." The Soo 15 (Spring): 32-39.
Schaddelee, Leon. 1982a. "The Mineral Range Railroad: The Narrow Gauge Years." Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette ??? (January/February): 54-58.
__________. 1982b. "The Hancock & Calumet Railroad: The Narrow Gauge Years." Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette ??? (November/December): 40-45.
"Soo Line Caboose Painting and Lettering Variations: Paint Schemes from the 1930s to the 1970s." The Soo 24 (Spring 2002): 26-27.
"The South Shore Today." 1994. The Soo 16 (Spring): 3-47.
"South Shore's Depot Clock Tells Time for More Than 60 Years." 3 January 1959 Daily Mining Gazette???, ???.
Stevens, John F. 1991. "An Engineer's Recollections: Winter Work on the South Shore Railroad." The Soo 13 (July): 48-50.
Stolte, Tom, mlw636 at lvnworth.com. 1998. "Railroad Nicknames - Feb. 1998." Usenet News group rec. models. railroad (18 February).
Swain, Stafford. 1979. "Scenery of the Canadian Shield." Railroad Model Craftsman 47:8 (January): 56-63.
Taber, Thomas T., comp. 1993. Guide to Railroad Historical Resources United States and Canada. Muncy, PA: N.p., privately printed.
"A Terrible Wreck ." 1988. The Soo 10 (October): 18-19.
Thurner, Arthur W. 1994. Strangers and Sojourners: A History of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. Detroit: Wayne State University Press.
Trent, D. D., Bob Brown, Herman Page, Al Henning, and E. G. Cass. 1966. "Q&TL Issue" [unsure of title ???]. Finelines 3 (May): ???-???. ***
Uhelski, John M., and Robert M. Uhelski. 1979. An Inventory of the Railroad Depots in the State of Michigan. Crete, NE: Railroad Station Historical Society.***
Warren, Paula Stuart. 1998. "Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking" [lecture syllabus]. Rocky Mountain Rendezvous, 6-9 May 1998, Denver, Colorado, National Genealogical Society 1998 Conference in the States. Arlington, VA: National Genealogical Society.
Wesolowski, Wayne. 1977. "Small Building for Storing Long Parts." Model Railroad Craftsman 45:12 (May): 34-36. [Concerns a building on the Quincy Mining Company's property.]
__________. 1978. "Quincy Mining Co. Machine Shop." Railroad Model Craftsman 47 (August): 39-43. ***
__________. 1981. "Copper Country Cabin." Railroad Model Craftsman 50 (July): 79-84. ***
__________. 1982. "Quincy Mining Co. Concentrate Cars." Model Railroad Craftsman 49 (January): 110-113.
__________. 1983. "Quincy Oil House." Railroad Model Craftsman 52:3 (September): 58-59. [Concerns a building on the Quincy Mining Company's property.]
__________. 1987. "Modeling the Quincy & Torch Lake Straight-Braced Rock Car." Railroad Model Craftsman 56 (May): 64-69 and 56 (June): 77-81.
__________. 1988. "Building a Coaling Tower." Railroad Model Craftsman, four part series:
Wesolowski, Wayne, and Paul Meier. 1981. "Quincy Mining's Big Hoist: A Giant in Steam." Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette 7:1 (March/April): 26. [Article on the Quincy Nordberg Hoist, title unsure.] ***
Wesolowski, Wayne, and Mary Wesolowski. 1984. Model Railroad Structures From A to Z. ???: Carsters Publications, Inc. ***
Wilder, Carson. 2009. "The Last Run of the Copper Country Limited." The Soo 31 (Spring): 25-31.
Wilson, Dale, and Mike Cleary. 1990. "What's at the Saults, Besides the Locks?" The Soo 12 (July): 16-27.
Wood, John R. 1886-. Wood's Official Railway Guide of Michigan (1886-1908?), name changed to Michigan Railway Guide and Hotel Directory (1909?-[1911?]). Several volumes. Detroit: Michigan Railway Guide Co.***
Zimmerman, Karl. ???. Lake Michigan's Railroad Car Ferries. ???:???.
Bentley Historical Library
A search of the online card catalogue for the Bentley Historical Library reveals that it holds the following items regarding the DSS&A and MRRR:
Burton Historical Collection
The Burton Historical Collection has many of the DSS&A Annual Reports as well as some other miscellaneous materials including circulars and clippings.
Copper Country Historical Collections
This archives has many materials relating to the DSS&A, MRRR, H&CRR, the mining companies, and any other features of life in the Copper Country. So far I have found the following materials:
In addition to these materials, I have seen in my readings reference to data collected by John F. Campbell and Leon Schaddelee relating to the DSS&A, MRRR, and H&CRR that is supposed to be in this archives. However, I have not yet found these data.
I want to extend a special thanks to Erik Nordberg, the manager of this crucial archives, for the wonderful work he and his team has done in preparing guides to the Quincy Mining Company and Calumet and Hecla Mining Company records. They have also prepared a detailed listing of Quincy Mining Company drawings. Erik plans to eventually put the guides on the Michigan Technological University web site. I will add links to these guides when they appear. Lastly, I want to thank him for the tour of the back room. Wow! There is an incredible amount of documents in this collection. Although they have made significant progress processing many of these documents, it will take decades to complete the task.
Houghton County Historical Society
This society has some interesting items on Copper Country railroads in its library. The vertical files includes the following folders:
In addition, the Lake Linden MRRR depot and several railroad items are preserved at the museum. Attached to the depot is a new building that will house a model railroad display of the Copper Country. This layout is approximately 25 by 30 feet and portrays the Copper Range Railroad. You can contact Doug McDowell to learn more about this effort.
J. M. Longyear Research Library
This collection contains a small part of the Perron Collection plus many other materials relating to the DSS&A. On my visit in 1996 I did not have enough time to finish a thorough survey of the contents of this collection. For instance, I did not spend any time looking at the photographic collection on the DSS&A. On my visit I saw that there are 17 items relating to the DSS&A listed in the card catalogue for this collection. However, I did not have a chance to view these items.
Library of Michigan
This institution has the largest collection of Michigan newspapers on microfilm and city directories. The Houghton County newspapers are filled with information about the railroads. In particular, the Daily Mining Gazette often has stories regarding the DSS&A and MRRR. This newspaper also would publish in the 1960's and 1970's special green colored pages on historical topics. The city directories are very useful for tracking down individual DSS&A employees since they reveal their address and occupation. It also holds back copies of the The Soo
Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society, Inc.
I am not sure what kind of library or collection this institution has. I do know that they have several preserved DSS&A freight and passenger cars. The staff has kindly replied to my queries regarding this equipment.
National Archives and Records Administration
The original Interstate Commerce Commission valuation records, created between 1915 and 1920, are stored at the National Archives. Most of the records (Record Group 143) are at the Textual Reference Branch.. However, the detailed maps are with the Cartographic Records Branch. The archives also holds accident reports and other railroad related records. You can contact the National Archives and Records Administration, User Services Division, (301) 713-6800, and ask them for the following pamphlets and article:
National Archives and Records Administration. 1995. "ICC Railroad Valuation Records" [pamphlet]. College Park, MD: NARA.
__________. ???. "Records Relating to Railroad Accident Reports" [pamphlet]. ???: NARA.
__________. 1996. "Researching Railroad Records at the National Archives." The Record [newsletter] ??? (September): ???-???.
Peter White Public Library
This library holds the bulk of the Perron Collection, including almost all of the DSS&A materials he collected.
Soo Line Historical and Technical Society Archives
I believe that this is the El Dorado for DSS&A materials. Unfortunately, I have not been able to visit the archives as yet. I understand that any surviving DSS&A corporate materials were transferred to this archives several years ago. I know that they have a large collection of maps and blueprints relating to the DSS&A. I have acquired copies of most of the right-of-way maps between Houghton and Calumet at a reasonable price from the archives. These maps are incredibly detailed. I also received from the archives detailed blueprints for the swivel bridge that once stood between Houghton and Hancock.
State Archives of Michigan
This institution holds an interesting collection of DSS&A materials relating to a 1911 rates case. The DSS&A had to provide detailed information about its facilities, tracks, locomotives, and rolling stock to the Attorney General in order to fight this rate change. The result is a snapshot of the DSS&A in 1911. Their are wonderful photographs of stations, tracks, roundhouses, bridges, locomotives, passenger cars, and freight cars. Record Group 53-7, lot 3 contains the following items:
The archives has a prepared guide for this collection entitled "Records of the Office of the Attorney General (Record Group 53-7) Lot 3" prepared in 1959.
I am still hoping to find some films or recordings concerning the DSS&A.
Addresses of Libraries, Archives, and Societies
Bentley Historical Library
Burton Historical Collection
Copper Country Historical Collections
Houghton County Historical Society
J. M. Longyear Research Library
Library of Michigan
Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society, Inc.
National Archives and Records Administration
The Cartographic Branch, with maps from the Interstate Commerce Commission, is located at the same address, but the telephone is (301) 713-7040.
Peter White Public Library
Soo Line Historical and Technical Society
The Soo Line Historical and Technical Society covers the DSS&A, the Soo Line Railroad Co., Wisconsin Central Ltd., Algoma Central, Minneapolis, Northfield & Southern, Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie, and the Canadian Pacific. It publishes The Soo.
The archives of the Soo Line Historical and Technical Society publishes the Mileposts newsletter. Apparently, the archives is not consolidated at this time, but some of the materials are at the Polk Library, University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. There is an effort underway to establish a Soo Line Railroad Museum at the former railroad depot in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Perhaps the archives will be consolidated at that time. Staffing of the archives is limited and voluntary, therefore, please keep your requests as simple and clear as possible. In my experience with the archives, Mr. Easton has been extremely helpful. The contact person for the archives is:
Larry E. Easton, Archivist
There is also a DSS&A Division of the Soo Line Historical and Technical Society that publishes the South Shore Shorts newsletter. The division meets once a year, usually in August, at a site along the DSS&A route. The contact person for the DSS&A Division is:
Lastly, the Soo Line Historical and Technical Society has a project to collect information on DSS&A rolling stock in order to prepare a guide for modelers. At this point they are still collecting data and particularly would like to hear from people with information regarding DSS&A equipment and color schemes. To share information with the people working on this project you can contact:
Patrick C. Dorin, Ph.D.
When the modelling guide is completed and available, I will make note of it at this web site.
Anyone seriously interested in the history of the DSS&A should join the Soo Line Historical and Technical Society and the DSS&A Division.
State Archives of Michigan
Superior View Studio
Jack Deo's Superior View Studio offers an extensive collection of Upper Michigan photographs for sale. If you are in Marquette, then you should visit his shop. He has many photographs of railroads, iron mines, and copper mines.
Other Copper Country Model Railroaders
George is modeling the Houghton, Hancock, and Calumet areas of the DSS&A between 1890 and 1910.
Dennis H. Leopold
Dennis is a Michigan Technological University student and a member of the Copper Range Model Railroad Club. This is the organization that is constructing a model layout at the Houghton County Historical Society Museum, Lake Linden. In addition to his model railroading, he has collected a lot of archival materials relating to the Copper Range. He is working on a roster of Copper Range locomotives, rolling stock, and maintenance of way cars.
Doug is a Trustee of the Houghton County Historical Society and the contact person for the Copper Range Model Railroad Club, whose layout is on the grounds of the society's museum in Lake Linden. According to Doug, about 75 percent of the layout was donated by the daughter of Bob Feiser and the remaining 25 percent will be new. This ambitious layout will eventually cover the following areas for the 1920's:
Kevin E. Musser
Kevin is modeling the Copper Range railroad from McKeever to Houghton in 1923. He has done a marvelous job in modeling Copper Country buildings from this period including the DSS&A Houghton depot. For more information about his layout and efforts please visit his home page. His home page also has the articles he has published in Hotbox, the journal of the North Central Region, National Model Railroad Association. These articles are part of a series entitled "Structures of the Keweenaw" on modeling various buildings including the DSS&A Houghton depot. I must add that Kevin has been very helpful to me in pointing out DSS&A and Copper Country railroad resources.
Note: Kevin passed away in September 2007. He was an impressive modeler and railroad enthusiast. In my interactions with him I found him to always be a gentleman and eager to share his extensive knowledge with a novice.
Robert A. Oom
Robert is modelling the Nestoria to East Houghton area around the early 1950's. He is including the dieselization of of the South Shore in his layout. He is also the current president of the DSS&A Division of the Soo Line Historical and Technical Society. He was also the editor of an interesting series, entitled the "South Shore," published in The Soo.
Tom is modeling the DSS&A from Houghton to Calumet between 1906 and 1930. He is starting the challenging task of modelling the 1906 swivel bridge between Houghton and Hancock. He wants to include not only the railroad tracks on the lower deck, but also the street car tracks on the upper deck of the bridge.
Richard E. Taylor
Richard is now associated with the Copper Range Model Railroad Club at the Houghton Country Historical Society Museum. He brings to this project all his skill in building custom layouts for sale. He and his wife Denise are the proprietors of RailDreams, Inc., at http://www.raildreams.com/. I want to thank Richard for giving my wife, daughter Renée, and I an excellent tour of the layout in April 1998. The progress made on this layout since I first saw it is impressive. There is still a lot to do, but you can now visualize what the layout will eventually look like. Keep up the great work Richard and all you other volunteers.
Please let me know if you too are modeling any of the Copper Country railroads and I will add your name to this site. Also, if I list you here and you want your name removed, or additional information added, then please contact me.
This page, and all contents, are Copyright © 1996 by John P. DuLong, Berkley, MI. Created 15 May 1996. Last modified 25 July 2010.