This switch was located at MP D-39.3, but was called Spur 38 in the employee timetable. Spur 39 was located just 0.2 miles further north (railroad west), to service the former lumber yard that was on the north side of US-41. There also was another propane dealer with a siding just west of the Pilgrim River bridge, at MP D-45.7.
Looking to the north, once on the curve, leaving the bridge over the Sturgeon River.
Close up of a tie plate, made by Bethlehem Steel Co. in 1940.
This is the first (south most) insulated rail joint for the track circuit for the flashers at the highway crossing.
Close up of the track circuit bond wires, found on every rail joint up to the highway crossing.
The flanger sign near the switch, which would warn the snow plow / flanger operator that there is an obstruction between the rails and that the flangers have to be raised until passing the next sign at the end of the obstruction.
The switch for the siding. The main line goes to the left, and the siding to the propane dealer siding is to the right.
The switch stand in the woods. No padlock was present on the switch lever.
This and the next three photos are of the "spring rail frog". This type of frog was utilized on main lines that had infrequently used sidings. When lined for the main, the wheels had almost full contact with a rail while passing over the frog. When a diverging movement was made into the siding, the flanges of the cars would force over the spring loaded outer rail to allow the wheels to pass onto the side track.
The vegetation gets thicker.
I'm standing in the middle of the siding.
Since the siding was located within the circuit for the highway crossing flashers, the rails of the siding also had to have insulated joiner bars to electrically isolate the siding from the mainline track circuit.
This is a special joint bar to join two different sizes of rail. The siding (to the left) had lighter size rail than the 85 lb rail of the main line.
Looking south (railroad east) towards the switch. I'm on the main line, the siding is off to the left.
Well, this is the end of my little exploration of what may be the last remnants of railroad track that are still left in the Copper Country. There is some buried track and ties still left in downtown Houghton, from the bridge east to the Super 8 motel in the old east yard. When the bike trail was built in Houghton in the early 1990s, in a lot of places they paved directly over the rails and ties and did not extract the track first.
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