Welcome to the Houghton County Historical Society

 

Railroad Volunteers needed.

Model Railroad operators.
Conductors.
Ticket agents.
Firemen
Section workers
Safety people


TRAIN RIDE FEES:
Adults (over 16)        $5.00
Seniors (62 and up)     $4.00
Students (age 6 to 16)  $3.00
Children (age 3 to 5)    $2.00

TRAIN PASSES:
ANNUAL FAMILY PASS - 2 Adults/children $60.00 (Not good on special events days)

ANNUAL GRANDPARENTS PASS - 1 Adult $40.00 + $1.00 per child per ride (Not good on special events days)

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP - DRIVE THE STEAM TRAIN - 1st Trip is $45.00. Each additional trip only $10.00 per trip. (These rates only apply when the steam train is operational)

ENGINEER FOR A DAY PROGRAM - Includes Houghton County Historical Society 1 year membership and Engineer pass. The fee is $200, and it becomes an Annual Membership - Drive the Steam Train Pass after the event day. Throttle time is from noon till 4pm. Instruction and firing starts at 9:30am to be ready at noon. (Not available Saturday, Sunday, or Event Days)

DRIVE THE STEAM TRAIN
On Sunday, June 12th, The Houghton County Historical Society is offering Houghton and Keweenaw County residents 18 years of age or older, the opportunity to drive our steam locomotive. You will be shown how to operate the engine and will be under the watchful eye of the engineer. No need to worry about the gauges and valves,these will be taken care of by the engineer and fireman. The cost for this one time opportunity is $25 for once around the track. This covers the cost of membership in the Houghton County Historical Society, an insurance requirement to operate HCHS equipment. Be sure to include your choice of time between 12:00PM and 4:00PM when sending in your check with reservations. The times available each hour are; :13, :20, :43, and :50 minutes after each hour. Regular passenger runs will be on the hour and half hour. There are approximately 16 slots available so reserve your slot as soon as possible by making your check out to Houghton County Historical Society or HCHS for $25 for a single event, or add the appropriate amount for an Annual Railroad Passenger Pass (see rates above) and send your check to our address shown at the bottom of the web page.


Lake Linden & Torch Lake RR

Number 3 on trestle
Number 3 on the Trestle
Lake Linden & Torch Lake Railroad
Lake Linden & Torch Lake Railroad
Lake Linden & Torch Lake RR Locomotive
The locomotive burns both hard and soft coal as well as wood. Old #3 used to haul smelter lag, copper ingots & billets, and mineral concentrate between the C & H Mills and the smelter in Hubbell. Now she is set up to haul you.
Gas & Hydraulic Switcher
Gas & Hydraulic Switcher
Stoking up #3 for future fun on the Lake Linden & Torch Lake Railroad
Stoking up #3 for future fun on the Lake Linden & Torch Lake Railroad

The Lake Linden and Torch Lake Railroad provides rides on its completed 4-tenth mile loop thanks to the many donations and volunteers. The Shenandoah Boy's Ranch of Arcadia, Missouri volunteered over 3 summers to lay ties and rail which were donated by the Lake Superior and Ishpeming of Marquette. The Sarazin Logging Company, using timber donated by Bob and Ruth Nara, completed the trestle near Torch Lake. This provides a beautiful view of Torch lake and the Lake Linden Village Marina. Under the leadership of Brian Keeney, the railroad operates its 0-4-0 Porter No. 3 steam engine each Sunday from Noon to 4 pm. The museum's gas/hydraulic Plymouth engine operates on Saturdays from 10 am. to 4 pm. as well as weekdays when needed.

 

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Houghton County Historical Society
53102 Hwy M-26 Lake Linden, Michigan
PO Box 127
Lake Linden, MI 49945
(906) 296-4121

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