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Upcoming Events 2015

Trains and Events are noon - 4pm
    unless noted

Museum building open
every day 1 - 4PM
till September 30.

For more Info

Steam Train runs every Saturday, and on Sundays for special events.
Diesel runs every Sunday, and on Fridays in July.

June 1 Museum opens

June 27 & 28 (Sat. & Sun)
  Field Days, Ham Radio

Jul. 3 (Fri. evening)
Fireworks Steam Train

Jul. 4 Steam Train
    10:30AM - 2:30PM

July 5th (Sunday)  
Veterans Memorial 2PM

July 18th (Saturday)
Art Show in the Log Cabin  

July 6, 13, 20 & 27 
 Pipe Organ Concert

Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Pipe Organ Concert

August 22 & 23
100th Anniversary of Our Steam Engine

Sept. 12 & 13
  Steam Train
   Trains, Tractors & More

September 30th Museum Bldg Closes .

Oct. 17 - Ghost Train
for Kids 2 -5PM
Oct. 17 - Ghost Train
for the brave 6:30 - 9:30PM

Oct. 18 - Steam engine put away for the winter

Nov. 28 (Saturday)
Art Show in the Log Cabin

Dec. 5 (Saturday)
  Santa Train - 1PM - 5PM
   Santa in the Log Cabin
Refreshments available

The Heritage Center and/or Log Cabin are available to rent anytime for your event. Contact us.

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GPS Coordinates: 47.18700,-88.41278

Railroad and Museum Volunteers Needed.

Railroad Volunteers needed.

Model Railroad operators.


Ticket agents.


Section workers

Safety people

Up Coming Events

Santa Train

Santa in the Log Cabin

Saturday, December 6th

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Lake Linden & Torch Lake RR

* Train Opportunities and Fees *

Engineer for a Day - HCHS membership and Engineer pass is $200. Becomes an Anual Drive a Steam Locomotive Pass after the event day. Throttle time noon till 4pm. Firing starts at 9:30am to be ready at noon. Not available Saturday, Sunday, or Event Days

Anual Drive a Steam Locomotive HCHS membership and rail pass is $45 Includes ist trip around, additional trips $10 each.

Annual Grandparent Pass - Grandparent +1 Adult for $40 +1 for each child at time of ride. Not valid for July 3 & 4, Ghost Train, or Santa Train.

Annual Family Pass - Two Adults +children $60. Not valid for July 3 & 4, Ghost Train, or Santa Train.

* Ride Fees *

Cab ride $20.00

Adult $5.00

Senior $4.00

Student $3.00

Children 3 - 5 $1.00

Trains run every week-end - June-July-Aug-Sept, noon-4 pm

Lake Linden & Torch Lake RR

Number 3 on trestle

Number 3 On the trestle

Lake Linden & Torch Lake Railroad

Lake Linden & Torch Lake Railroad

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
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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Drive a Steam Locomotive
On Sunday, June 13th , The Houghton County Historical Society is offering Houghton and Keweenaw County residents, any man or woman age of 18 years 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 below) and send to:

Annual Railroad Passenger Pass

Annual membership in the Houghton County Historical Society now has the option of a Railroad Passenger Pass on the museum's Lake Linden & Torch Lake Railroad. Membership in the Houghton County Historical Society has included free admission to the Houghton County Historical Museum. This is the first year that we are offering the option of adding an annual pass to ride our train on any of the non-event steam days. Annual single person HCHS membership fee is $25. the optional Annual Railroad Passenger Pass is an additional $10. Annual family HCHS membership fee is $40. the optional railroad pass is an additional $20. Family constitutes a husband, wife, father,mother, and children under 18 years of age. Drive a Steam Locomotive is available to those with a Annual Railroad Passenger Pass on any non-event steam day for $10 for each time around the track.





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