Lake Linden & Torch Lake Railroad|
Ex-Calumet & Hecla Number 3 (36" guage) is the star of the show in
Calumet & Hecla #3 in her working days
#3 working between Lake Linden and Hubbell in the 1930's.
#3 working in a Calumet & Hecla Mill, in the 1930's.
Out of Service
Number 3 was probably stored in a C & H building for sometime after
its retirement. In 1949, for a parade in the local area, and
had an idea to put #3 on a semi-truck, fired up.
#3 dolled-up for a parade in 1949
After its parade adventure, #3 was placed on display at the
Mine (sometimes called the banana mine, because someone once stored
in it to keep them cool.), in Ripley (now closed). The saddle
was left sitting on the ground, and the continual contact with the
facilitated the rusting out of it in places.
#3 stuffed and mounted. 1985 in Lake Linden.
Cab, engineer's side:
Inspection Period (fall '98)
Insulation (magnesium silicate) was not removed
inside the cab, thus promoting pitting of the boiler shell.
The smokebox was not properly cleaned or capped.
This resulted in extreme pitting.
Removal of the saddle tank was necessary in order to
permit an exterior inspection of the boiler shell.
Upon removal of a make-shift jacketing, most of the boiler
shell was found to be in sound condition.
Moving #3 to Calumet for restoration. April 24, 1999.
Work Begins On Number 3
#3 at Universal Metal Works, Calumet, MI.
First boiler wash in how many years???
(with high pressure steam cleaner)
#3 is hydro'd to test for leaks.
With water squirting everywhere, failure is pronounced at 72psi.
The boiler was removed for cleaning and repair.
The boiler was sandblasted...
...and painted. Note the severe pitting on the firebox.
This was a result of coal being left in the cab when the locomotive
Sulfur in the coal mixed with water, and produced sulfuric acid, ate
the boiler away.
The frame and running gear were worked on separately.
In early summer '99, Calumet Machine transported the boiler to
the fairgrounds in Escanaba. Inspection cuts were made to assess
the extent of the damage to the sheets. Repairs were made by
Pentecost Construction, of Marquette.
There was a 1/2" hole in the boiler in the front
left corner of the firebox, because of coal that
was held against the sheet by the grate holders.
Frame after sandblasting and painting (PPG epoxy paint, primer + top
Eccentrics were babbited, machined, and scraped to size
by Calumet Machine of Calumet, MI.
Nearly $500 worth of new fasteners were put on this
Most components that used oil were converted to use grease.
Calumet Machine used chrome plated rod (1-11/16"
diameter) to fabricate new piston rods.
New cylinder cocks, rods, balance springs and brake handle
were machined with assistance from the Mechanical Engineering
department at Michigan Technological University.
The valve stem of the yoke for the D valve showed extreme wear
(as much as 1/4" off of the radius, which was not symmetrical).
To solve this dilema without completely making new yokes,
the old stems were machined down, and 1" stainless steel pipe
was used for a sleeve, the turned to the required diameter.
In early winter (before the snow), the boiler was moved to the
boiler welder's shops in Marquette.
The boiler was completely retubed. Unfortunately, our boiler welder,
decided the best way to install
the new tubes was to hand roll, swage, and bead each tube. This boiler
65 tubes, but that's an awful lot to hand bead. This choice
in methods raised our price tag for this jobs to over 200% of
the original estimated cost (from under $8.5k to over $18k)
During a meeting called in late January, the locomotive was inspected for hydrostatic
pressure on the boiler. It nearly passes,
but not quite - a small leak had developed near the
mudring where the new welded patches are located.
The leak was fixed, boiler passes the hydro test.
State of Michigan boiler inspector for the Upper Peninsula, Gary
Newly replaced smokebox bottom.
Back in Calumet...
The repair of the running gear is nearly complete.
New shims have replaced old thin ones.
Main rods are ready to be installed.
In mid-spring, the boiler was brought back to Calumet, and installed
on the frame. Steam pipes in the smokebox were connected, and
in. The main rods were installed, and everything lubricated. A
and valve were plumbed to the boiler, and a high capacity air
was hooked up and the locomotive tested with compressed air. It moved
and fro about 10 feet.
The saddle tank work is complete. It has been tested, and
In December 2000, #3's wheels were removed, the locomotive was put on
and wheels were loaded on a tandem axel trailer from Universal Metal Works
Calumet. Dave Sladek, of Universal Metal Works, hauled the wheels
down to Fenton for temporary
storage in the parking lot of Tyrone Covenant Presbyterian Church. On
March 5th, with the permission of Marty Knox, the wheels were taken to
the Huckleberry Railroad and were cleaned up by volunteers Adam Wright
and Bill Kay.
#3's wheel sets were turned in the 48x256" LeBlonde Lathe at the
Railroad by John Hewlett and Adam Wright.
Work yet to be completed are as follows:
smokebox misc.: table, blower, petticoat; the brakes (steam), cab floor
and cab housing, insulation, jacketing, front & rear bumpers, and
of a tender; to allow an engineer and fireman to be in the cab
Rails, ties, etc. must be obtained for the laying of the mainline
and yard/shop tracks. This is an estimated total of 3500'.
Included are a number of switches. A building will be constructed
to house the locomotive on the museum's property, immediately behind
model RR layout room. A number of cars from the Quincy Mine Hoist
have been donated to the museum for our use in our railroad.
Donations are accepted and greatly appreciated, for information on
to contact the museum, see