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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Click here for historical information on the Copper Range Railroad no. 25 and details about the special train to be operated Aug. 24-25, 2013.
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|Photo Credit: Bill Buhrmaster|
|After years of use at Mid-Continent, followed by decades on display, the car was in need of work. Paint was stripped in 2007.||By August 2010, the exterior restoration of the car was nearing completion.||CRRR 25 and sister car number 60 on display in August 2011 following the 25's exterior restoration.||Ticket clips allowed conductors to check for tickets without disturbing passengers.||Dave Attoe (left) and Owen Hughes (right) apply gold leaf striping to headliner panels. October 2012.|
|Owen Hughes (foreground) applies one of numerous coats of paint to the CRRR 25. August 2010.||Owen Hughes (left) and Richard Dipping (right) led volunteers in the restoration process. August 2011.||Owen Hughes inspects the gold leaf striping applied to one of the CRRR 25's headliner panels. October 2012.||Hat racks preparing to be installed into the CRRR 25. April 2013.||The first new, custom-fabricated seat is test-installed for proper fit in May 2012. Nearly all original seats were removed prior to the car's arrival at Mid-Continent.|
The newly installed ceiling panels as viewed through the car windows. June 2013.
|Installing the custom-fabricated seats reverse-engineered from the original American Car & Foundry Co. designs. June 2013.||Nearly-completed interior restioration with all seats installed. June 30, 2013.|
|Photo Credit: Richard Dipping|
|Beginning in late 2011, the restoration shifted focus to restoring the car's interior. In August 2012, the floor is seen with paint stipped.||Owen Hughes prepares a headliner panel for application of gold leaf striping.||A completed headliner panel with gold leaf striping.|
|Photo Credit: Ray Buhrmaster Collection|
|Copper Range Railroad no. 25 as it appeared in September 1962 in Houghton, Michigan. Ray Buhrmaster Photo.||CRRR 25 in Houghton, Michigan in 1934. Ray Buhrmaster Collection.||
CRRR 25 in Houghton, Michigan. October, 1942. E. A. Batchelder photo. Ray Buhrmaster Collection.
|Photo Credit: Jeffrey Lentz. All photos taken following the completed restoration of the exterior in August 2011.|
|Copper Range Railroad no. 25 after completion of exterior restoration.||Passengers board the 25 when rides were offered in 2011 aboard the car following the restoration of its exterior.||CRRR 25 sits in Mid-Continent Railway Museum's North Freedom train yard in between rides.||Passengers await the train's departure during rides given in 2011.||This image showcases an evolution in railcar design. The all-steel car at left is a little over a decade newer than CRRR 25. Higher speeds and longer, heavier trains required sturdier cars. This caused wood cars like the CRRR 25 to fall out of favor.|
|Deleware Lackawanna & Western steel coach-baggage car sits side-by-side with the wood Copper Range Railroad 25 coach-baggage car.||Lettering on the CRRR 25 for the Railway Express Agency.||Detail of the number marking with rain drops.||Baggage door on CRRR 25.||A familly from La Valle, Wis. awaits the start of their train ride.|
|Copper Range Railroad no. 25 (near) is pictured during an organized photo opportunity in August 2011. The 25 is joined by sister car, CRRR 60.||CRRR 25 interior in August 2011, prior to significant new restoration work. Compare to current Bill Buhrmaster photos.||CRRR 25 interior in August 2011, prior to significant new restoration work. Compare to current Bill Buhrmaster photos.|
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