Lake Superior & Ishpeming #64

Coach, Hicks Locomotive & Car Works, June 1910

Exterior view of LS&I #64 in Car Shop

#64 undergoing restoration in the Car Shop, April 10, 2016. Bill Buhrmaster photo.

Interior view of LS&I #64

#64 interior, 2016. Ric Genthe photo.

Number 54 visible under number 64

The car’s original number, 54, was discovered during restoration work on the bulkhead wall above the door. Bill Buhrmaster photo.

#64, December 1984. Bill Buhrmaster photo

#64, December 1984. Bill Buhrmaster photo

#64, December 1984. Bill Buhrmaster photo.

#64, December 1984. Bill Buhrmaster photo.

M&HM #64 (ex-LS&I #64) at Marquette, MI, 1966, MCRM collection

M&HM #64 (ex-LS&I #64) at Marquette, MI, 1966, MCRM collection

#64 at Marquette, MI, October 5, 1957. Bill Buhrmaster collection.

#64 at Marquette, MI, October 5, 1957. Bill Buhrmaster collection.

The Hicks Locomotive and Car Works of Chicago Heights, Illinois built this wooden coach for the Munising Railway as their #54 in May of 1910. The Munising Railway Company was a short line formed in 1895 and operated

two rail lines, one running from Princeton to Munising, and a second from Stillman to Cusino, all in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Munising Railway was later absorbed into what became the Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad in 1923. At that time the car came under LS&I ownership and it was renumbered to #64. Passenger service ended on the LS&I in 1929, and #64 was retained but remained in storage for the majority of time. In 1964, it was sold to Marquette & Huron Mountain, a tourist railroad located at Marquette, Michigan. In 1985, it was purchased by Mid- Continent and moved to North Freedom with other equipment acquired from the now-defunct M&HM. #64 is presently in the Mid-Continent Car Shop being restored to its 1910 appearance.