Location: Norway Hill, MI
May 31, 1949. Diesel Pulls 140 Empty Ore Cars Out of Escanaba. The Baldwin diesel engine, now receiving tests in the Peninsula division iron ore service, pulled a string of 140 empty ore cars, a business car and caboose out of Escanaba to Stambaugh late Monday.
It was reported to have negotiated the steep Norway hill without difficulty. The heaviest load usually hauled by the J-4, the larrgest steam engine in ore service, is 105 empties. The diesel-pulled train was in charge of Engineer E. A. Woolcott and Condr. Jim Kuzara of Iron Mountain, Milwaukee Road trainman working in the ore pool.
The equipment will be given tests in the Crystal Falls area this week. The Panola hill, between Crystall Falls and Stager, is rated as even more difficult than the Brule hill between Stambauth and Iron Mountain. [EDP-5/31/1949]