Station: Antoine, MI
Antoine was a mining and railroad yard location at the north end of Iron Mountain, Michigan. Today, the location is within the City of Iron Mountain west of US-141 north of Main Street.
Several railroads served Antoine and they were all built as a result of mining activity in the area. The Chicago & Northwestern came through here on their route west to Watersmeet and Ironwood. The CNW had branch lines here which went east around Lake Antoine and ultimately to Escanaba. That line was known as the Ore branch or "ore line".
The Milwaukee Road also came through on their route north to Republic and Champion. The Milwaukee Road had a branch from here to the east to serve the mines north and east of Lake Antoine.
Today, the CNW lines no longer exist in Antoine, having been cut back to an interchange at Iron Mountain. The MILW line has been turned over to the Escanaba & Lake Superior (E&LS) railroad.
Antoine was best known as a CNW Yard which was used to marshal ore cars. There was also a wye here and locomotive facilities here.
Photo info/credits: Top, a 1936 view of the CNW depot at Antoine in the winter. [Alan Loftis Collection]. 2nd photo, CNW 1560, a Baldwin AS-616, operates as the Iron Mountain switch engine, shown at Antoine Yard in 1973. [Greg Bunce]. 3rd photo, the CNW Antoine Yard office, now abandoned. [Dale Berry]. 4th photo, a dual-tube underpass brings cars under the former Milwaukee Road line to Channing, now an E&LS route in 2003. [Dale Berry] 5th photo, the MILW goes over the old right-of-way of the CNW at Antoine. This was CNW's route west to Watersmeet and Ironwood. [Dale Berry]
1911. Menominee River railroad bridge. This steel bridge was erected in 1911 by the American Bridge Company for the crossing of the MILW line. It is located in Breitung Township. It consists of four spans resting on finished ashlar piers and abutments and is 375' long. The two approach spans, 60' and 75' are steel deck girders while the two main spans, each 120' long, are riveted double-intersection Warren deck trusses. [UPM]
1918. The C&NW had agent operators on duty at Antoine around the clock. [TRT]