Timetable: Milwaukee Road - Ontonagon Sub - Channing to Ontonagon

This Milwaukee Road branch line was built as the Ontonagon & Brule River railroad and often refered to as th O&B for many years. The line extended from Channing west northwest to Ontonagon. Iron River trains used the first 8 miles of this branch to reach their own line at Kelso Junction. Station hours and siding capacity as of 1938 with 44' cars. This line has been pulled up east to Rockland.

Station MP from Channing Notes
Channing  0.0  DN J C W Y TC=CH
Spur 234  2.2   
Kiernan  4.1  P64 TC=KN
Kelso Junction  7.8  J Y TC=KO 
Ponca  10.0   
Mitchels Spur  13.8   
Spur 247  15.1   
Balsam xCNW  15.6  X
Warner Mine Junction  17.3   
Amasa  20.2  D W P37 TC=AM 
Triangle Ranch  21.6   
Spur 255  24.6   
Spur 257  26.7   
Spur 259  28.7   
Diana  29.0   
Park Siding  33.2  P50 TC=RK 
Spur 265  34.2   
Spur 269 37.2   
Tunis 39.2  P28 TC=S 
Keating's Spur  39.8   
Perch Creek Spur  40.6   
Spur 274  42.7   
Sidnaw xDSSA  46.9  XI D C W Y P70 TC=HI
Stanton's Spur  51.0   
Spur 289  57.1   
Frost  58.1  P45 TC=FS 
Frost Junction  59.0 
Findley Junction  63.0 
Britton  65.2  W TC=BN
Pori  66.0  P30 TC=RI 
Rousseau  68.0   
Spur 209  68.3   
Wasas  70.3   
McKeever  73.1  Y J-COPR to Houghton
Mass  73.6  D P26 TC=GD 
Riddle Junction  75  J-MRRR to Keweenaw Bay
Brady  78.2   
Rockland 80.9 P14 TC=KD
Spur 318 84.8  
Wood Siding 87.4  
Junction ~92 J Y
Ontonagon 92.5 C W S Yard TC=GN


Channing: Junction with the MILW line south to Greeen Bay and north to Champion, and the Escanaba & Lake Superior main line to Wells. The MILW had trackage rights on the E&LS for ore trains prior to their pooling agreement with the C&NW. The MILW and E&LS dispatcher was located at Channing.

Kelso Junction: This was the junction with the MILW line to Crystal Falls and Iron River.

Amasa: In 1938 Amasa was open from 0800-1700 and from 2020 to 2100 hours.

Sidnaw: In 1938 Sidnaw was open from 0900 to 1800. In 1938, this crossing had gates. In the 1970's the crossing was protected by an automatic interlocking. Each route has 2 aspects, red and green.

Frost Junction: This was a junction with the MILW branch to Kenton.

McKeever: This was the junction with the Copper Range railroad to Houghton. For a period of time, the MILW ran passenger trains into the Copper Country on this route.

Riddle Junction: This was a junction with the Mineral Range's Keweenaw Bay-Mass Branch.

(Ontonagon) Junction: The wye at Ontonagon was constructed in 1925 to accommodate larger engines that would not fit on the turntable. Larger engines were needed because of the heavy loggoing business off the White Pine line. This branch ran from the main line at the edge of town to the Smurfit-Stone paper mill. [GB]

Ontonagon: The White Pine branch (southeast from Ontonagon) was built during World War I to haul copper ore. After the war, it was used to haul logs. The Greenwood Lumber Company ran west from Ontonagon to the Union River near the Porcupine Mountains from WW I until 1930. The Thompson-Wells Company ran southwesterly from Ontonagon during the 1920's. The Gorman Lumber Company ran easterly from Ontonagon to log 30,000 acres but closed in 1948.

Note Key: BB=Bascule Bridge | C=Coal | CS=Car Shop | D=Open > Day | DN=Open Day and night | DS=Dispatcher | DT=Double Main Track | EH=Enginehouse | F=Diesel Fuel | HI=Half Interlocked Crossing | I=Interlocked Crossing | J=Junction | LB=Liftbridge | N=Open at night | P=Passing Track w/40' car capacity | Q=Quarry | RH=Roundhouse # stalls | RT=Railroad Resort | S=Scales | SB=Swingbridge | T=Turntable | TC=Telegraph call | W=Water | X=Crossing | Y=Wye | Yard=Yard

[REF] = MILW timetable and other sources.