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|
|Kelso Junction||7.8||J Y TC=KO|
|Warner Mine Junction||17.3|
|Amasa||20.2||D W P37 TC=AM|
|Park Siding||33.2||P50 TC=RK|
|Perch Creek Spur||40.6|
|Sidnaw xDSSA||46.9||XI D C W Y P70 TC=HI|
|McKeever||73.1||Y J-COPR to Houghton|
|Mass||73.6||D P26 TC=GD|
|Riddle Junction||75||J-MRRR to Keweenaw Bay|
|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.