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DSS&A Division (Soo Line Historical & Technical Society)

The "South Shore Division" is a part of the Soo Line Historical & Technical Society.    We are listed in the Soo Line Historical web site under the DSS&A.  The division was formed in about 1990 by Bob Oom.  Presently there are approx. 200 members and dues are $25.00 to join the Soo Line group first with an additional $8.00 to join the Division.  Thru the years the DSS&A Division has sponsored 5 Upper Michigan., Wisconsin & Minnesota railfan trips using WC, Eire Mining & Soo Line engines (GP-30 # 700, FP-7 # 2500, 2-8-2 # 1003 & Eire Mining # 4211).  They were also the first group to run the Algoma Central dome car all the way to end of track in Hearst.

 

The Div. has pursued, obtained and is now working on the restoration of the following diesel engines:  Ex-Copper Range Baldwin S-12 # 200 and Ex-DSS&A  Alco RS-1 # 101, both of which are at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth, Minnesota.

 

The group meets once a year in the fall for a 3 day convention in a town in which the DSS&A operated.  Towns have included Superior, WI, Duluth, MN, Marquette, MI, Houghton, MI, Hancock, MI, Gladstone, MI, Sault Ste. Marie, MI and Ontario.  Tentively, our next meeting will be as co-hosts with the Michigan History Conference for their 2004 gathering in St. Ignace, MI on Oct. 2, 2004.

 

Information provided by Harry Vitek.

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