No sleeping in on an Arizona summer day....sun hits the rails between 0500 & 0530! Here, it's just after 0600 and #203 is grinding south towards South Siding with their first cut of cars for inte... (more)
#202 has swapped trains, and a couple engines, with #203 at South Siding and is taking the interchange southward.
First of two FCX jobs to roll down the hill this morning, while AZER was down at South Siding swapping trains. This set goes thru the runaround to wait in the clear then will grab the second half... (more)
The last one in is the first one out, so to speak....this set of engines was with a second trip down from Morenci and while the first set waits in the clear, this set grabs the rear of the AZER in... (more)
#203 makes its second run down the hill from Clifton interchange (having met two Freeport McMoRan jobs there), this time with a different leader, having swapped one with #202 on the first run.
If you like railfanning far & away from the modern world & oversized crowds/egos, Arizona has numerous places for you to lose your cell signal in. This M-F operation is hugely rewarding as it inv... (more)
The early morning interchange at South Siding involves about half of the Arizona Eastern's fleet of four-axle DASH-8s on this particular October morning. The 'road train' for Lordsburg will soon d... (more)
Shortly after sunrise at South Siding, five Arizona Eastern B40-8s notch up and get a heavy southbound road train on the move.
After uncoupling from their road train which originated in Lordsburg, three Arizona Eastern B40-8s prepare to return south to New Mexico with a short train of tank cars.
Five Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold 'geeps' head skyward up the 5% ramp from Clifton to the copper mine at Morenci.
After being returned to the yard at Clifton by the Freeport, McMoran Copper and Gold Railroad, a lengthy rake of sulphuric acid tanks travels the few miles to South Siding in the charge of a pair ... (more)
Loaded wagons head out of Clifton and over the San Francisco river behind four-axle GE power, following an interchange between the Arizona Eastern and the Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold.
A pair of Arizona Eastern B40-8s appear fleetingly through a small gap in the hills as they descend towards Clifton with empty wagons to interchange with the Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold.
After interchanging with the Arizona Eastern, five Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold geeps put the hammer down as they leave Clifton and ascend the 5% gradient to Morenci.
A pair of clean and bright Arizona Eastern DASH 8-40Bs chug up the steep, sinuous grade from Clifton to South Siding with a rake of gondolas containing copper concentrate.