Unit Train exits Tunnel 2 with ex-C&O 3912 leading.
Unit Train is not far behind OT-1 into Ray, they typically leave Hayden around the time OT-1 is getting up to Ray. #503 is ex-CSXT 4292/C&O 3912
#502, an original KCC motor in these parts, leads two sisters that haven't yet been repainted into Ray Junction heading up the hill for more loads.
OT-1 makes its second daylight run to Ray Mine. #502 is one of the original KCC motors that has plied these rails for as long as I've been visiting the operations. It also is one of the few not y... (more)
Copper Basin Railway (CBRY) Copper Ore Train OT1 heads back North to Ray Mine for another load. They are seen here rounding a curve at Riverside, AZ.
After dumping their train in Hayden, OT-1 heads North to Ray Mine for loading then return for dumping.
A western diamondback rattlesnake has awakened from a nap while warming itself along a rail of the Copper Basin Railway main line near Tunnel 3 at Riverside, Arizona, on the afternoon of March 18,... (more)
There is only one opportunity to shoot the eastbound angle at Tunnel 2 on the current CBRY schedule, now close to 1500, and I have to admit, it still looks great.
Ore shuttle is climbing up into Ray to be loaded. First daylight trip now begins at Hayden at noon.
A malfunction at the dumper has caused this OT-1 to run back to the mine with several loaded cars of ore. It is seen here after just exiting tunnel 2. The train is being led by the newly painted 3... (more)
The unit train exits Ray Junction and begins its run down to the mine.
The local crosses Florence-Kelvin Highway on the line to Magma junction.
Ore loads are leaving the Ray Mine for the return to Hayden, passing the "must-have" shot on the line.
An abbreviated Unit Train climbs away from the mainline towards the Ray Mine.
With a new operating schedule reducing ore trains to four cycles per 24 hours, the famous "10AM" shot at Tunnel 2 now occurs at noon. Still one of the best reasons to pack a cooler and wander off... (more)