Switching the SP interchange at Magma Junction
Time is running out for this storied short line as the RS-3 successor to steam and Baldwins idles at the Suprior Yard office.
A few miles west of Superior, the Magma Arizona Railroad traverses some of the most spectacular Sonoran Desert scenery in Arizona.
Nice line-up of fallen flag boxcars. B&O round top, DL&W (Route of the Phoebe Snow), Great Northern, Burlington....just about as interesting as the steam engine pulling them.
Magma Arizona's entire roster is being spotted for photos. Kodachrome 25 film.
With the Superstition Mountains forming a spectacular backdrop, Magma Arizona 10, ex-McCloud River 29 puts its train together for the run to Magma and the SP connection. The big Baldwin now resid... (more)
Magma Arizona Baldwin S12 waits for its next assignment.
While July is not the recommended time to vacation in
Arizona the rates were good so the then wife and I went.I wandered one Sunday morning into Superior
knowing somewhere there was some Alco's.... (more)
The Magma Arizona, idle since 1997, is in use again as work trains aid in pipeline construction along the MAA ROW. Here, two Copper Basin GP9's are in charge of a port-a-potty and a crane. The c... (more)
About half way to Magma Junction, the #5 made a stop for water at what was known as Desert Tank. The temperature was still hovering around 115 degrees.
#5 has just left Superior on its way to Magma Junction and the connection with the Southern Pacific. At this point the fireman opened the blow down and moistened the desert.
It is June of 1967 and the air temperature is 115 degrees as Magma Arizona #5 goes about switching the yards in Superior, Arizona, getting ready for a run down to Magma Junction. Although #5 was f... (more)