48 ore loads grind downgrade from the Ray Mine to the Hayden Dumper....which had been experiencing dumping issues this visit, limiting the daylight run to one.
Copper Basin Railways OT-1 job has just finished at the dumper and begins another trip to the mines.
OT-1 is leaving the mine with the first daylight loads, but will end up in Hayden to find the dumper is down, ending this crew's work. Three unrepainted units at the helm, and based on #502, look... (more)
A Saturday run of the Local is returning from the interchange at Magma Junction, which obviously has a working wye again, as many of the fleet have now been turned to face the opposite direction t... (more)
Jeremy Holyoak and Garrett Pitner from the mechanical department of the Copper Basin Railway work on EMD GP39-2 No. 502 at Hayden, Arizona, on April 20, 2017. This former Kennecott Copper locomoti... (more)
Copper Basin Railway (CBRY) Copper Ore Train OT1 heads back to Ray Junction for another 48 loads of Copper Ore. They are seen here passing through Hayden, AZ.
The Arizona countryside blurs by just west of Kearny from a view from the cab of Copper Basin Railway EMD GP39CLC No. 505 on train OT-1 as the loaded ore train heads to Hayden on April 20, 2017.
Daily Unit Train climbs up the hill towards Ray Mine & tonight will have the unexpected duty of helping OT-1 right a couple ore cars that discharged while being loaded.
A trio of unrepainted CBRY Geeps are rolling the empty ore cars up to Ray.
Unit train is drifting down the grade from Ray Mine headed to unload in Hayden with the last rays of light before the hills shadow over. Note the CBRY lettering on the gate.
Unit Train exits Tunnel 2 with ex-C&O 3912 leading.
Empty ore train snakes its way out of the dumper heading back west to get a second train of loads. This process has immaculate timing and you can set a clock to it.
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.
Empty ore shuttle has left Hayden Dumper heading back to Ray Mine for more loads.