Ridin’ to a switch The conductor of Copper Basin Railway OT-1 rides the steps of GP39 No. 505 to a switch while running around their ore train at the ASARCO dumper in Hayden, Arizona, o... (more)
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)
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.
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.
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.
#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.
OT-1 makes its second "nocturnal" dump in Hayden....it's summer and daylight appears by 0500, making this one of the earliest daylight photos I've ever posted, just a few clicks after 06... (more)
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)
After dumping their train in Hayden, OT-1 heads North to Ray Mine for loading then return for dumping.