Copper Basin Railway's OT-2 job making its way north towards the mines at the end of another great day in the desert
At sunset, an empty ore train accelerates out of Hayden for another load of raw copper at the Ray Mine.
The engineer grabs the train orders as the train is about to cross over the N&W former Wabash diamond.
302 cruises along with a loaded smelter bound train between Kearny and Hayden, AZ.
The 505 takes the empties back to the mine as it approaches the second tunnel on the line. Getting to this location involved this Michigander's first encounter with cactus's and steep cliff's.
A storm comes over the mountain as today's last trip back from the mine digs into the curve near Ray Junction.
The Copper Basin Railway's second daily round trip to Ray Mine makes it's way through the only town this short line really "passes" through. The typical GP trio handles the job through Kearny, AZ ... (more)
On the first day of fall it's a 100°F+ afternoon while an inbound shuttle hauls ore from the Ray Mine to the ASARCO copper smelter in Hayden, Arizona.