Posted by J Gilbert on August 22, 2012 
Posted by Jim Guest on August 23, 2012 
Simply phenomenal! My vote for PCA...
Posted by Troy Staten on August 23, 2012 
Wonderful shot, not only a great set of locos, you show the desert at its best.
Posted by CraigMWiester on August 23, 2012 
Sorry to nitpick, but they're MLWs, not Alcos.
Posted by on August 23, 2012 
Does it matter if it's Alcos or not? no.
Posted by Mike Danneman on August 23, 2012 
Cool shot, Mitch! And yes, there are Alcos in the consist; C-420s Nos. 81 and 84 are “real” Alcos built in 1965.
Posted by AtlantaRails on August 23, 2012 
WOW! The visible rain curtains and the ALCO smoke make for a very dramatic image, its a shame its such a bittersweet image that may never be replicated....
Posted by Daniel Hopkins on August 23, 2012 
Sorry to be dumb but why is is the last time?
Posted by Leia on August 23, 2012 
Beautiful shot. The last time I saw these guys in person was the day my husband proposed to me. PCA vote from me.
Posted by Drew Mitchem on August 23, 2012 
The Catalyst Paper Mill is shutting down on September 30th, so there is no more need for coal to generate power for the paper mill. The Blue Looper coal train was the heaviest train the Apache Railway pulled, so it needed 5-6 units to pull the train up the hill out of Holbrook. The Apache will still be around after September 30th, but run at a reduced capacity. They will operate with 9 employees after that date instead of the current 25(admin, MOW, train crew, shop crew). They still have business at Farmer Johns Pig Farm(Hoppers of Feed), online car storage, and potential new transload business. It will be rare this day forward if you get more then 4 units(all Alco's/MLW's) on a Apache Railway train unless business greatly picks up, especially after the mill closure.
Posted by Dave Blaze... on August 23, 2012 
Sad to see it go....thanks for catching this. I'm so glad I got to see the spectacle in person.
Posted by Andrew Milwee on August 23, 2012 
Actually that 81 is an Alco, ex-L&N if I'm not mistaken.
Posted by Frank Keller on August 25, 2012 
Very nicely done Drew, glad you were able to witness and document for us Apache lovers. Glad I made it down during the 3751 layover day.
Posted by Steve Carter on September 3, 2012 
Great shot Drew! Wish I could have been there.
Posted by Cinderpath on September 3, 2012 
This is a fantastic image!
Posted by on September 5, 2012 
Very nice shot! You were't playing hooky from work to get this, were you? LOL
Posted by Drew Mitchem on September 5, 2012 
To the anonymous commenter: Nope, no hooky required from work as I was in the middle of my 4 days off.
Posted by Steamy1225 on September 6, 2012 
They look very nice when they are freshly painted and not dirty and weathered like nobody cares for them. Great shot by the way.
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