In blistering 110 degree weather, Copper Basin Railway GP40-2 304 strains its way up the grade out of the enormous ASARCO Ray Copper Mine with loaded copper ore for the smelter at Hayden.
OT-1 departs Ray Mine with a train of ore loads bound for Hayden.
CBRY 301 is on the final approach to Ray, as they hang a tight curve and head back into the setting sun.
Speed Limit: 10 MPH
CBRY's daily Unit Train isn't the size it once was, but remains running on the heels of OT-1 into the Ray Mine late day.
EMD GP39 No. 505 leads Copper Basin Railway train OT-1 across Bridge 988.36 at Ray Junction, Arizona, on the afternoon of April 21, 2017.
At the end of the day on April 21, 2017, Copper Basin Railway’s unit train departs Ray Junction, Arizona, led by CBRY No. 302, a rebuilt GP40 classified as a GP40-3.
Copper Basin Railway's OT-2 job making its way north towards the mines at the end of another great day in the desert
Copper Basin Railway’s unit train departs Ray Junction, Arizona, in some of the days last light during April 21, 2017. The train is led by CBRY No. 302, a rebuilt GP40 classified as a GP40-3.
Copper Basin Railway’s OT-1 departs Ray Junction, Arizona, on the afternoon of April 20, 2017. Powering the loaded ore train toward Hayden is GP40-2 No. 304, GP39-2 No. 403 and GP39 No. 505.
A trio of Copper Basin SD39 units exit the tunnel at Ray with a loaded ore train.
Copper Basin's OT-2 job rolls through Ray heading north to the mine
With 47 loads of copper ore and three empties, Copper Basin job OT-1 rolls south towards Hayden through the rugged Arizona landscape near Ray Junction,AZ.
Copper Basin train OT-1 works up the grade at Ray on its way to be loaded at the mine. GP39 #505 leads two more EMD geeps and 50 empties.
On the early spring day of March 29, 2010, Copper Basin Railway’s empty ore train No. OT-2 curves through Ray Junction. The Gila River is running brown with runoff and wildflowers are sprouting in... (more)