A Freeport McMoran GP38-2 in the most recent corporate colours leads three others in faded red, white and blue, plus a train of empty wagons up the gradient to the mine at Morenci.
On a beautiful October morning, five Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold GP38-2s are exchanging cars with the Arizona Eastern in Clifton yard, adjacent to the elegant old station building.
After attending a first responders recognition ceremony with their GP38s, a Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold crew stop by the local gas station to grab a coffee before starting the day's switching... (more)
A pair of Arizona Eastern DASH-8s bring their train south over the San Francisco river and through Clifton's flood defence wall, simultaneously causing traffic to back up until the train clears th... (more)
Heading for the mine at Morenci, five Freeport-McMoran GP38s storm up the grade out of Clifton and slow down very briefly to allow the conductor to de-train and throw the switch that is lined for ... (more)
Their interchange with Freeport McMoran complete, a pair of Arizona Eastern DASH-8s head away from Clifton yard with a loaded train for South Siding, a few miles out of town.
Freeport McMoran GP38 #55 storms up the 5.5% grade out of Clifton, AZ with the first cut of cars for the smelter and mine. This train will climb nearly 1300 feet vertical in the next 6 miles.
Led by a clean pair of AZER DASH-8s, a train of copper concentrate-loaded gondolas and various tank cars heads out of Clifton yard and trundles across the causeway through town.
Arizona Eastern DASH-8s nos. 4009/4011 have climbed most of the way from Clifton up to South Siding as they pass under the bridge carrying the Black Hills Country Byway and emerge into bright morn... (more)
The mountain tops above Clifton are cloaked in low cloud this morning as the Arizona Eastern brings a rake of acid and sulphur tanks up to the small interchange yard at South Siding.
Arizona Eastern DASH-8s nos. 4009 and 4011 tread carefully as they twist and turn their way through cuts in the terrain on the approach to South Siding, near Clifton.
After picking up their train of empties for the yard at Clifton, a pair of Arizona Eastern DASH-8s carefully negotiate the curvature in the right of way just to the north of South Siding.
An Arizona Eastern train of copper concentrate and acid tanks meanders its way up through the tunnels and curves on its morning journey to South Siding. The enormous copper extracting operations a... (more)
Five Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold 'geeps' head skyward up the 5% ramp from Clifton to the copper mine at Morenci.
Loaded wagons head out of Clifton and over the San Francisco river behind four-axle GE power, following an interchange between the Arizona Eastern and the Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold.