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.
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.
In the afternoon heat, an empty ore train meanders back to the mine at Ray for another load of copper ore.
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.
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)
A storm comes over the mountain as today's last trip back from the mine digs into the curve near Ray Junction.
On my way back to Hayden on HWY 177, I happened to catch a glimpse of this guy's tail end passing between two hills and made a quick turn around to catch up with it. GP39-2 502 handles this extra ... (more)
The unit train exits Ray Junction and begins its run down to the mine.
CBRY's newest unit, still in previous owner's paint, leads the daily unit train of acid tanks to Ray Mine.
An empty OT-1 round the curve out of Ray Junction on the mine branch.
OT1 passes through Ray Jct and is about to enter Tunnel #2 on it's southbound trip to Hayden, AZ
Copper Basin Railway’s empty ore train No. OT-2 rumbles through Ray Junction, Arizona, on March 29, 2010. Spring has sprung in the high desert, as the Gila River is running brown and a hillside of... (more)