Air temp 112 degrees
Switching the SP interchange at Magma Junction
Time is running out for this storied short line as the RS-3 successor to steam and Baldwins idles at the Suprior Yard office.
A few miles west of Superior, the Magma Arizona Railroad traverses some of the most spectacular Sonoran Desert scenery in Arizona.
Magma Arizona's weekly train is departing the SP interchange at Magma Junction for the return to Superior. The Baldwin locomotive was originally owned by the McCloud River.
After being serviced during the layover, Texas State Railroad's former Magma Arizona 2-8-2 No. 7 pulls ahead to the west leg of the wye to turn for the return trip to Rusk.
Safely inside the shop at Rusk, Magma Arizona Railroad #7, formerly known as Texas State Railroad #400 and Tremont & Gulf Railway #30, receives some needed TLC before the 2016 steam season. Shop ... (more)
Magma Arizona #7 leads the regularly scheduled Texas State passenger train east toward Rusk, crossing the low bridge near Gibson Road.
Magma Arizona #7 basks in the morning sun awaiting the departure with the Texas State Railroad photographer's special.
Texas State Railroad's Magma Arizona #7 performs a runby in the woods outside of Palestine as part of their photographer's special.
Magma Arizona #7 crosses the Neches River on its eastbound journey to Rusk, deep in the piney woods of east Texas.
The Texas State Railroad's Photographers Special performs the first runby of the day. The recently restored #7 looks good under a hard working plume of smoke.
The Texas State Railroad's Photographers Special sits idle awaiting its departure from the Palestine depot. Photo taken under supervision of railroad personnel.
Doubleheaded Baldwins! Here is the Monday only freight headed west to the (then) SP interchange at Magma Junction. It was worth dodging rattlesnakes and other desert critters to get this photo! Th... (more)
Nice line-up of fallen flag boxcars. B&O round top, DL&W (Route of the Phoebe Snow), Great Northern, Burlington....just about as interesting as the steam engine pulling them.