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.
CBRY 304 is nearing it's destination of Kearny.
Speed Limit: 10 MPH
The westbound OT-1 is clearing the yard limit sign at Hayden Junction. The copper stripes glisten in the late afternoon wintertime light.
The westbound OT-1 is heading north to the mine at Ray.
The Unit Train is headed north into the mine at Ray just before sunset.
Copper Basin Railway’s loaded ore train OT-1 pops out of Tunnel 2 at Ray Junction, Arizona, on April 21, 2017.
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.
One of four shuttle trains a day carrying copper ore from the huge Ray Mine to Hayden smelter was only a couple miles into it's run to the dumper at Hayden approaching Ray Jct
A trio of Copper Basin SD39 units exit the tunnel at Ray with a loaded ore train.
OT1 heads towards Ray Mine as it dodges the shadows near tunnel #2.
OT1 heading back from the dumper to the yard. They will quickly change crews and head back to Ray Mine for the second trip of the day.
Copper Basin 304 on its first day of service after being repainted from ICE colors into the now standard scheme. This is ex ICE 4207, nee SP 7246. Train is rounding the curve at the top of the gra... (more)
Copper Basin 304 on its first day of service after being repainted from ICE colors into the now standard scheme. This is ex ICE 4207, nee SP 7246.
The local crosses Tillbury Rd. in Kearny. Due to the large number of hoppers and tanks on this local, the usual GP9s and 18s have been left in Hayden in favor of some GP39s and 40s