Under cloudy skies caused by monsoonal thunderstorms, 6 engines help power the last cut of the very last Blue Looper coal train, approaching the Pig Farm on 8/16/12.
Under cloudy skies caused by monsoonal thunderstorms, 6 engines help power the last cut of the very last Blue Looper coal train out of Holbrook, AZ, passing a storage shed just outside of Yard Lim... (more)
The Apache Railway's Blue Looper climbs out of Holbrook as it goes by Mile Post 5 on its way to Snowflake to drop off its load.
The loaded Blue Looper coal train curves down to Snowflake as it hauls a long string of coal cars from an interchange off the BNSF back in Holbrook.
After departing Holbrook, six Alco's cackle in Run 8 with 60 coal loads, and are down to a crawl on the hill at MP 5.
After departing Holbrook, six Alco products have 60 coal loads down to a crawl on the hill.
Cackling up the hill towards Snowflake, six ALCO's are on their knees with the first cut of the Blue Looper in tow. Due to the tonnage, the Apache can only take 60 of the 81 cars out of Holbrook..... (more)
Alco products do what they're known for with the Blue Looper in tow, negotiating the s-curve just West of Snowflake.
Sometimes things just work out. I drove to Flagstaff to take care of some business on a Thursday. A friend of mine took the Chief from LA to Winslow where I picked him up on Friday morning. Our go... (more)