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.
The eastbound OT-1 is nearing Tilbury Road crossing in Kearny.
The westbound OT-1 is clearing the yard limit sign at Hayden Junction. The copper stripes glisten in the late afternoon wintertime light.
The southbound OT-1 is nearing Ray Junction with Teapot Mountain in the background.
The westbound OT-1 is heading north to the mine at Ray.
The southbound OT-1 at Kelvin.
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
OT-1 is eastbound with 45 loads of copper ore.
35 loads + 10 empties are just beginning their trip east to Hayden from the Ray mine.
There is only one opportunity to shoot the eastbound angle at Tunnel 2 on the current CBRY schedule, now close to 1500, and I have to admit, it still looks great.
45 ore loads ride dynamics down into Ray Junction to head east into Hayden. The colors of the CBRY paint scheme can be seen in the hills.
Ore shuttle is climbing up into Ray to be loaded. First daylight trip now begins at Hayden at noon.
Ore shuttle is eastbound back to Hayden to dump. #301 remains the only unit on the roster to feature this headlight configuration. Ex-L&N 3023.
Sunset comes quick in these parts in December, by the time this train clears the yard limits, this scene will be shadowed. Sunset hopefully will not come quick to these trains in February, it rem... (more)
The OT-1 is southbound on the Ray Branch with 42 loads of copper ore.