Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bill and Scotts most excellent adventure part 3

The copper basin!

Globe AZ the Geeps are for switching the plant, definitely ex works

The Lordsburg Turn at Lordsburg NM at sun up
Only one B40-8 is still in LMX patch livery, an interesting modeling proposition.
Just west of Lordsburg on the UP main is this salt lake.
The Lordsburg turn has switched its loads out at south siding as is heading back to Lordsburg.  Its a night - early morning departure out of Lordsburg and gets to South Siding around 8am, and this occurs Monday to Friday.

The Lordsburg turn is at the end of its work for the day.
The Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold industrial railroad, operates at least nine Geeps of various heritage (one looks like it fell down a revine!)  To meet the AZER at Clifton, as the yard in Clifton is very short, and long trains can block at least two out the three level crossings.  They have the transfer down to a fine art.
the AZER will tie up just out of town, clear of any level crossings,  The FMcMRC&G will come into Clifton and sort all their out bound cars into the sidings at Clifton yard.
Then they will bring the power clear of the main, just tie up on their main back to the mine.  The AZER will come straight into the yard on the clear "main" track, all the way out till they almost touch the car park of the "circle K".  The FMcMRC&G power will tie onto the rear of the train, I assume swap brake certificates, and then the AZER power cuts off.  At this point they will be blocking two level crossings. With the air through the FMcMRC&G makes haste with the in bound wagons, back to the mine.  Each mine run, was accomplished with no less than five Geeps!
About a third of the way up the mountain, there is what we assume is a runaway siding, this has to be reset with each mine run.
here is a shot of #51 check out them pipes!
#43 I am guessing an ex MOPAC, Frisco or CNW GP40
#52 (current "new" paint scheme).
Arizona Eastern Railway crew tie up the power in Clifton at the end of the day.
The next morning at south siding, the Lordsburg Turn cuts off its train and swaps for south bound loading.
Swap complete the Lordsburg turn makes its way south.
The FMcMRC and G power, runs around the southbound loading and past the depot at Clifton
Another trip train is heading for South Siding.
Our first Tier 4 GE!
three Southwestern Railroad SD40-2 6997 3776 3910 out of Deming NM heading to Rincon NM
Rolling though Nutt, while a bloke frees up feed in a hopper, this is a photo, of an entire industry!
Quintessential Southwestern Railroad, Darrel keeps a keen eye on their train, the GMC has 190,000 miles on it, almost their second home.
The Southwestern Railroad GP30s 2468 2428 & GP40 9710 Whitewater turn has departed Hurley and heading for Whitewater.

CW44-9 4528 ES44C4 4218 ES44DC 7371 6685 7185 head eastbound through Belen Jct NM
MPI MP36PH-3C NMRX 102 arrives at Belen.

Some well weathered cars on a eastbound manifest.
NMRX 106 arrives at Belen NM


1 comment:

  1. Awesome coverage of some interesting locations and locos!