Westbound empties are going to turn north to Ray Mine. Still one of the best reasons to railfan Arizona.
With storage cars now gone, this spot has opened up after quite a few years of visits. However, the foliage is quickly staking its claim....
48 ore loads grind downgrade from the Ray Mine to the Hayden Dumper....which had been experiencing dumping issues this visit, limiting the daylight run to one.
Daily Unit Train climbs up the hill towards Ray Mine & tonight will have the unexpected duty of helping OT-1 right a couple ore cars that discharged while being loaded.
Unit Train is not far behind OT-1 into Ray, they typically leave Hayden around the time OT-1 is getting up to Ray. #503 is ex-CSXT 4292/C&O 3912
#502, an original KCC motor in these parts, leads two sisters that haven't yet been repainted into Ray Junction heading up the hill for more loads.
Loaded OT1 with locomotive #502 is seen shortly after departing Ray Mine running along Florence-Kelvin Hwy into Ray Junction.
Ore shuttle is climbing up into Ray to be loaded. First daylight trip now begins at Hayden at noon.
An abbreviated Unit Train climbs away from the mainline towards the Ray Mine.