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Photo ID: 761757

Freeport McMoran 55 screams up the steepest section of the climb for Morenci, AZ. The GP38-2 wearing the colors of Phelps Dodge Mining is blasting thru Corral Cut where the 3-5% grade abruptly ch... (more)

Railroad: Freeport McMoRan Sierrita Operations
Locomotive: EMD GP38-2
Location: Clifton , Arizona, USA
Locomotive #: Freeport
Train ID: 55
Photo Date: October, 2017


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Jan 31, 2021

Views: 4,756
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Photo ID: 761756

A long hill turn of mostly empties gondolas for copper concentrate climbs a the first section of 3+% section of grade towards the massive Freeport McMoran Copper Complex in the far upper left of t... (more)

Railroad: Freeport McMoRan Sierrita Operations
Locomotive: EMD GP38-2
Location: Clifton , Arizona, USA
Locomotive #: Freeport
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October, 2017


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Jan 31, 2021

Views: 2,301
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Favorited: 6
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Photo ID: 755966

CRAZY Steep Non Compensated Grade! Blasting up a desert mountain at walking speed with 5 Geeps and 22 loads of sulphur and acid! I have done some research to figure out just how steep this... (more)

Railroad: Freeport McMoRan Sierrita Operations
Locomotive: EMD GP38-2
Location: Clifton , Arizona, USA
Locomotive #: FRI 56
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October, 2020


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Dec 02, 2020

Views: 1,796
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Favorited: 13
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Photo ID: 755906

A Freeport McMoran Hill Turn slides down the steep grade between Corral Cut and Clifton. The grade here varies between 3.5-4.2%, when compensated for curvature the grade is a equivalent to almost ... (more)

Railroad: Freeport McMoRan Sierrita Operations
Locomotive: EMD GP38
Location: Clifton , Arizona, USA
Locomotive #: FRI
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October, 2020


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Dec 02, 2020

Views: 1,350
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Favorited: 4
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Photo ID: 755006

10,000 Horsepower 3100 Tons! The 2nd run up the 4%+ Shannon Hill is down to its knees as it approaches the big cut near the Morenci Corrals. The lead GP38-2 was built in 3/76 and is wea... (more)

Railroad: Freeport McMoRan Sierrita Operations
Locomotive: EMD GP38-2
Location: Clifton, Arizona, USA
Locomotive #: FRM 56
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: November, 2020


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Nov 22, 2020

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Photo ID: 752746

The first of two Hill jobs on this October morning drops down the 4.5%+ slide above the site of the former Shannon Smelter. Earlier in the morning the job switched the Acid tracks at the massive ... (more)

Railroad: Freeport McMoRan Sierrita Operations
Locomotive: EMD GP38-2
Location: Clifton, Arizona, USA
Locomotive #: FRM.
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October, 2020


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Nov 01, 2020

Views: 2,982
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Photo ID: 752736

SCREAMER! Shannon Hill is a steep 3-5% grade in Arizona's Copper Country. Each Geep is good for approximately 550-580 tons on what is undoubtably the steepest climb in North America. Heav... (more)

Railroad: Freeport McMoRan Sierrita Operations
Locomotive: EMD GP38-2
Location: Clifton, Arizona, USA
Locomotive #: FRM 55
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October, 2020


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Nov 01, 2020

Views: 7,385
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Favorited: 15
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Photo ID: 750445

The third Freeport Mcmoran Hill Turn drops down the 3-5% grade above Clifton. This is the largest copper leach facility in the world. The massive white mountain in the background is tailings from... (more)

Railroad: Freeport McMoRan Sierrita Operations
Locomotive: EMD GP38
Location: Clifton, Arizona, USA
Locomotive #: FRM 52
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March, 2020


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Oct 09, 2020

Views: 6,349
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Photo ID: 731469

ACID Freeport McMoran's first "Hill Turn" is pulling Shannon Hill. The 5 GP38s with the original face of the 1970's blasts up the 4.5% with 21 cars of heavy Sulfuric Acid. Tradit... (more)

Railroad: Freeport McMoRan Sierrita Operations
Locomotive: EMD GP38
Location: Clifton , Arizona, USA
Locomotive #: FRI 56
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March, 2019


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Apr 05, 2020

Views: 1,699
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Photo ID: 731362

Freeport McMoran's third "Hill" turn marches up the last of the three percent grade before turning into the 4% incline. The 5 little mountain locomotives are making good speed on the hi... (more)

Railroad: Freeport McMoRan Sierrita Operations
Locomotive: EMD GP38
Location: Clifton , Arizona, USA
Locomotive #: FRI 56
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March, 2019


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Apr 05, 2020

Views: 5,104
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Favorited: 9


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Photo ID: 731034

Not a Illusion The grade here is not a illusion, it looks like the ramp on a roller coaster. This Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold Company's "Hill Turn" is hanging over the steep... (more)

Railroad: Freeport McMoRan Sierrita Operations
Locomotive: EMD GP38
Location: Morenci, Arizona, USA
Locomotive #: FMI 56
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March, 2019


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Apr 02, 2020

Views: 5,560
Comments: 3

Favorited: 20
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Photo ID: 730885

King of the Mountains 4.5%! Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold Company's "Hill Turn" conquers the grade above Clifton, AZ. This is the 1st of three Hill turns the FRI will make up... (more)

Railroad: Freeport McMoRan Sierrita Operations
Locomotive: EMD GP38
Location: Morenci, Arizona, USA
Locomotive #: FMI 56
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March, 2019


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Apr 01, 2020

Views: 3,646
Comments: 1

Favorited: 22
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Photo ID: 730827

The Little Engines that Could! In a isolated corner of Arizona lies the meanest operational railroad grade in the United States, the 3%+ climb up Shannon Hill. The grade climbs a ramp from... (more)

Railroad: Freeport McMoRan Sierrita Operations
Locomotive: EMD GP38
Location: Morenci, Arizona, USA
Locomotive #: FMI 51
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March, 2019


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Mar 31, 2020

Views: 7,002
Comments: 3

Favorited: 15
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Photo ID: 695618

Freeport McMoran #63 slogs up the steep 5% grade up Shannon Hill with a long train of empties for Morenci. This steep, winding section of track was originally a three foot gauge branchline to Shan... (more)

Railroad: Freeport McMoRan Sierrita Operations
Locomotive: EMD GP38
Location: Clifton, Arizona, USA
Locomotive #: FMI 63
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December 19, 2018


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By: Ben Kletzer

Added: Apr 29, 2019

Views: 2,016
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Favorited: 10
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Photo ID: 695530

Freeport McMoran #49 is in full dynamic as the loaded train descends the steep grade to Clifton.

Railroad: Freeport McMoRan Sierrita Operations
Locomotive: EMD GP38
Location: Clifton, Arizona, USA
Locomotive #: FMI 49
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December 20, 2018


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By: Ben Kletzer

Added: Apr 29, 2019

Views: 4,876
Comments: 0

Favorited: 13
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