As the train makes its way back to Snowflake, a little throttle jockeying causes the ALCOs to do what they do best.
The trio of ALCOs create a formidable smokescreen as they begin their journey from the BNSF interchange at Holbrook to Snowflake, Arizona.
Apache Railway 99 smokes it up pulling a few loads out of the siding at Snowflake Junction.
The smoke show the engineer put on for us lingers in the air as the Holbrook Turn shoves to the mainline from the Snowflake Branch on 9/20/12.
Train is pulling cars off the Holbrook main and then they will shove them back onto the Snowflake branch.
6 Alco and MLW units are pulling about 130 empty sand cars on the Snowflake branch as they head west to the junction with the Holbrook main.
The engineer tries to shadow his train in smoke as the Holbrook Turn smokes it up on 9/20/12. The train is shoving back towards the mainline after making a pickup of stored frac sand hoppers off o... (more)
With 6 units and 15 cars going up hill, why not throttle down and then throttle up to give the photographers a show? The engineer did just that for us at MP 1 on 9/28/12 as the Holbrook Turn heads... (more)
Apache Railway's Holbrook turn is seen climbing out of Holbrook,AZ at MP 1 on 9/28/12. The 6 units on this train were needed for the heavy 73 car northbound train into Holbrook, which had 32 mixed... (more)
In the very last few minutes of light, the Holbrook turn makes it's last strides for the Apache's yard on the west side of Snowflake. Just as the rear of the train passed, what was left of the day... (more)
Alco smoke show heading downhill toward Snowflake Junction.
6 clean Alco units are pulling about 130 empty sand cars off the Holbrook main and then will shove them back onto the Snowflake branch.
Engineer Kevin throttles up his 3 Alco/MLW locomotives and cloaks his train with smoky goodness as the Holbrook Turn heads south out of Holbrook, AZ on 9/20/12.
After the Apache finishes its interchange at Holbrook it leaves the yard limit south of town full steam ahead, on its way to Farmer John's pig farm.
Just past the Junction and headed to the shops.