Symbolic of the looming storm coming with the paper mill closure the Apache Railroad itself is trying to find ways to stay ahead of the darkness and keep in business.
The Holbrook turn is returning to the Apache yard near the mill.
81 heads back south.
Todays 8 car Holbrook turn is framed under it's parent company's sign as it arrives the yard at the paper mill on 8/24/12.
Today's Holbrook turn returns back south with 8 tank cars of slurry. The 81 is actually isolated due to traction motor/ground relay problems, leaving the remaining 24 cars behind in Holbrook Yard.... (more)
Light power heads north towards Holbrook on the first of 2 runs to pick up the last Blue Looper coal train on 8/16/12. The first run would be 21 mixed freight, 19 aluminum coal hoppers, and 11 blu... (more)
On a day that most likely will be the last time we will see 6 Alcos lashed up together on the Apache Railway, under stormy skies they head north to pick up the remaining 50 blue coal hoppers of th... (more)
Little did I know in May that shooting coal trains on the Apache would become a thing of the past less than a year later. Given recent events, I'm really glad I made the driver over from Flagstaf... (more)
On a beautiful late summer day, the Apache Railway’s freight approaches the giant paper mill at Snowflake, Arizona. On the point is former L&N Alco C420 No. 81, which I believe was the first locom... (more)
Very sad news out of Snowflake, AZ today as Catalyst Paper announced the permanent closure of its Snowflake recycle mill and its subsidiary railroad that serves the mill, the Apache Railway Compan... (more)
Apache 99 is about 4 hours late as she heads South from Holbrook.
The turn from Holbrook climbs its last grades as it nears the yard at the end of the line at the Snowflake paper mill.
A southbound coal train has just topped the first grade out of Holbrook, AZ on its way to snow flake. These trains are often refered to as "Blue Loopers" due to the presence of the cars seen to th... (more)
A southbound coal train passes through a a cattleguard in the late afternoon light.
A 60 car loaded coal train grinds its way upgrade through a series of "S" curves outside its destination of of Snowflake.