If only the snow from the night before had stuck!!! Yes, it snows in Snowflake. It was half past two in the afternoon & barely 50 degrees at this point.
APA C420 81 and APA C424 approach the Pigfarm with 17 cars.
APA C420 81 and C424 99 approach mile 5 with 1 car for the Pigfarm a few miles further down the line and 16 cars for Snowflake, AZ.
Quite a bit of history in this consist on the approach to the interchage with BNSF. Ex-L&N 1305 leads ex-L&N 1316, ex-N&W 415 & ex-CP 4233. Even in 2010, the Apache remains loyal to their ALC/ML... (more)
APA's Holbrook Turn departs from the BNSF interchange at Holbrook with 17 cars for Snowflake, AZ.
Built for the L&N in June 1964 as their 1305 now Apache
C420 81 leads two other Alco's south from Holbrook as
they do their signature thing,smoke.
I guess they don't bother to give the Cows an Operation Lifesaver lecture in these parts. They didn't even look, let alone listen ;)
While not as busy as their neighbors to the south, the Apache Railway is just as friendly to railfans as the Copper Basin. A quick swing by the yard office and I had all the information I needed f... (more)
Apache Railway #99 and two others blast away after switching the pig farm in the last rays of the sun.
APA 81 and company just leaving the BNSF interchange in Holbrook with grain loads for the pig farm and coal loads for the paper mill in Snowflake.
departing Holbrook, AZ
The Apache Railway was a fun chase today. Here she is, almost home, with the loaded cars picked up from the BNSF. The power is just kept in nice shape.
This Alco shows her stuff on the grade headed home.
These have to be the best looking Alcos in the world! These 4 lead a 95 car train as it slides across the vast Arizona landscape on its way to Holbrook to interchange with the BNSF.