Freeport McMoRan’s first hill turn of October 22, 2020, rattles the rafters of the church along Riverside Drive as it climbs the steep grade out of Clifton, Arizona.
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)
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)
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)
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)
Freeport McMoran's first "Hill Turn" is pulling past the depot at Clifton. The train will spend about 45 minutes filling the small yard at Clifton with cars for the Arizona & Eastern. The gorgeo... (more)
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)
Arizona & Eastern B40-8 screams out of Clifton Tunnel #2 as it assaults the 2.12% grade out of the San Francisco River Canyon. This will be the second A&E Hill Turn out of Clifton. The Freeport ... (more)
58, 57, 51 & 56 depart Morenci with the first of three trains for the interchange sidings at Clifton, 4 Nov 2019.
This was the first of three runs down the hill using two sets of locos...
4011 & 4002 depart Clifton with the second train of the day to South Siding
After interchanging with Freeport McMoRan, Arizona Eastern Railroad's 4011 & 4002 depart Clifton with the second train of the day to South Siding
The second train up the hill from Clifton to Morenci passes the runaway siding where 58, 57, 51 & 56 wait to fetch a third...
After interchanging with Freeport McMoRan, AZERs' 4011 & 4002 depart Clifton for South Siding, 4 Nov 2019
A Freeport McMoran GP38-2 in the most recent corporate colours leads three others in faded red, white and blue, plus a train of empty wagons up the gradient to the mine at Morenci.
Arizona Eastern Railway's train 202 with three former Southern Pacific B40-8s at South Siding.