The sun has just set behind the mountains as Copper Basins unit train works up the grade at Ray Junction,AZ on its way to the mine.
The OT-1 is eastbound near Kearny as it climbs up out of the Gila River valley.
The Unit Train is descending the hill from the smelter to the yard and will then head west to the mine at Ray.
A trio of Copper Basin SD39 units exit the tunnel at Ray with a loaded ore train.
Copper Basin's OT-2 job rolls through Ray heading north to the mine
With 47 loads of copper ore and three empties, Copper Basin job OT-1 rolls south towards Hayden through the rugged Arizona landscape near Ray Junction,AZ.
Copper Basin train OT-1 works up the grade at Ray on its way to be loaded at the mine. GP39 #505 leads two more EMD geeps and 50 empties.
The southbound OT-1 (Ore Train 1) is at Kelvin, just north of Ray Junction.
The westbound Local is just past the junction switch with the Ray Branch at Ray Junction. The Local usually runs at night or very late afternoon, so a day time run was a treat.
The OT-1 is southbound at Ray Junction on a crisp clear day.
CBRY 505 hustles the unit train towards Ray Mine as it catches the sun literally 1 minute before sinking below the mountains.
The unit train is seen at the bottom of Hayden Spur where it crosses Rte 177 and into the yard. The train will keep rolling for Ray Mine arriving shortly after sunset.
OT1 wastes no time hustling 45 cars of copper ore to the smelter at Hayden.
Loaded OT1 with locomotive #502 is seen shortly after departing Ray Mine running along Florence-Kelvin Hwy into Ray Junction.
A CBRY OT2 with another load of copper ore from Ray Mine exits tunnel 2 on the way to the smelter at Hayden, AZ. No. 502, the lead GP39-2, was built as Kennecott Copper No. 796.