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  Trip Report: Copper Haulers of NM / AZ - Chapter 2
  Southwestern RR - Part II
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  From: Copper Haulers of NM / AZ Dates: 26-30 Mar 2004 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 12
The Hurley yard, looking north. The building to the right is the former ATSF depot, now the SWRR's offices.
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Photo 13
This is the Chino Smelter at Hurley, NM. It's eerily quiet, and the yard doesn't show any sign of being used recently, probably since the 2002 shutdown.
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Photo 14
Another look at the Hurley depot, this time the north end.
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Photo 15
The Hurley motive power area, now as I said, looking a bit of a graveyard these days. None of these units are looking particularly good.
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Photo 16
Another boneyard member - ex-ATSF 2211 - in the Hurley yards.
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Photo 17
A slightly more complete unit, a GP40 this time. SWRR 5798 sitting around the Hurley yards, with most of her air filtration gear removed.
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Photo 18
And here's a chop-nose GP7, SWRR 4291, probably of CNW heritage (but I can't prove it)
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Photo 19
One of the first things you'll see is this sad sight - the frame and cab of GP30 27, ex-Phelps Dodge 27.
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Photo 20
At first, SWRR 30 (another ex-PD GP30) doesn't look that bad. Upon looking closer, though, note the rear truck and lower front pilot are missing.
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Photo 21
One of the most interesting things was this GP30, number 25, still in Phelps Dodge paint. You can see the lettering for New Cornelia Branch fading out on the cab site (this the Ajo, AZ, branch where these units came from).
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Photo 22
The only functional-looking piece of power was this - an ex-SP GP35 now bearing the marks DJPX 2003 and parked up by the depot.
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Photo 23
Like I said, with 2500 miles to go and 90+ degree weather, convertibles are the only way to go. (Okay, really it's I'm driving across the desert playing with the camera because I'm bored...)
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Photo 24
Saturday afternoon was spent following the Arizona Eastern from Safford to Miami. Oddly enough, this was the first thing I saw - a sign of the line's SP heritage in a Globe, AZ, park.
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Photo 25
Since the Arizona Eastern (AZER) is now owned by RailAmerica, this CORP GP38-2 in Globe didn't seem so out of place.
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Photo 26
Another AZER surprise in Globe is several blocks of street running, right downtown.
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Photo 27
I didn't come to see CORP geeps or steamers, though - I really hoped to see the AZER's GP20s in action. Alas, these were shut down in the Miami yard, at the end of the line.
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Photo 28
AZER 2171 sits beneath the BHP mine and smelter that give it business at Miami. 2171 is ex-SP 4148, ex-SSW 808 and 4038, and had its nose chopped in 1993.
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Photo 29
2171 isn't an idle scrapheap, though - the rails under and around it are shiny, and there are fresh fuel drips down the side of the tank.
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Photo 30
And as you can see, the yard around it is full of recently-moved cars.
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Photo 31
Not to be neglected, here's its twin, AZER 2170, another GP20. 2170 is ex-BN 2016, ex-GN 2016.
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This work is copyright 2004 by Nathan D. Holmes (maverick@drgw.net), but licensed under a Creative Commons License.
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All photographs in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS 10D with a Canon 28-105mm USM, a Canon 100-300mm USM, or a Canon 75-300mm f4-5.3 IS/USM.