Locomotive Bone Yard AZ

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Locomotive Bone Yard AZ
Posted by kaymann on Friday, July 15, 2016 10:23 AM

Airidzona (Arizona) is where you can find the infamous USAF boneyard of retired aircraft. Tucson was chosen because of the often times single digit humidity. Antique car buyers love Arizona for the same reason. Apparently SP loves it as well. You can find approximately 300 SP locomotives parked end to end on a 4.3 mile stretch of closed rail. This dogleg section of rail is continuous train of locomotives with only one break in the train for a service road crossing. The service road is now used by security guards that keep a watch over the sleeping locomotives. (no trespassing on private property occurred to take these photographs).

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Posted by jrbernier on Monday, July 18, 2016 11:25 AM

  There are lines of stored locomotives on most big railroads.  BNSF has a long line stored in Fargo, ND and the 'T' Yard at Northtown(just north of Minneapolis, MN) is full of stored power.  Most of it appears to be GE dash 9's and EMD SD75's from what I remember.

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Posted by kaymann on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 9:25 AM

Thank you for the additional information. I will have to send my Minnesota brother on a hunting expedition!


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Posted by rdamon on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 3:18 PM

Those units seem to getting a lot less "extra" paint applied to them since they moved from the Colton yard.

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Posted by PJS1 on Sunday, July 24, 2016 1:52 PM


These are great pictures.  What kind of a camera did you use to take them?

I will be in Tucson in October.  I have been travelling to Tucson for 35 years, and I am reasonably familiar with the city.  Where are the locomotives parked?



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Posted by kaymann on Monday, July 25, 2016 12:03 AM


Thank you - I use a Canon EOS60D with Canon 28-300 US L IS glass.

The track is on the south side of 1-10 from Cienega Wash to Emprita Road.

Security is present and requests no trespassing which is not needed if you stay on I-10 near Emprita Road.



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Posted by CAZEPHYR on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 8:57 PM

Nice pictures of the stored units.


Interesting that the so called SP locos are all owned by the Union Pacific which purchased the Southern Pacific back in 1996.    We have many stored in Roseville also.   The Union Pacific is still gettting new locos monthly and storing all of the older units that are less efficient and do not comply with the EPA latest rules on diesel emmisions.  



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