In the last days of the White Mountain Scenic Railroad. The train began
operating north from Pinetop Lakes, Arizona, to Bell. This is a much less
scenic section of track compared to the former stretch from McNary to a
picnic spot the crews called "Apache Hilton". In the very early days, trains
actually went as far as an old logging camp called Maverick. All of those
days are long gone.
(all photos by William Gardei)
So here we are at the Pinetop Lakes station waiting for locomotive #36 to
couple onto the train. I can't see wearing a white shirt and tie on an engine.
Mikado #36 (ex Sierra Railroad) couples onto the consist.
It will operate tender-forward for the 20 mile trip to Bell.
En-route northbound to Bell we encounter... Cows.
From the open vestibule of "The Jersey Lily" (an old Jim Crow car)
we can watch the massive Mikado boiler bounce around on the wobbly track.
Returning to Pinetop Lakes, we see the White Mountains coming closer.
This is ranch land with numerous cattle fences and fence crossings.