2021 Arizona and Pacific RR Annual Report

2021 Arizona & Pacific RR

Annual Report

A&P RR 2021

Arizona and Pacific Railroad 2021

          This is the eighteenth year I have written an annual report and every year as I look back on what we accomplished during the prior twelve months, I think it’s been one of the busiest years ever on the A & P. This year isn’t any different; it was a very busy year.

Maintenance Projects

          Most of our track has been on the ground for close to twenty-five years now and the ties are deteriorated from dry rot, termites and checking. Some of the lag screws have stated to work themselves loose and some splice bar bolts have loosened. We spent a great deal of time last year addressing these issues by replacing the worst ties and lag screws, repositioning tie plates, trimming rail junctions, servicing splice bars and gauging the rail.

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Preparing to lay the first rail at the A&P RR in November 2000

          Instead of continuing to replace ties here and there, we started plans this year to replace all of our ground-contact ties. We obtained 700 mainline ties and 130 switch ties and had them pressure treated with preservative. Half of the switch ties were lost in shipping to Arizona, but that is a story for a different day. Our railroad has approximately 1950 ties in place. Each tie has a minimum of four tie plates with lag screws and the switch ties have at least twice that number. It is a time-consuming process, but we got underway at the end of the year and hope to finish in late 2022.

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Some of the new ties

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More of the new ties

          We rebuilt our turntable with new ring rail wheels and bearings, a new center pin bearing and new turnbuckles. We also rebalanced the turntable.

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A&P turntable built in 2005


          We acquired another post-war G12 and a pre-war “Addison” G12 this year. We acquired many smaller parts this year from several sources. We acquired several E10 and G12 parts this year from Rick Nairn, Gerry Warner, Jerry Graves, Ed Janulionis and Ron Witt and several others and appreciate their assistance in these projects.

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Pre-war Addison G12

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Post war G12 #168

Shop Projects

          We completely rebuilt 26 G12 coach trucks. They received new bearings, new seals, new axles when needed, new bolts and new paint. We also continued sheet metal restoration and fabrication on two G12 locomotives, two E10 coaches and multiple G12 coaches.

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G12 Axles

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Leafsprings for G12s

          We made templates and sheared Lexan windows for all of our G12 and E10 coaches. We also cut the plywood bases for each of our E10 and G12 seats and our friend George Fimbres upholstered them for us.

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Lexan windows sitting on plywood seat bases

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Lots of lexan windows in various sizes

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Some of the completed G12 and E10 seats

          There have been numerous delays in getting our equipment back from body and paint. We currently have a locomotive, OB car and two coaches over there. Most of the delays are related to staffing issues at the beadblaster/ powdercoater and the same issue at the body shop.

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The first 2 E10 coaches back from paint

Sixteen Inch Division

          The focus of our work this year was the restoration work on the two E10s and the G12. We did some 16 gauge running early in the year, but not nearly as much as usual.

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G16 #582 and #506B

S16's Phoenix, Red River & Sandusky

          The Phoenix, Red River and Sandusky each had a detailed brass polishing job this year, each of which was several hours. They also received routine annual maintenance.

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The Phoenix in 2021

Maintenance of Way Equipment

          Other than routine maintenance, the track inspection car received very little attention this year and ran well.

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The track inspection car was put into service a few times this year

Ten and Twelve Inch Division

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10 & 12 inch gauge equipment

          We are making significant progress on our E10 and G12 restoration projects.

G12 MTC Engine No. 377

          I had seats upholstered one for the locomotive, two coaches and the observation car.

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Seats and rebuilt trucks for the G12s (at top of photo)

          We also sheared Lexan for each coach and observation car window.

          We rebuilt and repainted our BKN motor and got it mounted in its tray. We still have a bit of brake rigging work to complete.

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BKN motor

          We completely rebuilt the two power trucks and 3 coach trucks including new seals, bearings, wheels if needed, gears if needed, powder coating and all correct hardware.

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Rebuilt G12 coach and power trucks

          Dave has been all over the internet locating vintage and correct obscure plugs, buttons, switches and other electrical components for the E10s and G12s.

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Tubs of various components for rebuilding our equipment

G12 Addison MTC Engine No. Unk.

          We reproduced the engineer’s seat, both floor pans, the instrument panel, the front upper and lower bulkhead, the battery tray, the driveline cover and the seat lower assembly. The hoods, floor pan ribbing, brake and throttle slides and rebuilding the motor remain.

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Some of the parts fabricated for the Addison Locomotive

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Battery tray on the Addison train's new floor

          We completely rebuilt the two Addison power trucks and 3 coach trucks including new seals, bearings, wheels if needed, gears if needed, powder coating and all correct hardware.

          I had seats upholstered one for the locomotive, two coaches and the observation car.

          We also sheared Lexan for each coach and observation car window.

G12 Coaches

          As mentioned previously, I had seats upholstered for the locomotive, two coaches and the observation car of both the pre-war and post-war G12 trains and the windows have been sheared to size, labeled and bagged for use after these trains return from body and paint. We also rebuilt approximately 20 more coach trucks than we will be using on our current G12 projects. We are willing to trade for E10 equipment.

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Rebuilt trucks

E10 Engines

          We have 5 original MT & RR Co. E10 32 volt electric motors; we will utilize the best two in two of our E10s. Dave has been acquiring the electrical components for the observation car and the locomotive. Except for the massive electric motor itself we are in pretty good shape. We have the original drivelines, but like the G12, will have new ones fabricated. The power trucks have been rebuilt and are wired and ready to install. We have all the switches and buttons for the instrument panel and have all of the handle ends for the exterior trim handles. We also have the hood horns.

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Original MT & RR Co. E10 motors

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E10 power truck

          The seats are completed and ready for installation.

E10 Coaches

          We have acquired all of the trim parts for our four E10 coaches and the two observation cars including the door handle ends, rear side markers and lenses and observation car drumheads. We sheared the Lexan for the windows in both of our E10 trains. The trucks have been rebuilt and are ready for installation.

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Padded seats in the E10 coach
More seats await the return of the other coaches & engines

          Two of the coaches are back from paint and body, but the engine and observation car are delayed. We anticipate their arrival at the A & P in first quarter 2022.

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Painted E10 coaches

Engine House and Collections

          We acquired three more MT & RR Co. torque wrenches for our collection and we added some additional vintage park train advertising to our collection.

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MTC Torque Wrench Display

          We also expanded our collection of MTC and AH literature during the year and added to our park train catalog collection. I need to figure out how to display more of this material in our limited space.

          We added track panels, dual gauged four track panels and added lettering to our three large racks in the engine house and the MTC logo to appropriate displays.

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Dual gauge track; 10" & 12" under construction

          We added two Swope Railways items to our MTC Collection. If you are unaware of the connection between Swope Railways and MTC, Swope purchased the first G16 produced (no. 501) and operated it at Griffith Park in Los Angeles for many years. Swope also purchased and operated no. 507 which ran at the Cleveland Zoo and No. 510 which operated at Balboa Park and Zoo in San Diego. The brass ruler labeled for Swope Railways was gifted to our collection by Ron Moses and the spike with the Swope Railways marking was located by Dave in his ongoing search for MTC related items.

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Swope ruler

          Dave also found a book of Ken-Penn tickets who had a tie to some of our G12 equipment.

          We obtained a MTC crossing signal relay box donated by Rick Nairn. It is the second of the three versions that evolved over the years.

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MTC crossing signal relay box

          We acquired another G12 nose that will eventually be on display in the enginehouse.

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G12 nose for display

          We added 3 small display stands for early G12 and E10 trucks in the engine house.

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One of 3 small display stands for trucks

Miscellaneous Projects

          It gets a little difficult sometimes to separate the railroad related projects from those that are indirectly related but I think designing, assembling and outfitting the E10 and G12 display racks in the engine house are related to the A & P experience and require time and money that would otherwise go toward railroad operation.

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Racks for E10 & G12 trains

          We extended our E10 display rack by 10 feet and also extended our dual gauge rack by 3 feet. We added rail to the extensions and tied it into our original track panels. Both of the E10 track panels will hold a locomotive, 2 coaches and an observation car. The G12 panels will each hold a locomotive and observation car. The dual track panels will each hold 2 G12 coaches.

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This E10 rack was extended by 10 feet

Travels in 2021

          After a BIG railroad travel year for Dave and I in 2019, Covid restricted everyone’s travel in 2020 and 2021. The only railroads Dave and I visited this year were the:

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Paradise & Pacific Railroad at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

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Trinity Alps Mountain Railroad

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Wildlife World Zoo CP Huntington

Visitors in 2021

          We were only able to host a few friends and guests again this year as a result of Covid. The majority of our visitors are local, or at least AZ and Southern CA, and you know who you are, but we get guests from all over the country. This year the visitor who traveled the greatest distance was Steve Eason of Creston, California.

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Ron Moses visited the A&P RR in 2021

Plans for 2022 and Beyond


          Longer range plans include:

          Wish List:

          Our A & P website has been on the web now for 19 1/2 years. We finished 2021 with 155,161 unique hits since we established this site in June of 2002. We finished this year with 5,993 views by our counter which is 16.4 per day. Our viewership increased by about 10% last year, maybe because you never know what project I will drag home and start on next!

          To our long-time viewers who have traveled with us on this almost 20 year internet journey thank you. The Arizona and Pacific Railroad celebrated its 26th anniversary in September of 2021; it is hard to believe that we have been at this that long.

          Happy and safe railroading everybody!

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