Darling, Arizona

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Darling, Arizona
Populated place
A freight train passing through Darling
A freight train passing through Darling
Darling, Arizona is located in Arizona
Darling, Arizona
Darling, Arizona
Location within the state of Arizona
Darling, Arizona is located in the United States
Darling, Arizona
Darling, Arizona
Darling, Arizona (the United States)
Coordinates: 35°12′02″N 111°24′02″W / 35.20056°N 111.40056°W / 35.20056; -111.40056Coordinates: 35°12′02″N 111°24′02″W / 35.20056°N 111.40056°W / 35.20056; -111.40056
CountryUnited States
Elevation6,227 ft (1,898 m)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (MST)
Area code(s)928
FIPS code04-17950
GNIS feature ID28279

Darling is the name of a cinder pit and railroad station situated in Coconino County, Arizona. Darling is both the Santa Fe railroad's name for the Winona, Arizona train station and the name of the cinder pit next to Winona. The place and the pit are both named in honor of William B. Darling, a local railroad engineer.[2]

The history of Darling is tied directly to the railroad that crosses through it. The Southwest Chief has been a regular visitor[3][4] and for many years it was served by the Santa Fe Railway.[5][6][7]

Darling Cinder Pit is an open cast cinder mine in Cinder Mountain, a Tappan age basaltic cinder cone.[8] In 1985 it was noted that the pit was the largest cinder-producing site in Arizona, with Arizona having the highest cinder production of any state in the US.[9] It was used by the Santa Fe Railroad to produce track bed materials.[10][11] It has also been mined for use in building materials.[12] The railroad installed a Sauerman bucket and an anchor tower to aid transport of the rock to hoppers.[13]

In October 2019 a Burlington Northern freight train derailed there, disrupting both freight traffic, intermodal transport[14] and passenger train traffic on Amtrak.[15][16]


  1. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Darling". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Dinner Honors William B. Darling". Arizona Daily Sun. September 29, 1958. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  3. ^ "Southwest Chief". RailNews. Pasadena, Caifornia: Pentrex. 404-409: 76. the Southwest Chief, rolls through Darling, Arizona, on Sept. 20, 1996.
  4. ^ Schmollinger, Steve. Images of Western Railroading. Voyageur Press. p. 153. ISBN 9781610604123.
  5. ^ Lawrence, Elrond G. (2008). Route 66 Railway: The Story of Route 66 and the Santa Fe Railway in the American Southwest. Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation. p. 107.
  6. ^ "Railfan and Railroad". 11. Carstens Publications. 1992: 20. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ "ATSF Railway train symbol VLAKC at West Darling, Arizona". CarrTracks. Retrieved January 16, 2020. Santa Fe train VLAKC approaches the old US highway 66 bridge at Darling, AZ early in the morning of February 21, 1988. In the background are the San Francisco Mountains. Humphreys Peak is the highest point in Arizona at 12,670 feet. Disk 68
  8. ^ Geology of Northern Arizona, with Notes on Archaeology and Paleoclimate: Area studies and field guides, Geological Society of America, 1974, p. 501
  9. ^ Darling Cinder Pits (PDF), Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources Mining Collection
  10. ^ "Santa Fe's Cinder Supply Good for 100 More years". Arizona Daily Sun. July 2, 1973. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  11. ^ "Annual Report of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway". Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company. 1965. p. 10. Retrieved January 14, 2020. Mountain of ballast for Santa Fe tracks near Darling, Arizona. Turkey Tank Mountain in the background of photo at right is a major source of our volcanic cinder ballast. Santa Fe has constructed special facilities at this location to move the cinders.
  12. ^ Coe, Fredric L.; Favus, Murray J. 1993 The Year Book of Nephrology. Mosby-Year Book. p. 69. ISBN 0815119291. ISBN 9780815119296. Used in Cinder Blocks
  13. ^ Bradley,, R. Collins. "Darling, Arizona". Kansas State Historical Archives (Photograph). Retrieved January 16, 2020. Distal view of a D-* caterpillar dozer with a large "U" shaped blade immediately after discharging cinders onto the "face of the rock pile" where a Sauerman bucket will pick up and transport the rock deposited to the hopper. Anchor tower at the Santa Fe's Darling, Arizona, cinder pit can be seen ...CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  14. ^ "BNSF Darling, AZ Derailment Disrupts Intermodal Service to/from CA and AZ". October 15, 2019. Retrieved January 13, 2020. ... October 14, 2019, BNSF received a preliminary report that a non-intermodal train derailed near Darling, AZ, blocking both main lines to/from California and Arizona. ...BNSF does not have an alternate route available. As a result, customers should expect delays of 24-72 hours on shipments moving to/from California and Arizona. Due to the severity of this service interruption during domestic peak season, equipment availability may also be temporarily disrupted in some markets. J.B. Hunt will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.
  15. ^ Buffon, Scott (October 14, 2019). "Freight train derails east of Flagstaff, closes tracks indefinitely". Arizona Daily Sun. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  16. ^ "Customer Notifications Final Report: Train Derailment near Darling, Arizona (Seligman Subdivision)". Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. October 14, 2019. Retrieved January 13, 2020. ... we received a preliminary report of a train derailment near Darling, AZ which has affected both main tracks. Darling, AZ is approximately 15 miles east of Flagstaff, AZ. Main track 2 was returned to service October 15, 2019 at 11:40 a.m. CT and Main track 1 was returned to service October 15, 2019...