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Tehachapi Loop, Tehachapi

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The Tehachapi Loop is a 0.73mi long spiral, or helix, on the Union Pacific Railroad line through Tehachapi Pass, of the Tehachapi Mountains in Kern County, south-central California. The line connects Bakersfield and the San Joaquin Valley to Mojave in the Mojave Desert. The line, which sees an average of almost 40 trains each day, is one of the busiest single-track mainlines in the world.With its frequent trains and spectacular scenery, the Loop is one of the prime railfan areas in the country. In 1998, the Loop was named a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark and is now California Historical Landmark #508.HistoryOne of the engineering feats of its day, the Loop was built by Southern Pacific Railroad to ease the grade over Tehachapi Pass. Construction began in 1874, and the line opened in 1876. Contributors to the project's construction include Arthur De Wint Foote and the project's chief engineer, William Hood.Rising at a steady 2% grade, the track gains in elevation in the Loop. A train more than long passes over itself going around the loop. At the bottom of the loop, the track passes through Tunnel 9, the ninth tunnel built as the railroad worked from Bakersfield.
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  • The transport is carried out on a very narrow and winding mountain road. Before you reach the goal, signs are placed, which indicate the loop and to pedestrians crossing the road. On the pedestrian to look really. On the side of the mountain, a short strip of Park is so must all tourists on the street. We were short after 16 h on the spot and it 6 trains came one after the other, each alternately from above and below. You announce themselves by loud whistles. The trains are very long and 5 locomotives were attracted to the part. That alone is already worth a visit. The loop makes the whole thing even better. The two pieces of information you can see well the loop, I recommend a stroll but the road upwards. There is a small gravel road and later a mountain from which can be seen in the tunnel mouth or overlooking also the circle, which itself connects to the loop.
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  • The Tehachapi loop is an engineering marvel. It is recognized as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark and a California Historical Landmark. Built in 1874-1876 it solved the problem of gettin...  more »
  • We stopped and watched from the monument/info area on the Woodford-Tehachapi road out of Tehachapi. It took about 45 minutes for a train to come by, but it was worth the wait. Read the info, enjoy the...  more »
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  • Its exciting to watch how the train picks up speed to get enough power to make the rest of the way up the grade or slows Itself so it can make it the rest of the way down the steep grade. And always cool to here there horns blow thru the mountains.
  • If you want to visit, drive in on Woodford-Tehachapi Road. Broome Road is private with posted no trespassing signs.
  • Watch a train loop above itself- apparently an engineering marvel. Trainspotters come from all over the world to witness this- their excitement makes this place all more special.
  • CALIFORNIA History, still in use today. With 36 Trains on average per day, you won't wait long to see the LOOP in action. Excellent stop on your road trip...
  • If you have never seen a freight train cross over itself, you just might want to do this while its still possible. There is an overlook from the highway just east of the loop; look for the two monuments along the roadside. Don't trespass, things today are not like they used to be here, stick to the legal viewing locations.

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