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Tehachapi Loop, Tehachapi

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#99 of 259 in Historic Sites in California
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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 Tehachapi Loop is truly a marvel. It's fun to watch the trains double over on themselves. My kids were fascinated it when they were younger. The trains are very frequent. The parking situation can...  more »
  • Took a mornin ride and was lucky enough to see a train go by because you never know how long you will have to stay there to catch one. She thought it was an awesome site to see.  more »
  • I was expecting to see more but the views from the road limit the sightline to actually see the train entering or leaving the tunnel. Actually saw more from interstate but there is no pullout to view ...  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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