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Tehachapi Loop, Tehachapi CA, June 2002

The Tehachapi Pass railroad line was built from 1874 to 1876. The famous loop is about half way up the pass. This line averages 2.2% over 28 miles. The line was built through solid and decomposed granite by 3,000 Chinese laborers from Canton China.

The original line climbed out of the San Joaquin Valley and through the Tehachapi mountains and had 18 tunnels, 10 bridges and numerous water towers. This was the last link for the line connecting San Francisco to Los Angeles. 122+ years later an average of 36 freight trains pass through the loop per day.

I was here on a Wednesday about 1 pm and saw 3 different trains pass through the loop while I took these photos.

Upper viewing area of the Tehachapi Loop.[Panorama1_cropped_1]
[Pan] Upper viewing area of the Tehachapi Loop.[Panorama1_cropped_1]

A 4,000 foot train will cross 77 feet above its rear cars in the tunnel[Panorama1_cropped_2]
[Pan] A 4,000 foot train will cross 77 feet above its rear cars in the tunnel[Panorama1_cropped_2]

Lower level of the loop[Panorama1_cropped_3]
[Pan] Lower level of the loop[Panorama1_cropped_3]

This is just south of the freeway that is visible in the far background. To the far right is the actual loop[Panorama1_cropped_5]
[Pan] This is just south of the freeway that is visible in the far background. To the far right is the actual loop[Panorama1_cropped_5]

View of a train on the upper side of the loop in the far distance[Panorama1_cropped_6]
[Pan] View of a train on the upper side of the loop in the far distance[Panorama1_cropped_6]

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Train entering the loop