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.
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