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Posted on 03/16/2016


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Tehachapi Loop, California

Tehachapi Loop, California
This is the clever way that trains climb short slopes that are too steep for them. A pretty famous place among railroad buffs.

Old postcard, above. My photo in note.

Bergfex, PHneutre84, Deutscher Friedensstifter, Malik Raoulda and 9 other people have particularly liked this photo


18 comments - The latest ones
W9JIM - Jim Doss
W9JIM - Jim Doss
That is some good engineering.
2 years ago.
Clint
Clint
I drove right past this the last time I was in California without even realizing it was there. I was sad when somebody here posted a picture of it and I figured out what we'd missed.
2 years ago.
W9JIM - Jim Doss has replied to Clint
That happens to me all the time.
2 years ago.
slgwv
slgwv
Looks like one of those improbable interchanges in the Coyote & Roadrunner cartoons!
2 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
That is a stunner !!!
2 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Extraordinary capture!
2 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Beautiful view.
Congrats on Explore.
2 years ago.
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
Fantastic **************
2 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs travels)
Don Barrett (aka DBs…
Quite a view of it. I've explored the area multiple times, but hadn't seen an aerial shot. What's more astounding to me is that this track, opened in 1876 and with only minor modifications since, is still a primary rail freight route.
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
slgwv has replied to Don Barrett (aka DBs…
Well, in the 19th century they _really_ had an incentive to route the railroad over the easiest grades! So maybe it's not so surprising it's still in use.
2 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to slgwv
The problem is that they have very frequent derailments in the section through the pass. Despite LA/Long Beach's role as a major port, there remains no relatively fast way across that mountain range.
2 years ago.
slgwv has replied to Don Barrett (aka DBs…
I'd figure that most rail traffic into the L.A. Basin goes over Cajon Pass?
2 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to slgwv
Cajon Pass would be mostly traffic to the Midwest; there's quite a bit of traffic to the Central Valley and further north and the only options there are the very twisty and urban coastal route or through Tehachapi and then the more level Central Valley. I slightly misstated since an awful lot of traffic through Tehachapi also appears to be connecting northern California with places along the long southern border of the U.S. -- there's very little rail for north/south connections between the Sierras and the Rockies ( www.mapsofworld.com/usa/usa-rail-map.html ).
2 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
Impressive, I can imagine the railway buffs becoming excited about this.
2 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to tiabunna
I stop there whenever I'm in the area, and there's always about 4 cars of people watching and photographing.
2 years ago.
Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda
Admired in:
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Happy Sunday.
2 years ago.
Deutscher Friedensstifter
Deutscher Friedensst…
Interessantes Eisenbahnfoto
2 years ago.