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Tehachapi Loop

Address: Woodford-Tehachapi Rd, Tehachapi, CA
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Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Tehachapi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Helena, MT
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256 helpful votes 256 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I saw this first on a TV show. Reminds me of the spiral tunnels in the Canadian Rockies. Amazing to see all those power units getting it done. Impressive, lots of power being put to the ground. Can you imagine it in the era of steam?

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Aloha, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

You have to be there and see a train negotiating the tight curl of the Loop to wrap your mind around the scene. It's an exciting part of our history and the sacrifice of hundreds of workers who made this little miracle possible. It's worth the short trip off highway 58.

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San Francisco
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61 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The Tehachipi Loop is a section of the north/south railroad, famous for linking San Francisco and Los Angeles by rail. It is one of the top 7 railroad wonders in the world. To climb the steep grade without enough flat land to get a running start, or putting on half a dozen engines (freight line only), a brilliant engineer design... More 

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Ware, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I'd seen a picture of the Tehachapi looks and thought it would be great to see. Our travel plans changed due to snow and we had to travel further south than I had anticipated. This took us near to Tehachapi and I took the opportunity to visit. I'm not a rail enthusiast and I tentatively look my mother and sister... More 

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Mena, Arkansas
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 via mobile

for all you rail fans out there this is a must !what a railroad wonder really enjoyed spending a little time here I could have spent a little bit more but didn't have enough time to spare. . I definitely want to return on a better day with better lighting conditions .

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Moses Lake, Washington
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This is an amazing engineering marvel! Even if you are not a railroad buff, this needs to be seen. The exit off of CA 58 is well marked both directions. The road up to the loop is a very crooked one indeed, several 10 MPH corners. The view at the summit is breathtaking. The locals do not mind conversing with... More 

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Tehachapi, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This Railroad track has a cool history of how it was made. It is an Engineering marvel. The Train circles around and runs over itself in order to get up the steep grade. This is a Must See for any train buffs! Then go into Tehachapi to the Train Station Museum and get the history of the Tehachapi Loop. Just... More 

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Banning, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Be sure to get off at Keene turnoff and go to the viewpoint to see the Loop. There are any trains going through the area each day Really fun to see.

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Bovey
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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

If your not into trains or engineering this is not really that impressive. If you understand the work and physics involved in the making of this loop, you'll be impressed.

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Santa Ana, California
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175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We had read that this was one of the things "to do" when in Tehachapi, but we couldn't really understand what was so special about a train going in a loop. By going to the Railroad Museum in town first, we could understand the importance of this "new" idea of having trains go up a grade. When we actually drove... More 

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