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Address: Woodford-Tehachapi Rd, Tehachapi, CA

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The loop

Very interesting for adults and children. Be sure to visit the depot museum in downtown Tehachapi in conjunction with this stop. Also the train/toy shop in downtown. A train buffs... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Tracy H
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Tehachapi, California
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Tehachapi, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting for adults and children. Be sure to visit the depot museum in downtown Tehachapi in conjunction with this stop. Also the train/toy shop in downtown. A train buffs dream visit.

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Thank Tracy H
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a pretty amazing experience to watch a long freight train go around a curve and the locomotives go under the wagons, which happens when a long train traverses the loop. It was built in the 1870s to allow trains to negotiate the steep track in this area. When we went, there had been delays on the track because of... More 

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Winters, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been coming through Tehachapi for 4 years, and had yet to see a train on the loop. We stay at a local RV Park for a couple of days each year. Well this year we heard trains all night long. Got up early, took chairs and sat at the Loop. About 20 minutes. And oh yeah. It is... More 

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Palmer, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The drive is awe inspiring even though it is still on the outskirts of the city. Amazingly rugged mountains but able to view the Loop from the car. Plaques give the History of the Loop which is not to be missed. Well worth your time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Freight trains are more frequent in the afternoons however we didn't have to wait more than 10 minutes in the morning to view an eastbound train circling through the loop. A very interesting engineering marvel recommended for everyone passing in the area (not just railroads fans).

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Thank CASD312
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

A great idea from 1876 that works to this day. A must see as the trains make their way around the track, front looping back.

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Thank Maggie W
Tehachapi, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Visiting the Tehachapi Loop is a once in a lifetime experience. The price is right (free) but there is not much more than a plaque and a winding road to experience. If you are a follower of history, this is somewhat interesting. It is an engineering feat, but for most people, the experience offers little.

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Danville, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

The loop is visible only from the old highway, but it isn't that far our of the way. If you time it right you can see a train pass over itself as it goes around the loop. A lot of trains pass through here so you shouldn't have to wait long. (warning: fun for train spotters only!)

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Thank Jim W
Cody, Wyoming, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

For anyone in the Tehachapi area take a moment and check out the Historical Loop. If you watch a lot of crime movies it seems like the loop always makes an appearance! One that comes to mind right away is an episode of Criminal Minds with what else but a serial killer. Check it out and see for yourself.

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Thank Joni S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

It's not really a destination unto itself, but I think it's cool. An engineering marvel and you'll see a train go through if you wait long enough. It's a busy track so you're probably sure to see one if you're there 45 mins or longer

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