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Tehachapi Loop

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Address: Woodford-Tehachapi Rd, Tehachapi, CA

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Great working history lesson!

We were there 3 minutes before a train came through. Heard to explain what it is but seeing the train makes it all crystal clear!

Reviewed 3 days ago
kim r
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were there 3 minutes before a train came through. Heard to explain what it is but seeing the train makes it all crystal clear!

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Escondido CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You can't visit Tehachapi without going out to the "Loop". There is an overlook that gives you a broad overview of this unusual train track design, but it's really only a wide spot in the small two lane road with limited parking and viewing space. However, if there aren't too many people there, it is well worth the stop. You... More 

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Arizona
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When I was a kid in the Cub Scouts, a very long time ago, the troop was treated to ride through the loop in a passenger train, see, I told you it was a long time ago. I still remember that trip. I suppose we were told about the engineering feat involved but I was more enthralled just by the... More 

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Tehachapi, California
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

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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Auckland, New Zealand
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

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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Reviewed 13 March 2017 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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Reviewed 13 March 2017

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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Reviewed 7 March 2017

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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Reviewed 30 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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Tehachapi, California
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Reviewed 18 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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