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Union Pacific's Mojave Subdivision
Tehachapi Segment: Bakersfield, Ca to Mojave, CA
Updated: 03/21/2005  Current Picture Count = 74

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    Quite possibly one of the most famous portions of railroading in all of the world is the Tehachapi Loop. It is a stunning display of machine against mountain and remains untarnished after more than 125 years. Trains have fought this mountain pass with courage and strength, and while most win the battle with nature, the mountain does occasionally win one as well. This page can not tell the full tale of the Loop, but I'll try to give you a small peak at one of the greatest railroading achievements of the 19th century.

    The tracks climb through scenic farm pastures and along rugged mountain cliffs, but the icing on the cake is the Loop, a nearly 4,000' circle that carries trains up nearly 80' often doubling the longest trains over themselves. The Loop is the most visible landmark, but the engineering feats don't stop there. There are 12 remaining tunnels of an original 17 and there approximately 6 horseshoe curves in about 16 miles, 3 of which occur in less than 5 miles of track. Steep grades and tight curves are the name of the game and slow, heavy freight the prize. So enjoy and look around. Tehachapi is one of the most photographed and videoed locations of the railroad world, I only hope I can provide additional enlightenment on this truly wonderful place.

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Mojave Subdivision Table of Contents: (White background is your current page)

Picture Pages

Total # of Pictures

Last Update:

Maps & Railfan Info

Mojave Sub Main Page

77 03/21/2005

Mojave Sub Maps

Tehachapi ( Bakersfield, CA to Mojave, CA)

77

1-9-2005

NA

Palmdale Cutoff (Mojave, CA to Summit, CA)

 

11-23-2003

NA

Cajon (Summit, CA to West Colton, CA)

 

1-9-2005

NA

 


From North to South

Bakersfield...none

Kern Jct...none

Quantico...none

Magunden...none

Edison...none

Sandcut


Bena


Ilmon


Caliente


Allard & Tunnel 2


Bealville

SP 114  Bealville, CA


Cliff


Rowen


Woodford

UP 4134  Walong, CA


Walong

BNSF 4576  Loop, CABnsf 747  Walong, CASF 6713  Walong, CAUP 4134  Walong, CA


Marcel...none

Cable...none

Cable X-over...none

Tehachapi

BNSF 8278  Tehachapi, CA


Summit Switch...none

Monolith...none

Cameron


Warren


Mojave...none



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