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Tehachapi, CA

Tehachapi Loop

Tehachapi Loop
Built between 1874 and 1876, world famous for its unique solution to what was considered an unsolvable problem in building the railway through an exceptionally steep section of the mountains to the Tehachapi pass.

Civil Engineer William Hood designed the 3,799' loop to a maximum gradient of 2.2% to raise the rails to gain the nearly 80' required. It is one of the seven wonders of the railroad world.

Satellite image of Tehachapi Loop
Satellite image of Tehachapi Loop

Also see:
Mojave Desert Railroads

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