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Tehachapi Summit

This is the east end of the Tehachapi valley looking west at the Lehigh Heidelberg Cement Group's cement plant at what once was called Monolith. On the left center of the picture is Tehachapi Summit. You can see a southbound train coming toward you that has just come over the summit meeting a northbound train that is still pulling uphill on double track. The cement plant gets its raw materials from a mountain just to the right of the picture and is delivered by a conveyer belt. There used to be a narrow guage railroad that did this. The plant also receives that black material by rail and ships the finished cement by rail. Oh yes, the big dome is used to store the dry limestone before being sent to the ball mill. This was taken September 24, 2006 at aproximately 10:00 am with a Canon Digital Rebel and a 70-300 mm lens set at 210mm.

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