Tehachapi Loop

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Great shot. You captured the essence of the place for sure.

It was my favorite train-watching spot back 1995-2001. I used to spend the weekends camped by the tracks. Met railfans and looky-loos from all over the world.

This photo was taken Memorial Day 2001. The group on the rise on the left-side of the photo came every Memorial Day; I think it was a group of Veterans. They hired their own portable toilets and had an excellent time.
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I was working over Tehachapi in 1998 ( on a loan from the Northwest Division), I was rather surprised to see all the campers (April 98) along the loop area, the old head I was working, Said, "that's nothing, wait till the fourth of July." That was not an understatement, I took a few photos as we went uphill more than once, too busy to do that downhill. LOL!
First of all, thanks to exploreworld for reminding me about some good times.

Can't speak for now, but back then it was an amazing place. One Saturday afternoon a big motorhome pulled up on that rise with grandfather, mom & dad, and a couple of kids.

I walked over. Mom was cooking supper, the kids were being kids, and the grandfather was sitting in a chair about 20 feet from the tracks with his cane across his lap; his first words were, "We're railroadin'!"

Turns out he had been a chair-car attendant for SP back in the day and worked on a train that went through Tehachapi. His family brought him there every once-in-a-while to reminisce.

I always dreaded that something would happen there to cause UP to close it off like Cajon Pass was closed off after someone rumored that a vandal uncoupled the train back in the middle while it was awaiting a clear signal. As far as I know that wasn't true, and it's still off limits.
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