The World Famous Tehachapi Loop
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Built back in 1876 and considered a great engineering feat this .73 mile long loop around a small knoll has become famous around the world. Any train of more than 4,000 feet (1.2 km) passes over itself going around the loop. It is now owned by Union Pacific and BNSF also uses it under an agreement. It is known as Walong in honor of the Roadmaster of the District at the time, W. A. Long.
Usually the number of trains makes this a real rail fan hangout, but the day we stopped by there were two crews working on the tracks both here at the loop and in a couple of the short tunnels just up the hill.
I'll try to go back again soon to get some shots with trains. :D
And in case you are wondering why the location reads Keene, that is because that is where you want to exit Highway 58 to get to the loop. There is a nice little two lane road that leads right up near it and goes on up around where all the better views are.