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     “Santa Claus at the Depot” has been a popular Christmas tradition in Tehachapi for a number of years welcoming parents to have their child’s picture taken with Santa during December. 


     However, this year the Friends of the Tehachapi Depot has regrettably decided to cancel the event. We want to keep our visitors and volunteers safe during the Pandemic, and social distancing cannot be maintained under the circumstances. We are hopeful, however, that Santa will be able make a visit to our Depot next year. 


     In the meantime we have opened the Depot to visitors on weekends following Covid guidelines, and we will have our Christmas train on display throughout December for children of all ages to enjoy. So we welcome all to pay a visit to our Museum. 


Friends of the Tehachapi Depot (FOTD)


     The Depot 501c3 is non-profit association that operates the Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum.  The Museum building and property is owned by the City of Tehachapi.  The museum is ran by volunteer members.  The funds that we receive are from our small gift shop, donations from our visitors, bus tours and special events throughout the year.

      We are very proud of our Museum, and equally proud of our volunteers, who welcome our visitors with open arms, and who inform our visitors of its historical data and information about our community.

     All donations are appreciated, as they allow us to accomplish our goal of educating our visitors about the depot history, train safety and the famous Tehachapi Loop.  The adjacent rail line is a very active freight route used by both the Union Pacific (UP) and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroads. 

      For your convenience the button on this page will quickly take you to various

areas on the website.



     You can also sign into your Amazon account via and enter "Friends of the Tehachapi Depot" name as the charity you wish to support, we will receive 0.05% of your qualified purchases.  NOTE: You will have to sign into Smile.Amazon .com to make your purchases.  


All check donations should be made out to "Friends of the Tehachapi Depot" or FOTD. Please mail to the address in the footer. Thank you for your support.

This is the hardest post we have to make.  Due to Covid we have to close again.

City of Tehachapi, CA Government


The Downtown Tehachapi Christmas Tree has been lit!

Special thanks to our Public Works Department who got everything done more than a week ahead of schedule to help start holiday cheer.

Photograph by Nick Smirnoff

Note:  Monday is Maintenance Day on the RR Tracks

plan your visit

At the Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum, we believe that a museum is not just a place for storing unique objects. Rather,it’s a place for people to engage, interact and ponder. This is because education involves active participation which is why we offer a wide array of events and exhibitions that range from celebrational to educational, targeting both adult audiences and the entire family. We invite you to peruse our upcoming schedule and plan a special day with us.

Photographs on this page was submitted by Nick Smirnoff

There's something for everyone at the Tehachapi Depot. With four great rooms to visit, hundreds of train items on exhibit, a working train signal garden, play lot for the kids, free tours, and a beautiful gift shop.

We Can't Wait to See You Here

101 W. Tehachapi Blvd.

Tehachapi, CA 93561

Thurs. thru Mon. 11 am to 4 pm


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101 W. Tehachapi Blvd., Tehachapi, CA 93561

Thurs. thru Mon. 11 am to 4 pm


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