NEW! Tehachapi Loop overlook project
by "Friends of the Tehachapi Depot"
we hit our goal
construction starting june 21, 20211
Picture a train climbing a steep hill and it is almost at the top, we need to give it a little push to get to the top.
We are almost there, but we still need your help to make it at least over the top. Every little bit helps large or small. Pay by clicking the button at the top or mail a check to the address below.
Additional Day Added
Starting June 4th until further notice, we will be open on Friday thru Sunday.
It has been so great having visitors again. The volunteers had just as much fun as our visitors did. However, due to Covid we need some additional more volunteers -- Cashiers & Doncents. Training will be given, so you don't need to know a lot about trains. Just join us and volunteer with a great team and meet a lot of nice people.
Photographs by Nick Smirnoff
Friends of the Tehachapi Depot (FOTD)
The Friends of 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.
Note: Monday is maintenance day on the RR tracks.
Also, every year in January & February is a major track maintenance period.
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
We Can't Wait to See You Here
Stokoe Signal Collection & Signage
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.
Progress Rail a company in Mojave, built the bench and donated to the Depot. They used wheels off of a 1943 Pullman car. Employees of the plant built it after hours on their own time. RTS crane set the bench in place with a very large crane as the bench weighs about 2700 pounds.
To see complete story click here.