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Dec 7th A smaller G gauge layout, on display only through Dec. 14th..  Note: There will only be two Santa Weekends this year due to Thanksgiving being late in Nov. - Dec.  7th & 14th.

Photograph by Nick Smirnoff



Volunteer Information and Membership Application Click on the appropriate button below. 


If you have any questions please email us at

   Friends of the Tehachapi Depot (FOTD) a 501c3 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 run 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 and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroads. 

      For your convenience the button below 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 the donation

All check donations should be made out to "Friends of the Tehachapi Depot" or FOTD. Please mail to the address below.


Thank you for your support.

101 W. Tehachapi Blvd.

Tehachapi, CA 93561

Thurs. thru Mon. 11 am to 4 pm


We Can't Wait to See You Here

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.