NEW! Tehachapi Loop overlook project

by "Friends of the Tehachapi Depot"  

we hit our goal
construction starting june 21, 2021

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Almost
Done

NEW:  See Live Videos Cams at the Tehachapi Loop,  Depot or West Cable 

The Tehachapi Railroad Calendar is Back: 
18 Month Calendar from July 2021 thru December 2022
See Gift Shop Page for Front & Back of Calendar -- $16.00 + Shipping

Note:  We will ship, please send a request by email to: fotdgiftshop@gmail.com

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 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.

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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.

     

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Depot Tour Guides, photo by Nick Smirnof

Stokoe Collection

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

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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.

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Unloading Bench from Jim Jury's Trailer.
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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.

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One of the Elementary School Tour of the Depot

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