We are so excited that we are doing this project because of the safety issues that the viewing area that we now have, and it's historical history that this area in our area, but also nation wide, by providing cross country connection.
HOWEVER, WE DO NEED YOUR SUPPORT. YOU CAN DO THIS BY CLICKING THE DONATE BUTTON AT THE TOP OF ANY OF OUR PAGES. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP. NOTE: ANYTHING YOU DONATE WILL HELP, WHETHER IT BE LARGE OR JUST A DOLLAR.
Things are looking up, so maybe we will be open again soon.
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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.
Photograph 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
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.
Stoke Signal Collection & Signage
One of the Elementary School Tour of the Depot
Bell Ringing inside Depot
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.