NEW! Tehachapi Loop overlook project

by "Friends of the Tehachapi Depot"  - Making this dream a reality!

      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.

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

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        Yay, we are in the Red Tier

 

Starting April 10th through May, we will be open on Saturday and Sundays.  

WOW, what a fabulous reopening and the fundraiser on 4/10 went extremely well.  Thank You all for donations and visiting our museum.  

We are now less then $20K to meet our goal.  See our project page.  

It was also great having our visitors everyone was so excited to be there.  Not only on Sat. but Sun. also.  The volunteers had just as much fun as our visitors did.

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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

Bell Ringing inside Depot