tehachapi loop overlook project



There has been a lot of discussions with Kern County regarding the safety of the viewing site at the Loop.  The County has already provided some safety features there.  

The Loop allows Union Pacific and

BNSF Railroad to gain elevation to cross mountains between Bakersfield and Mojave, and it attracts thousands of railroad buffs and others annually.

The platform was suggested by the Friends of the Depot.  The project leader is Keith Sackewitz.

As people park along, cross and set up chairs to view the trains, will be a huge safety feature.

Photo provided by Anne Marie Novinger

safety is why the tehachapi overlook project needed 


Safety photos by Board Member: Marlan Woodside

Loop Maintenance

This project is a joint effort between Kern County, Friends of the Tehachapi Depot and community stakeholders.  Once the project is complete, the county public works department will be responsible for the road maintenance including any repaving, repairs, signage or drainage issues that may arise.  As with all county roads, this is funded with tax dollars and grants obtained by the county.  The platform itself will be constructed of low maintenance materials and will be the responsibility of Friends of the Tehachapi Depot.  They are a non-profit that already leads the  fundraising efforts to maintain our historical Tehachapi Depot Museum and have done so successfully for many years. 


Rendering of the Overlook as of August 2020 by Alex Kosich

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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.

we have met our goal
thank you to all who donated to this exciting and safe project.

the overlook project should be completed around the end of june


***How to Make a Donation***

  • Click the Donate Button at the top of the page.

  • Write a check to:  Friends of the Tehachapi Depot or FOTD

  • Non-Profit 501(c)3 EIN #65-1221063

major donors


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Friends of the Tehachapi Depot

Greater Tehachapi Economic Development 


8Minute Solar


***Project Team Members***

FOTD:  Tim Trujillo, Board President
               Keith Sackewitz, Board Vice-President
               Linda Gordon, Gift Shop Manager
               Marlan Woodside, Board Member
              Nick Smirnoff

Zack Scrivener's Office: Laura Lynne Wyatt
with complete support and partnership from Zack Scrivener - Kern County Supervisor - District 2

South Street Digital:  Lydia Chaney, Eric Horn and Audrey Post

The Tehachapi Loop:  Claudia Baker, Pat Doody, Staff Writer and Tehachapi Tourism President


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City of Tehachapi

Zack Scrivener - Support for Project

Tehachapi Live Video Cam - Mike & Cheryl Butters

Mary Beth Garrison - Publicity Comment

Popcorn Fundraiser at the Depot 4/10/21 = $2134.00

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BHE Renewables 

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Zack Scrivner, Kern County Board of Supervisors - District 2


Marlan Woodside - FOTD Board Member

Lehigh West Cement Plant - Cement

Dal Bunn -- Fill Dirt

John D. & Virginia J. Thompson

Kern County Public Works Department

Griffith Construction

$1,000 Plus Donations

  Kenny Harrison $6,000

(P-Dubs, Heat Source & AMA Builders $2K ea.)

Carole Lindsey $6,000

Waste Management $5,000

Charles Schwab (Steve Shaw)  $1,000

Tim & Judy Trujillo  $1,000    

Marlan Woodside  $1,000

 Alta One  $1,000

Tehachapi Live Train Cam  $1,000

Dixie Coutant  $1,000

Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Parks  $1,000

Marathon Petroleum (Mojave Div.) $1,000

J. Michael Hemmer $1,000

$300 Plus Donations

Mueller Family  $600    Cheers for Charity  $500

Rotary Club $500  Valley Strong $500

Scott & Mary Beth Garrison $500

Stephen & Pat Smith $500

Mountain Aire Estates $500

RSI (Larry Mitchell) $500

Richard Bissel $500

Del Troy $400     

The Tehachapi Wine & Cattle Company $350

Adam Thacher $350

Sage Ranch $300

Under $300 Donations

       Bruce Jones  $200,  Carter Greene $200

 Ruthie Grimes $200, Keith Sackewitz $200

Loren Pine $100,  James Campbell $100

Rosemarie Davis $100, Linda Gordon $100

D & D Revocable Trust $100,  Michael Davies $100

Linda Carhart $100, Tehachapi Loop Railroad Club $100

Mrs. Marcia Thompson $100, Timothy Gassaway $100

J P Imandt $100, James Louie $100. Mary Bouchard $100

Network for Good $50,  Teresa Troll (Perry) $50

Leslie Palmer $50, Thomas Mills $50

Ross Pinyan $50 , Dirk Nijenmanting $50

Warhol $30,  John Dilly $25, Gary Woods  $25 

John Lasky $25

Dennis Storms $20, Robert & Barbara Sherrill $20 

William Griffin $20 ($10 Recurring)

Michael Lockwood $10, Martijn de Ru  $10 

Kristie Nichols $5,  Cyclist $3  

Tehachapi Loop Railroad Club Members $100