Drone Footage Of BNSF Freight At Tehachapi Loop
Considered a California Historical Landmark, the Tehachapi Loop draws railfans from all over the world!
This railfan catches a spectacular view of the scenery of the Tehachapi Loop from his drone camera!
Built by the Southern Pacific Railroad between 1874-1876, this single track “spiral” or helix is now owned by Union Pacific. The grade itself connects San Joaquin Valley and Bakersfield, California, to the Mojave Desert and the town of Mojave on the way to Los Angeles.
Some quick facts about the Tehachapi Loop:
- Length is about three quarters of a mile long!
- The grade is 2% rising 2 feet for every 100 feet of track – very steep by train standards!
- Average of 40 trains per day make their way through the loop.
- Makes its way through the Tehachapi Pass in the Tehachapi Mountains in Kern County, California.
- Trains of 4000 feet in length or longer pass under themselves as they go through the loop!
Like a giant boa constrictor, the train slowly makes its way around the curves!
Due to the frequent use of the Tehachapi Loop, Union Pacific bars Amtrak trains from using this inland route from Los Angeles to San Francisco. The only exception allowed as a detour is when the Amtrak Coast Starlight has its normal route blocked or closed.
Note: The clip has a music overlay which you may or may not find appealing! Mute your speakers if you feel the need!
Let us know if you have ever had the chance to see the Tehachapi Loop in person and what you thought. We would love to hear about your experience!