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1952 Tehachapi track configuration
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: February 20, 2019 05:41PM

Pursuant to our conversation last Friday about the track arrangement
at Tehachapi, I've attached the photo from the UC Santa Barbara
Aerial Photo collection that shows the Green Street crossing, the
depot, and its surroundings just after the earthquake in 1952. This
appears to be a series of prints overlaid on each other. The Green
Street crossing is toward the right of this image, with the depot
just to the left of the crossing with a couple of boxcars spotted in
front of it on the house track.

Note that there are no tracks north of the mainline at the crossing;
Sidings Nos. 2 and 3 come off the westward main track west of the
crossing. The crossover just west of the crossing was at that time
the end of double track; Siding No. 1 is the extension of the
alignment of the westward main track west of the crossover.



Also, the house track is the only track between the depot and the
eastward main track, though it's on wide enough centers at the depot
that another track would fit between it and the mainline. The
spacing between the house track and the mainline narrows considerably
at a couple of jogs west of the depot.

The UCSB collection with this picture in it is at <https://
www.library.ucsb.edu/src/airphotos/california-aerial-photography-
county>. Subsequently, a click on "Kern County" on the list below
the map will take you to <[mil.library.ucsb.edu]
ap_indexes/county.php?county_id=199&state_id=5>. There, you'll find
a list of sub-collections by date and flight number. This one came
from Flight C-18085 on July 25, 1952, which is down the list a ways.
Clicking on that flight number takes you a page with a description
and a link to "View Index." By going there, you can click on each
listed group of images to view it and zoom in on it.

I looked over some of the other 1952 aerials on the list and Fight
C-18085 was the only one with such a high-resolution scale (1:2400)
and with numerous views of the right-of-way, though I didn' t try to
look at everything.

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