Tehachapi Loop


Famous Tehachapi Train Loop with ‘triple header’ Diesel engines about to pass under the train’s caboose. Original Watercolor using Mineral Infused Watercolors of Jade, Serpentine genuine, and Hematite. Read below for Artwork’s Story and Archival Properties.

Size Info
Framed 22in x 28in (Original 15in x 22in)
Product Features
Original Watercolor on Paper

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Learn the Artwork’s Story: This work was created in collaboration with the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, Balboa Park to celebrate their similar 2-year challenge in building this massive HO scale model. It was completed by volunteers, in isolated teams, during the Global pandemic. This art piece signifies triumph and teamwork in the face of adversity for both past and present. This Original Watercolor painting was juried by famous Italian Art Voice Pierre Guidetti for his 2022 ‘Go Paint Art Show’ at the San Diego Watercolor Society in March 2022. The piece uses several mineral-infused watercolors to include: Jade, Serpentine Genuine in the soft hills (see a green dot on the right side of the background), and Hematite in the strong rock face. 

A Brief History of the physical location: An Engineering feat in its day, A train just over a half mile long of boxcars (shown here) will pass over itself going around the loop. It was constructed by the Southern Pacific RR (1874-1876) with about 3,000 Chinese workers using just hand tools, picks, shovels, horse-drawn carts, and blasting powder to cut through solid and decomposed granite that created this helix-shaped 0.72-mile loop.

Archival Properties: Piece is available and comes framed, matted ready to hang. Frame is matte black aluminum, plexiglass, archival quality mat, colors used 100+ year lightfastness, wire hanging system. All pieces hand stamped with Artist’s Seal on back. Price of artwork covers framing. Great Gift for a Diesel Fan, Civil Engineer, Nature or Travel Lover.

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American Society of Railway Artists