Bealville is the former location of a train order station and
current location of a 13,270 foot siding, the longest siding on the west slope of
Tehachapi Pass. The old train order station site at Bealville is located about 1
mile north of Highway 58 on Bealville Road. The road crosses the railroad near the
east switch of the siding. From the road crossing, the old station was located east
of the road on the south side of the tracks. To the west of the road, a section
foreman's house once stood near a lone tree that stands today on the south side of the
tracks (many railfans today use the tree's shade to escape the heat of the day).
Also to the east of Bealville Road, the railroad turns to the south around a hillside and
enters Tunnel #3. Beyond Tunnel #3 the tracks enter the Clear Creek Ravine and
re-appear on the hills above Bealville to the east after emerging from Tunnel #5. As
eastbound trains leave Tunnel #5, they pass the west switch of Cliff siding.
The area between Tunnel #3
and the west end of Cliff siding were severely damaged by the magnitude 7.5 Kern County
Earthquake on July 21, 1952. The damage was caused due to the White Wolf fault's
crossing of the railroad in the Clear Creek Ravine between Tunnel #4 and Tunnel #5.
After rebuilding, the line was relocated between Tunnel #3 and Tunnel #5 and Tunnel #6 was
daylighted. Tunnel #4 was plugged and bypassed and a shoofly was built around Tunnel
#5 while it was being rebuilt. The remains of Tunnel #4's west portal are still
visible today, and the grade of the shoofly is now a maintenance road.
(Page corrected on 8/26/2000 with historical
information submitted by Mr. John Sweetser)
Directions to Bealville from
Travel east on Highway 58 from Highway 99
approximately 20 to 25 miles to Bealville Road (Caliente turnoff); Travel north on
Bealville Road approximately 1 mile to railroad crossing
Also, see the map and directions to Caliente.
Gas/Lodging: Bakersfield (east
25 miles) or Tehachapi (east 20 miles)
Food: Bakersfield (West 25
miles), Keene (daytime only, 10 miles east), or Tehachapi (east 20 miles)