Tehachapi Loop photo published as ‘This train from China to Germany’
In a true example of international “fake news,’ the historic, ancient Tehachapi Loop has falsely been identified as the China to Germany rail line.
Alt News asks those who see the photo to join in a global effort to eliminate misinformation which is increasingly clouding the world.
The caption for the picture of the local historical landmark used this incorrect explanation:
“This train from China to Germany travels through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland. Distance traveled 10214 kms. Started on the 13th of June last year. Goods transporting train. Plying from Europe (Germany) to China and vice versa. 200 containers per trip and there are plans to increase to 300. Traveling time about 14 days. If by ship takes about 2 months. Spectacular shots. This is most interesting and must see to the end. The train is like a snake going around the hill. Take note: four engines to pull 200 containers. Fantastic.”
Alt News reported that “The message is being shared widely, along with a video showing a train with numerous coaches emerging from a tunnel and going around a hillock in a serpentine fashion.”
The organization said the tweet of September 2019 has been retweeted widely. The video, however, is being circulated widely on WhatsApp, at present. Alt News received scores of requests on the official Alt News app for verification of the accompanying claim. The video is 4:57 minutes long.”
Alt News also reported that the video has been posted on Facebook since 2018.
In the Fact Check column, Alt News said it found that “the narrative accompanying the video to be false. This train seen in the video does not ply from China to Germany as claimed. It is in the USA.”
“To begin with, Alt News searched Google with the keywords ‘China to Germany train,’ and found the same video posted on YouTube in 2018 with the same claim. … However, in the comments section, we found a comment by a user who claimed that the video shows a cargo train in the USA, and the route is the Tehachapi Loop.
“On the basis of this information, Alt News found several videos posted on YouTube on the Tehachapi Loop, which resembles the video shared by social media and WhatsApp users. The Tehachapi Loop is a spiral railway route, connecting Bakersfield and Mojave in California. The route, hailed as an engineering marvel, became operational in 1876.
“It may be noted that a freight train does indeed ply from China to Germany. The Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe
railway route links the city of Chogqing in Southwestern China to Duisberg in Germany, passing through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland before reaching Germany. The total length of the track is 11,179 kilometres, and the railway was launched in 2011. The video in question, however, shows a railway route in California, USA. The social media claim is false.”
The Loop is a .73-mile long “spiral” through the Tehachapi Pass.
In 1998, the Loop was named a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark and is now a California Historical Landmark #508.
On the Loop, the track passes over itself, lessening the grade.