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Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard

North Platte, NE
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Ranked #1 of 17 Attractions in North Platte
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Troy, Michigan
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58 reviews 58 reviews
6 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This is definitely a unique attraction. I enjoyed seeing all the different trains coming and going from the observation tower. They had an enclosed tower on the one floor and an open one on the next. It was also nice to read about the history of trains on the main floor.

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Minneapolis, MN
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10 reviews 10 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We stopped by the rail yard on our drive through Nebraska as we headed out west. We thought it might be a good place to stop and stretch our legs for an hour or so and we thought our two boys (ages 7 and 11) might enjoy seeing some "railroad action." Boy were we wrong. First off, it is extremely... More

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Iowa
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This was my first time to stop here since the NEW tower and gift shop area was built. VERY well done! You can view the yard area from either the 7th or 8th floor and from inside or out depending which level you are on. My friend who really loves trains and hadn't been here for the change was very... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I like trains, and hump yards like Bailey are disappearing in favor of flat-switched yards, so I was glad to be able to make the trip before hump yards are things of the past, like the dodo, the diplodocus, and the Lunt Avenue Marble Club. My wife is emphatically not a train nut, but we both enjoyed the three hours... More

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Omaha NE
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121 reviews 121 reviews
83 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The world’s busiest business rail yard calls North Platte home. Union Pacific Railroad (UP) uses the bailey yard to switch train cars for their final destinations. The Bailey yard is halfway between Denver and Omaha. About 150 trains pass through daily. They involve changing an average of 10,000 cars. This is no easy task. The rail yard is 8 miles... More

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Wichita, Kansas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

I thought this was amazing. The rail yard was huge.the tower is a must so you can get a great view. There was a volunteer in the tower so we got to ask questions. He was very knowledgable and didn't hesitate to answer any questions.

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Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
34 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The size of the train yard is impressive and the view from the tower is wonderful. There was a lot of train lingo that I didn't really understand and wasn't explained in the video. The video about the canteen was interesting if a bit long.

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Box Elder, South Dakota
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136 reviews 136 reviews
29 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We are sure glad we stopped. Wow...... Awesome to stand in the Golden Spike Tower and watch cars being moved, sorted, hooked up and whatever else all via remote control. Very high tech awesome facility with I believe about 150 trains passing through that yard every day. I'd give it a 5 star rating except for the gentleman trying to... More

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Indiana
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86 reviews 86 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Train yards are not on a lot of people's list of things to see, but this one is worth a stop. Just the size is staggering. The volume of rail cars handled each day is hard to grasp. The place is high tech and efficient and fun for any railroad buff. Kids will love it.

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Brown
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98 reviews 98 reviews
26 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Pay the 7 dollar to go into the center and learn a great deal about North Platte's history with rail and canteen. We end up spending over and hour and half just watch the train cars be sorted and hooked up. Didn't really think I would have sat that long watching. Great American history in the middle of Nebraska and... More

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