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Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard

North Platte, NE
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Ranked #1 of 16 attractions in North Platte
Type: Historic Sites
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Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Bailey Yard is the largest rail yard in the world. The view from the Golden Spike tower is spectacular. The staff at the tower is largely retired railroaders who have great stories to tell. There's a nice gift shop as well.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

My son wanted to come here for spring break, so we took Amtrak to Lincoln and then drove over. So much going on at all times. the tower next door gives a great view of the yard.

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North Platte, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

For railroad "foamers", the chance to experience the world's largest classification yard is best during Railfest in September. Because of the risks involved, most areas of Bailey yard are not accessible to the general public. The Golden Spike Tower does an excellent job of showing off Bailey Yard. Bring your own binoculars!

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Redding, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Since Nebraska is pretty flat, you can see the Golden Spike Tower from miles away. Unfortunately, the signage leading you there is very hard to follow. There are plenty of signs that say "Golden Spike Tower" but, below that are large arrows directing you to a completely different attraction such as a shopping mall or movie theater. So, when you... More

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Brookings, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

We loved going up into the look out tower and watch the workings of the yard. There is also a great deal of railroad and western history here. The entire family enjoyed it.

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North Platte, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

For any train enthusiast this is a must! Best time for visiting is during Railfest in the autumn season because of all the other tour accommodations that will get out of the Golden Spike tower and on the ground. Great presentation of all that this rail yard does in a day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We live here, but be sure that all our visitors see these sites. For this being the largest classification yard in the world the admission price is very nominal. Buffalo Bill's Ranch is also very interesting, with such historical value.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

The Union Pacific Bailey Rail Yard was a great stop. It is the biggest rail yard of this type in the world. There is a 5 minute film about the rail yard which gives all the statistics about the number of trains that are assembled and disseminated on a daily basis, how the engine operates, the hump bridge which is... More

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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

come to north platte for railfest in the fall every year. they allow bus guided tours thru the yards and you go all around inside the yards close to the trains. you watch the trains being built going over the humps and you get to look inside the diesel servicing building. they always have some special engines to inspect during... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Now, we find railroads interesting, and had read the fine article about Bailey Yard in Trains magazine before visiting, and that helped us enjoy our visit. The tour bus left from Cody Park during Railfest and drove through Bailey Yard while the tour guide narrated. There was one 20 min. stop at the diesel repair garage, where several beautifully restored... More

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