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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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St. Petersburg, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

OK, this is not a destination for everyone. There is a bit of nostalgia about trains, and this huge yard will certainly feed it. There is a fee to go to the top of the Spike, and it is a bit overpriced in my opinion. However, if you are in N. Platte, you probably came to see this, so will... More

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Salem, Oregon
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Grandkids were with us and the trains were a big hit (with grandpa also). The switching yard here is like nothing we've ever experienced. From the tower, you can see all the action and volunteers from the local area who know what they are talking about are on hand to answer questions and to make sure you don't miss any... More

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Norfolk, Nebraska
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8 reviews 8 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

An excellent stop even if you're not a train buff! I could have sat for hours watching the organized chaos. It was interested learning about the orphan train, too.

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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Bailey Yard and Golden Spike Tower are a must see in the area. The yard is huge, the trains are constantly moving, and watching as they separate cars and send them down different rails to 'build' the next trains is great. We had a former employee of the yard at the top of the tower willing to tell you all... More

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

You don't have to be a train buff to appreciate this location. It is truly amazing when you watch from the Golden Spike tower how they move these trains around and set them up for the different locations they will travel too. There is a lot of history at this location that you learn as well as the history of... More

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Welshpool, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I have never considered myself to be a train buff , but when we looked over the yard from the viewing deck of the golden spike I think I could become one.The sheer scale of the whole operation was awe inspiring and to watch the individual coaches run down by gravity into the sidings needed to make up the train... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

It is so impressive to see the trains and how they are able to manage such a large number in such an orderly fashion.

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Surrey, Canada
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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We stopped in North Platte just for this. Bailey Yard is the largest train classification yard in the states, and also has a massive locomotive maintenance facility. The Golden Spike Tower offers a good viewpoint, although you can't take the entire thing in, as it's about eight miles long. The volunteers made this an outstanding experience, as they had a... More

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Chicago
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64 reviews 64 reviews
25 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I'm not a train person, but the switching yard was very impressive. The volunteer on the upper level of the Golden Spike tower brought things to lite with how big, and how they switch and repair trains. A must see.

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Chicago
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64 reviews 64 reviews
25 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Just the size and complexity of this rail yard is impressive. Then you can check the numbers, how many trains, tons, service etc. in a 24 hour period. Spend the money and get to the top of the Golden Spike tower. The view is incredible.

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