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Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard

North Platte, NE
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Ranked #3 of 17 Attractions in North Platte
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Johnstown, Colorado, United States
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143 reviews 143 reviews
28 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Very informative and interesting tour of the world's largest railroad classification yard. So much activity in such a large area is somewhat overwhelming but the UPRR employee tour guide made it all understandable. Fascinating place to visit!

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Arvada, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Great place and my son loved all the trains. Of course, Rail Fest was going on so we got to travel the whole yard in a bus and get the lowdown on what goes on.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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627 reviews 627 reviews
494 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

You have to drive around city streets to get where you are going, then you get to the golden spike tower. It is a small fee but it rises you up high enough to see the train yards and absolutely amaze you with all the trains you got to stop if you are in the area or passing by on... More

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Janesville, Wisconsin, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

If You love trains U have to go to the Golden Spike Tower at The Bailey Yard. 8 floors high gives a great Panoramic view of the entire place, the Largest train yard in the world. Usually is a guide upstairs to answer all your questions, and even though I know a lot about trains he was very interesting and... More

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Harveys Lake, Pa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We stopped @ The Golden Spike Tower of The Union Pacific Bailey Train Yard in N.Platte, Nebraska. The Bailey Yard made The Guinness World Book for being the largest train yard. There is an open air observation deck as well as an enclosed (8stories up) deck to take photos(360 view). They also have a live webcam showing all the train... More

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Hastings
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

There is a small historical museum of the Union Pacific RR but the main attraction is the observation tower. From the tower you can observe the workings of a huge railroad yard. There was a retired RR employee available to answer questions. He was very helpful and added much to the visit.

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Madison, WI
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The Golden Spike Tower & Visitor Center intrigued us . . . we're not train buffs, but it was new and it was there, so we went to see it. Wow! We had no idea that North Platte has the largest rail yard in the US. A friendly volunteer stationed at the top of the tower answered questions and provided... More

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Troy, Michigan
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61 reviews 61 reviews
6 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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