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Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Exceeded our expectations

This is a beautiful facility! Friendly, knowledgeable staff made for a very enjoyable experience... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Guthrie, Oklahoma
Trains, Trains, Trains and More Trains

If you like trains, you will love this place. It provides a view of the yard where trains cars are... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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1249 N Homestead Rd, North Platte, NE 69101-1433
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a beautiful facility! Friendly, knowledgeable staff made for a very enjoyable experience. The views are fantastic! Well worth the price of admission.

Thank VickiL52
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you like trains, you will love this place. It provides a view of the yard where trains cars are sorted and reattached to be sent to multiple destinations. Up in the tower, you can watch the whole process. When we were there, a guy...More

Thank CKT808
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I encourage every railroad enthusiast and historian to visit the spike. Enjoy the views and displays. One of which is on the Orphan Train.

Thank Llcald
Reviewed 3 days ago

It showed videos and displays of the history of the trains. I especially liked the video and pictures of The Orphan Trains. I learned something new.

Thank Kimberly S
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were just amazed at how big this place is. The volunteer on the 8th floor knew his stuff and kept us entertained with stories and his knowledge of the yard and how it all comes together. The exhibits on display are well chosen and...More

Thank Leon67203
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

- A must stop if you like trains and train yards - A little difficult to get to, but worth the attempt - Observation tower has two levels at the tops, the second highest is open to the weather, the highest is enclosed and climate...More

Thank MikeWBL
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in North Platte on the way to Mount Rushmore. Since a main attraction is the Golden Spike and Bailey Yard, we decided to investigate. We were fortunate to speak with Dan, a former engineer with Union Pacific. He was very informative and we...More

Thank Regina H
GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Regina, I can't wait to share your kind words with Dan. He will be as thrilled as we are that you enjoyed your time at the tower. Thanks for your visit and sharing!!!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At the bottom, there is a gift shop and also room where you can watch short movie about the yard. You can go to the seventh floor's balcony or go to the eight floor, sit and enjoy the trains passing by. You will see how...More

Thank Roman P
GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Roman, Thank you for your visit and recommendation. You are correct in 1995, Guiness Book awarded Bailey Yard as the largest in the world. Lots of trains, lots of action and lots of fun to watch! Glad you were able to visit with some of...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rare opportunity to understand how the train system works. There are a lot of train "geeks" out there. We're not in that group, but the staff answered all of our elementary questions. Pretty cool, actually. Glad we visited.

Thank 3booths
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great lace to learn about the trains. This is almost the centre of the US, and is a hub for creating trains of cars to go east and west. They have a huge repair facility. All is easily seen from the tower...More

Thank Glen S
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August 22, 2017|
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Response from GoldenSpikeTower | Property representative |
Yes, we do have an elevator to the top of the tower.
April 6, 2017|
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Response from GoldenSpikeTower | Property representative |
There is usually action going on all day long. There is a shift change at 3:00 pm and things typically stop and don't pick back up until about 4:00 pm. It is hard to say the very best time because it really depends on yard... More
September 1, 2016|
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Response from Thomas P | Reviewed this property |
The closest ice rink is in Kearney NE, 90 miles east of North Platte.