Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center

Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center

Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Imagine a view that can only be seen from 104 feet in the air. Take a short elevator ride, or 168 steps in the stairwell, to the top observation deck for a view that can only be seen here. Watch how Union Pacific crews "Keep America Moving", and learn what it takes to classify nearly 13,000 rail cars a day. Open Daily. The Golden Spike Tower is a private, non-profit; independent from Union Pacific operations. The Golden Spike Tower & Visitor Center is open year round.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • CobbCoGA
    Marietta, Georgia
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great View
    After a day of chasing the Big Boy across Nebraska, we stopped here for a bird's-eye view of the Bailey yard. It's beautiful up there and the staff is very friendly. The view of the yard is wonderful, and the price is reasonable. It has a nice gift shop too, so the tourist in you can fully express yourself.
    What an experience for you!! Thanks for including us on your stops!
    Written September 14, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 14, 2023
  • kendellbrink
    Hilton Head, South Carolina
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not Just for Train Nerds
    The 7th and 8th floor observation decks in the tower offer spectacular views of the rail yards. It was fascinating to watch trains push over the hump and glide onto the proper track. We were fortunate enough to have a terrific docent on the 8th floor who added so much to the experience. We spent just 30 minutes here, but you could definitely linger around longer.
    Yes, not just for those Train Nerds. ha ha ha.. thanks for your visit and reveiw.
    Written September 14, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Louis N
    Johnson City, Tennessee
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great stop for the Railroad buff or the curious visitor
    This is a Mecca for railroad fandom. This tower oversees the Burlington Northern Railroad yard and gives you a perspective of how immense the rail yard is. There is an open observation deck and enclosed one where you will often find a docent (retired RR employee) providing information and stories of what you are observing. If you have a member of the family who is fascinated by trains this is the stop for them.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • Judy K
    Salina, Kansas
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating!
    It was so interesting to sit up in the tower and watch all that was going on in the rail yard which is the largest in the world. We went in the morning and spent quite a bit of time there and went back again in the afternoon. The visitor center also has a video about the North Platte Canteen that served troop trains during World War II from 1941-1946. It's a very interesting story.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 7, 2023
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Golden Spike Tower at UP Bailey Yard
    This an amazing place that you can go up to the observation deck that overlooks the Union Pacific Bailey Yard. For anyone interested in trains this place is a must. They also have a wonderful gift shop at the base where you can stock up on Union Pacific items and t-shirts.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 26, 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Who doesn’t love a train?
    Just 15 minutes off 80. All of Nebraska feels like the middle of nowhere, but this is a great stop when you are traveling. It’s really a marvel to see a working rail yard. We had a great conversation with a wonderful volunteer and asked about the farm fields and the grain cars and the engine shop.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 29, 2024
  • Joebob747
    Neenah, Wisconsin
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent. Cool Even If Not A Huge Railfan.
    Great experience. We arrived right after they opened. Free, fresh coffee. The lady that greeted us was very friendly and provided a quick overview. We wandered through the gift shop looking at pictures for a few minutes and took the elevator up to the 8th floor. A former UP employee, David, greeted us and him and I talked for 45 minutes or so about the area and railroad. Great stories. Unbelievable number of trains in the yard. I could have probably spent 3-4 hrs watching but my wife was very patient for 90 minutes. Couple tips for the railfan. Bring binoculars in the tower with you. The place is so big you can't see everything. Also, head west past the tower entrance and the road with curve to the right and you can watch cars being ran through the east bound hump. Pretty cool. Then go up in the tower and you can watch them run down the tracks as the yard builds trains.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 16, 2024
  • William W
    Vacaville, California
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For Rail Lovers!
    If you are a train fan, go! The location is just a short drive from I-80. Friendly staff, informative people, and great views of this massive railyard made for an excellent visit. I lingered, read a lot (I didn't know about the orphans going through this area), and enjoyed seeing the huge number of locomotives, the two hump hills, and simply watching wide-eyed like a child.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written June 17, 2024
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AWood1216
Lansing, MI
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Solo
Definitely worth the stop if you are at all a fan of railroads. It's cool to watch cars and engines coming and going throughout the yard. Museum exhibits were rather minimal given the price paid, and the guide at the top of the tower was not at all friendly the day I went. He just did his crossword and did not say one word to me.
Written June 4, 2020
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I am so sorry to hear of your experience at the tower. I will follow up with the volunteer and see what happened. Typically they are so eager to talk to anyone visiting, and help answer any questions they have. As an observation tower, we do have limited displays, as we feel our attraction is here to allow plenty of room for our guests to roam and view the World's Largest Rail Yard, I apologize for anything mis-leading other than that. I appreciate your feedback and do wish you safe travels.
Written July 6, 2020
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
$16.00 for admission to the tower for us. We felt being on a budget it was a little steep for an elevator ride to see a train yard. I asked if we could walk around the gift shop. She said yes but stay in this area only. Maybe she thought we were going to sneek up the stairs? lol There is a Hall of Fame exhibit in the lobby that reviews history and people of the area. Outside there is a dinning car and handcar.
Written December 20, 2021
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We understand that trains and the upstairs displays may not be for everyone. As a private, non-profit we rely on admissions and gift store sales for our operational cost. We used regional museums to help us create our price, but can understand that it simply doesn't appeal to all. We appreciate your stop though. I also want to say, I am so so so sorry that you weren't treated with respect when asking about walking around the gift store. That is not at all how we handle questions like that, and I am a bit heartbroken you were. We strive to treat everyone as a guest when they enter our home and I am truly apologetic that you were not. I will follow up on this and appreciate you letting me know. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels.
Written February 28, 2022
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BigTool
Chicago vicinity
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We, however, stopped on a day when all of the trains had decided to sleep late, so there was little going on. There are some interesting rail-themed displays both in the tower and in the lobby. There is a fee to go up into the tower, so on our next trip to N. Platte, I'd only consider paying to get up to the tower observation deck if there was a lot of train traffic in the yard.
Written August 29, 2020
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1995118lt
Woodridge, IL
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
After talking about visiting the tower and Bailey Yard for several years my wife and I finally made it to the facility today on our way to Colorado. If you are a railroad nut or fan this is a place to visit. The largest freight yard in the world is a tribute to the Union Pacific and the mastery of moving the commerce of America from place to place. The view is exceptional and the quality of the guides is excellent with most being retired employees who are passionate, informative and knowledgeable. Glad to take it in today! The gift shop has a good selection of railroad clothing and souvenirs for all ages at reasonable prices.
Written March 13, 2020
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So glad you made it, right before we shut down for a few months. Happy to hear you enjoyed your time!
Written July 6, 2020
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Jan G
Bethesda, MD
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
I am so glad we finally made time during our western trip this summer to stop at this railcars. The open air observation deck was really wonderful. It was so cool to hear so many sounds of trains. And I could have watched the cars uncoupling and sorting on the hump tracks for hours, it was so interesting! There are some really nice exhibits throughout the building, and they have a great gift shop...with train masks for sale!
Written August 1, 2020
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Glad you were able to join us as well. Thank you for stopping and visiting.
Written August 20, 2020
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tank1050
Wescosville, PA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This is a must see for a train nut like me, but even my wife who could care less about trains, loved this place. The access road is long and in the middle of nowhere. It only costs $5 per person and well worth it. The view from the top are spectacular. The Bailey train yard, the largest consolidation yard in America, stretches out below you. You can watch for as long as want as they put trains together and there are more here than I ever saw in one place. I talked to an old trainman and he gave some great facts abut the area.
Written January 23, 2020
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I am so glad to hear about your visit. I loved hearing about how both you and your wife enjoyed your time. It really is quite a site to see whether you are or aren't a train buff!
Written January 27, 2020
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80TJ
Mississippi
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
It was amazing to see the sheer volume of trains that run through this yard. The facilities are clean and the employees friendly. Our train loving son loved it of course, but the whole family enjoyed it and the history we learned about here. This is a non-profit so the $7 a piece is reasonable to keep the facilities nice.
Written July 13, 2020
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Yes, so many rail cars in one area. It is impressive to see the mass volume. Thank you for your visit, we are glad you enjoyed it.
Written August 20, 2020
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Judy S
Pulaski, TN
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
This was quite a place. It was fun to go up to the top and take in the view over the largest railway yard. There was both an indoor viewing area and an outdoor one. There were former employees of the railroad inside to answer any questions. Very interesting.
Written July 26, 2020
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Thank you for your visit. We appreciate it.
Written August 20, 2020
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ASGLondon
London, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Full disclosure, I have wanted to visit here since I was a little kid.

I really enjoyed my experience. There were lots of signs directing me from the main street to the tower. Parking was ample.

The staff member working the counter was extremely friendly, enthusiastic, and made lots of small talk with me and other guests.

There is an elevator to the top of the tower, but there is also a set of stairs if you're looking to stretch your legs after a long drive.

The tower offers both enclosed and outdoor viewing areas of the train yard. There are tons of informative posters, displays and artifacts here for the train enthusiast. I spent a decent amount of time watching the trains coming and going with amazement at the coordination and timing of the busy rail yard.

I really enjoyed my visit and strongly encourage every train fan to stop in.
Written May 12, 2022
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Yes, this is for EVERY train fan. Glad you were able to check off your list!
Written September 14, 2023
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Bernard W
Dallas, TX
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We watched an informative video about the Bailey yard and Union Pacific railroad complex. Then admired the flags representing where the Union Pacific travels. After purchasing tickets we went to the 7th floor where there is an outside observation area to view the rail yard. Then to the 8th floor for an interior, yet glassed view that included many displays from switching apparatus to information about Big Boy and other special trains. A former Union Pacific docent is available to answer questions.
Written July 28, 2021
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Thank you for stopping by and visiting the tower!
Written August 19, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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