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Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center

1249 N Homestead Rd, North Platte, NE 69101-1433
+1 308-532-9920
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Great View and knowledgeable Volunteers

We were staying in North Platte for a few nights on our Solar Eclipse road trip and this was one of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Richard G
Wow. One location, three historical events

You must go here. Three days later, we're still carrying the emotions and awe of the visit. Here... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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“train yard” (50 reviews)
“gift shop” (43 reviews)
“bailey yard” (70 reviews)
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1249 N Homestead Rd, North Platte, NE 69101-1433
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+1 308-532-9920
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Reviewed yesterday

We were staying in North Platte for a few nights on our Solar Eclipse road trip and this was one of our planned destinations. The view from the top of the tower was fascinating and it was really interesting hearing about how the rail yard...More

Thank Richard G
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

You must go here. Three days later, we're still carrying the emotions and awe of the visit. Here are the highlights of the three areas of depot history that you SHOULD NOT miss: Bailey yard: This place is incredible. What a masterpiece of design and...More

Thank jazzie F
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are so glad to hear that you were truly able to immerse yourselves in the experience and learn about the rich history of the rail road in North Platte as well as marvel at all that Bailey Yard is today. Each story offers a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I didn't even see this on your places to go. Sure made you think about trains in a whole different way. There was 7 of us and we all loved. So worth the time!!!!! And lots to learn.

Thank Christy N
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so happy to hear that all 7 of you enjoyed your time at the tower! There is so much going on in the yard that you don't know about unless you take the time learn about its operation. Thank you for your visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I never heard of North Platte until someone told us during our RV travels that we needed to see the Union/Pacific rail yard in North Platte, Nebraska. If you like trains you need to visit the rail yard and go up to the 7th and...More

Thank Ron G
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the tower. Our volunteers love to chat with our guest and share their information and stories. We do have great attractions in the North Platte area and the combination ticket was a great deal...More

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

I was once a volunteer at this center. I learned that many people have a fascination about railroads. Interest can range from being a model railroad enthusiast to historian to present or past employment. If you fit in any of these categories or just like...More

Thank _marshall_logan44
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GoldenSpikeTower, Guest Relations Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2017

We appreciate your time volunteering. I am sure you met many people from all over the world. It is always amazing the people you meet and learn from. Thank you for your time and dedication to the tower, we truly appreciate it.

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Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

We went up to the viewing platform with a volunteer who used to work for the Union Pacific. He offered great insight and information about history and how the train yard works (e.g., how they hump the train cars to get them to the right...More

Thank F451Dana
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2017

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the tower. Our volunteers love to share their knowledge with out guest! They have so much knowledge it is easy to loose track of time when you are talking with them!

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Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

It seems like this part of the country is known for cowboys, trains and the outdoors so we’ve made sure to see a bit of each! The history of the railways is quite interesting and you get a bit of that here via a short...More

Thank Julie L
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2017

Thank you for visiting, we find that most guest stay about 30 minuets, however as you mentioned the bigger train fans sometimes spend days here. The big thing to see in indeed the yard itself but we do our best to make sure there in...More

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Reviewed 6 November 2017

I had contacted their folks through mail and call and they were very helpful. Although we wanted to attend the Rail Fest, the tour tickets were sold off a few weeks before (caveat: you cannot get off the bus at any time, though!). So, we...More

Thank Omahan I
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

I am glad to hear that you were able to visit the tower. The tickets for the Bus Tours of Bailey Yard do go quickly, North Platte Rail Days runs each year the 3rd weekend of September, keep an eye on our website for those...More

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

Stumbled upon this attraction on our way through Nebraska. Enjoyed walking up the tower and seeing the dozens of trains being processed. The volunteer guide answered our questions but tended to bring in his own political views which I think should not be included in...More

Thank MindVisions
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2017

Thank you for your visit! We are glad to hear that you had a great time taking in as much information as you could. We agree that political biases should be left out of the discussion and we do our best to keep it that...More

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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Next to a grain elevator, it must be the tallest building for 100’s of miles in any direction. The viewing floors were great. Two levels. Plenty of seating on both floors. The outdoor level is nice as you get an unobstructed view. The indoor viewing...More

Thank Dave B
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

We are close to the tallest building in our area, our hospital and a couple of high rises in the area give us a run for our money though! It seems that you were able to enjoy each floor, the air conditioning is well worth...More

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915ahenderson
23 August 2017|
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Response from GoldenSpikeTower | Property representative |
Yes, we do have an elevator to the top of the tower.
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SoccerdadMI
7 April 2017|
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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
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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.
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