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Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center

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Address: 1249 N Homestead Rd, North Platte, NE 69101-1433
Phone Number: +1 308-532-9920
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Fun Historical Stop

Recently stopped by the Golden Spike to check it out. This is a fun stop for little kids all the way to the train buffs. The top of the spike is a great vantage point to look out... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Recently stopped by the Golden Spike to check it out. This is a fun stop for little kids all the way to the train buffs. The top of the spike is a great vantage point to look out over the yard and really witness everything going on. I'm sure I could've sat there for hours and just watched everything taking... More 

Thank Jared J
New Ulm, MN
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am not a train guy. Still, when passing through I thought this would be a worthwhile and educational stop.The Bailey Yard is an impressive operation. The tour consists of a video overview and then you work your way up the tower. There are knowledgeable guides on each level that help you understand what you are seeing. This place would... More 

Thank AlumniGuy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Visited in summer of 2014 at the tail end of a three-day rail photography sojourn through western Nebraska. This place not only lived up to all the hype, but massively exceeded it! Parking is wonderful for those with RVs, The staff is very gracious and knowledgeable, including the retired UPRR employees who love to sit with and go through all... More 

Thank Catherine C
Alsip, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

If you are a railroad nut or just want to have fun with the kids you have to go and see this. Biggest railroad switching station this side of the Mississippi and there was over 100 locomotives on hand also, just great.

Thank ndbennett12
Avalon, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Even if you are not a train buff, this is a fascinating place. Just to see the size of the rail yard is overwhelming along with the sounds of the trains. I was lucky enough to be there when a retired railroad man was on the observation deck providing insight and answering questions. Good video, also.

Thank Janet A
Ukiah, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

This was a fascinating, interesting, engaging educational look behind the scenes of railroading in the modern world. Union Pacific has done a great job showing visitors how trains are assembled, engines maintained, just how much gain traffic moves across the country and through North Platte. There also is interesting history here. You don't want to pass this up.

Thank Jim W
Nampa, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

This is a must see for anyone. There is a video that acquaints you with the Railroad history that is very good. All the memorabilia that is displayed is great. The tower is manned by volunteers that were former employees of the Union Pacific Railroad. The gentleman that was there when we visited was awesome! He shared so many facts... More 

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Castro Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

My wife loves trains and the Golden Spike is just off Hwy 80, so stopping by for a look was a no brainer. The exhibit and film clip covering the "Orphan Trains" that ran from 1854 to1929 carrying unwanted children from New York was, to say the least, moving. Besides that, learning about the scale of the Bailey Yard from... More 

Thank Daniel J
Lansing, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

When we read that this was the world's largest railroad switching yard, we had to put it on our itinerary. It was fascinating to see all the engines and cars moving around. The tower gives great views over the yard which stretches at least a mile in each direction. There was also a retired railroad man on duty to answer... More 

Thank Ronald E
Salem Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This review will have two parts one for people who believe trains are the greatest things in the world and one for normal people like my wife who is unbelievably tolerant of my membership of the first group. For the second group you may enjoy the Golden Spike Tower its $7 to ride to the top 8 story tower and... More 

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