NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKAâ€”As the Union Pacific railroad celebrates its 150-year history, train lovers of all ages can get a birds-eye view of today’s modern UP rail system at the Golden Spike Tower & Visitor Center in North Platte, Nebraska.Â The eight-story-high Golden Spike Tower overlooks Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard, the world’s largest rail yard, covering 2,850 acres.
Since its opening in 2009, tens of thousands of visitors from all 50 states and several foreign countries have stopped by to witness how America’s trains get on track.
From the eighth story enclosed viewing deck, you can watch as thousands of railcars and locomotives are processed every day.Â Or enjoy the full experience of sight and sound from the seventh floor open-air platform.
The Golden Spike Tower also offers historical displays and exhibits, including a new Hall of Fame with displays and artifacts from key players in the history of North Platte and the Union Pacific Railroad.Â A unique gift shop and outdoor courtyard make a stop at the Golden Spike Tower a fun and memorable experience for train lovers of all ages.
The Golden Spike Tower is just minutes off Interstate 80 and is open seven days a week.Â Group tours are welcome.Â For admission costs and hours, call 308.532.9920 or visitÂ www.GoldenSpikeTower.com.