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“Worth a Detour”

Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
southern california
Level 6 Contributor
261 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Worth a Detour”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

We'd been told by friends that the Golden Spike Tower in North Platte, Nebraska was worth a detour to see. Boy are we glad that we took their advice. We're not rail fans, but we were overwhelmed by the size and complexity of the Union Pacific rail yards. The tower provides a sweeping overhead view and the volunteer guides provide a personal perspective on railroading that brings everything home. We heartily recommend a visit. Don't miss a chance to see it if you are in the area.

Visited July 2014
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Lilburn, Georgia
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“For Railroad fans of all ages!”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

Very nice observation tower for the huge Bailey rail yard!
Wonderful narration of what is going on by volunteers.
Nice gift shop.
This is a must see for every railroad lover in the country.

Visited July 2014
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Kansas City, Missouri
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Choo Choo with a View!”
Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

For the train lover in all of us! Purchase a ticket to go up in the tower to overlook the train yard for the Union Pacific Railroad. All kinds of things to see and volunteers to answer your questions about the trains. There is an elevator to take you up to the 7th and 8th floors so it is accessible to people who can't climb the stairs (in fact most people do ride the elevator). A fun place to go check out while in North Platte.

Visited July 2014
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Waynesboro, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Excellent view / Fun and Informative!”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

We weren't sure what to expect but were pleasantly surprised to learn so much about the Bailey Yard and its functions. The view from the tower is excellent and there is a guide at the top to answer questions or just talk about anything you want to know about trains and / or the Bailey Yard. We learned so much and talked about North Platte for days every time we saw or heard a train. If you are traveling through this part of Nebraska, it is well worth the stop!

Visited July 2014
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Omaha, Nebraska
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852 reviews
174 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,597 helpful votes
“Golden Spike Tower.....”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

We stopped at the Golden Spike Tower as part of the Nebraska Passport Stamp Tour and paid $30.00 (2 adults and 3 children) to ride an elevator up to the top of the tower to look out over the largest train yard. If you are a lover of trains, then this experience will be well worth the money. $30.00 for me is way too much for the 10 minutes we were there. Service was very friendly and the tower was very clean.

Visited July 2014
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