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“Wow what a site....a must see rail fans”

Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard
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Chicago, Illinois
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153 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Wow what a site....a must see rail fans”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

What a super place to visit. We were there for railfest 2013 and had a two hour bus tour interior yards, work places, etc. it was the best one we ever had. I have never been so close up to the inner workings...and the "hump" was fascinating. What a treat! Unfortunately this special day only happens once a year by appointment only! If you are a rail fan and have the chance...GO!!!

Visited September 2013
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Lisbon IA
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47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Definitely worth the stop!”
Reviewed 29 September 2013

I'm not a huge train enthusiast but my husband is so we stopped. I'm glad that we did!!! The Union Pacific railroad is well known all over the country and this is one of their largest rail yards for connecting cars, fixing engines, etc.

A brief 5-10 minute video upon arrival explains the workings of the huge trains that we all see and a little about Bailey Yard. A short trip then up the elevator takes you to the observation deck where you can take in the sights and sounds of the Union Pacific Railroad at work.

Visited July 2013
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Fountain Inn, South Carolina
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47 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A Tour of Bailey Yard is recommended.”
Reviewed 26 September 2013

We toured the huge Bailey Yard by buse during the RailFest and enjoyed it. This is Union Pacific's largest rail yard in the nation and there are miles of tracks within the yard and so much more than seen from a disance. The tour guide explained what happens at different buildings and tracks as we went. Well worth touring when in NP. Also the Golden Spike tower outside the fence is worth going through for the history and for a bird's eye view of the yard.

Visited September 2013
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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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118 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Fascinating place to tour”
Reviewed 24 September 2013

We were able to take a bus tour of the yard during Rail Fest. The tour guide (UP employee) was knowledge and interesting. We would recommend coming to Rail Fest next year if they offer the tour.

Visited September 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“stupid”
Reviewed 23 September 2013

I saw a train with a caboose. It was red. What was on the train? Nothing. Except the last four cars before the caboose were carrying radioactive material in damaged containment vessels. There was about ten UP vehicles travelling along with the train at a distance, for security, I guess.
The "Golden Spike" tower looks like a prison gaurd tower. The whole place is dirty and ugly. Kind of like the rest of North Platte.

Visited October 2012
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