Every day, 365 days a year, North Platte, Nebraska sees more than 10,000 railroad cars move through the largest railroad classification yard in the world. There, in Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard, the cars are serviced, repaired and redirected to the approximately 150 trains that will take them to their final destination.
From atop the Golden Spike Tower, visitors can watch the action from an open-air observation deck on the seventh floor or a completely closed deck on the eighth. Both offer an impressive panoramic view of 2850 acres of railroads, which, as any true Nebraskan will tell you, is enough room for more than 2,150 football fields. A retired Union Pacific employee is usually on hand to explain what’s happening in the different facilities.