6/21/2011

Golden Spike Tower

In North Platte, the Union Pacific railroad has a massive (as in 2800+ acre) train yard called Bailey Yard, which is the largest train yard in the world.  Bailey Yard handles some 10,000 train cars per day, and sorts 3,000 to either the eastbound or westbound tracks, through a process of "hump yards" (basically they are pushed up a hill, and allowed to slowing descend to a particular track, each representing a different city within the Union Pacific network). I actually learned a lot from the experience -- it doesn't seem exciting, but we were there for about an hour and a half watching the whole process.  The other cool thing is that Bailey Yard also houses UP's largest locomotive repair facility, which can handle up to 300 locomotive per day for repairs.


Approaching the 8-story tower.

Looking down from the 8th floor, open air observation deck.

Looking down from the 8th floor, open air observation deck, continued.

Looking out over the yard.

The locomotive repair facility.






The view from below.

Not of the yard, but after many storms and rain, this was waiting for us outside of our door!

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