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Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center

1249 N Homestead Rd, North Platte, NE 69101-1433
+1 308-532-9920
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Not into trains but it was interesting

Not into trains but it was still interesting with great views at the top of the tower. Helpful... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Felixstowe, United Kingdom
Golden Spike

WE have stopped here many times. Very informative and fun to watch as they "build" a train fro... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1249 N Homestead Rd, North Platte, NE 69101-1433
+1 308-532-9920
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Not into trains but it was still interesting with great views at the top of the tower. Helpful people down below

Thank Felixstowe2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

WE have stopped here many times. Very informative and fun to watch as they "build" a train fro hauling.

Thank gilliwag
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good way to oversee the railyard and talk to knowledgeable volunteers about the process of trains headed east or west. . Pricey for families. ..may be better to drive around the railyard. Gift shop full of railroad stuff would be loved by kids. Enjoyable place...More

Thank LM80634
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It costs $6 per senior adult to go up in the 8 story tall Golden Spike Tower. You can see the huge train yards of the Union Pacific. You can watch full trains come into the yards and get broken down and cars divided among...More

Thank david_hance_iowa
GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this review

There is so much going on in the yard, it can be hard to keep track of everything. It sounds like you were able to see quite a bit during you visit. Thank you for your visit!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this experience. We went to both floors that are accessible in the tower. Learned about what goes on in the worlds largest RR yard. Staff was friendly & helpful - more than willing to answer questions. Neat gift shop without the normal 'junky'...More

Thank Janel D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

if you are a railroad buff this is the place for you. you have a small musuem at the bottom but go up the elevator to the top floors and you can look out over the every day workings of the union pacific railroad.

Thank Mickey W
Reviewed 9 April 2017

This was a long awaited event. It was educational and enjoyable. They had folks there to answer your questions and had a great view all around. They also have items for sale and wonderful folks to assist you ... I would go back and soak...More

Thank thomp041
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Wonderful experience for a reasonable fee. They gave a discount for AAA membership. The volunteer was very knowledgeable. Fun to watch and learn about the trains of the past. Lots of toys available to purchase.

1  Thank janice04272017
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Really well done and educational. Good brief film provides overview. Indoor and outdoor viewing areas. Retired volunteers were available to answer questions and tell stories of work in the train yard.

Thank betsy1812
Reviewed 29 March 2017

If you are into trains at all, this is a great place. the view from the tower is definitely worth it. The guide explained the process of switching cars for both the east and west bound trains. The guide made the visit entertaining, and added...More

2  Thank travel-lms
GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this review

Our volunteers really make the yard come to life, their knowledge of the yard and real life stories are second to none. I am glad to hear you enjoyed your visit!

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Just wondering what the best time of day is for watching them build the trains.
6 April 2017|
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Response from GoldenSpikeTower | Property representative |
There is usually action going on all day long. There is a shift change at 3:00 pm and things typically stop and don't pick back up until about 4:00 pm. It is hard to say the very best time because it really depends on yard... More
Anyone know how close the closest ice rink is?
1 September 2016|
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Response from Thomas P | Reviewed this property |
The closest ice rink is in Kearney NE, 90 miles east of North Platte.
How long should I allow to do the Golden Spike?
12 May 2016|
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Response from nomuss | Reviewed this property |
One hour minimum. There are a lot of things to look at but I would think most people would be ready to move on after one to two hours. Besides you want to allow two to three hours for Buffalo Bill's Wild West Ranch. BTW... More