Heading west through Nebraska on the Oregon Trail we came to the town of North Platte. A place that is home to the largest rail yard in the world, Bailey Yard.
It is owned by the Union Pacific Railroad and is a huge 2800 acres approximately in size. The sorting and repair of all the trains covering North America is done here and the numbers can be staggering. The number of rail cars sorted daily is 3000, of the 10,000 that are managed daily. More than 8000 locomotives are fuelled and serviced per month plus 750 that are repaired.
There is a visitor centre on site of course that also has the attraction of the Golden Spike Tower. From up in the tower you gain a 360 view all around and over the rail yard. A way to see the sheer size but also with memorabilia and historical references to view within.
The staff are more than willing to pass on a wealth of knowledge. Even I came to learn more than I thought I would. Buffalo Bill homed here with his Wild West show so he could get around the whole country. During WW2 over six million soldiers passed through for a 10 minute stop if going and coming from the war, the staff at canteen taking on giving refreshments to all of them.
What I found that it was something totally different to see and learn from. A big piece of American history actually. If you think it is just for train buffs then you may be pleasantly surprised like me. A unique stop off in Nebraska on the Oregon Trail.