Union Pacific Bailey Yard

Union Pacific Bailey Yard

Bailey Yard Coal Trains

Union Pacific Railroad’s Bailey Yard in North Platte, Nebraska, is the largest railroad classification yard in the world. It was named in honor of former Union Pacific President Edd H. Bailey. If the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers were to play here, they’d have enough room for 2,800 football fields.


This massive yard covers 2,850 acres, reaching a total length of eight miles, well beyond the borders of North Platte, a community of 25,000 citizens. Put end-to-end, Bailey Yard’s 315 miles of track would reach from North Platte in western Nebraska east past Omaha on the Iowa border along the Missouri River.


Every 24 hours, Bailey Yard handles 10,000 railroad cars. Of those, 3,000 are sorted daily in the yard’s eastward and Golden Spike Tower overlooking Bailey Yardwestward yards, nicknamed “hump” yards. Using a mound cresting 34 feet for eastbound trains and 20.1 feet for those heading west, these two hump yards allow four cars a minute to roll gently into any of 114 “bowl” tracks where they become part of trains headed for dozens of destinations. Together, these two yards have 18 receiving and 16 departure tracks.


You can get a birds-eye view of all of the action at Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard from either the seventh or eighth floor viewing platforms at the Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center.


Area 2850 acres
Track 315 miles
Switches 985
Employees Assigned
to North Platte
Daily Average Trains
Manifest 60
Coal 70
Grain/Ore 6
Local 4
Intermodal/Auto 15
Total 155
Daily Average
Switches Jobs 33/day
Cars Handled at Terminal 3000
Average Car Terminal Hours 11 hr. 30 min.
Cars Humped
North Platte East 1500
North Platte West 1500
Total 3000


Contact Info

4000 W. Front St.
North Platte, NE 69101

Hours: Can be seen 24/7 from locations such as the Birdwood Crossing, Newberry or Buffalo Bill Avenue overpass, Railroad Park in Sutherland or the pedestrian overpasses in Maxwell, Brady and Sutherland.

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