Trains up Close
If you want to see trains up close (but not too close, safety first) there are numerous options throughout North Platte and Lincoln County. Trains can be viewed from roads, parks, and pedestrian walkways that give rail fans a great view and photo opportunities.
Located just east of Brady before the Lincoln/Dawson county boundary, the Buttermilk Curve offers stunning views of Union Pacific Railroad trains as they curve through the scenic Platte River Valley adjacent to Highway 30. Safety First! Please note that there are no pull-outs along Highway 30 in this area. Stop and view the trains at your own risk.
Long School Road
Just east of the North Platte Regional Airport, Long School Road intersects with Highway 30. North of Highway 30 less than a quarter of a mile, Long School Road crosses the Union Pacific Railroad line. Parking along Long School Road provides access for some great trainspotting.
Newberry Road crosses over the Union Pacific Railroad main line just north of Highway 30. Union Pacific trains slowly make their way in and out of Bailey Yard directly underneath this viewing opportunity, crossing over the North Platte River to the east with the scenic Sandhills serving as a backdrop. There are no pull outs in this area. Viewing here...
Pedestrian walkways over the Union Pacific Railroad can be found in the communities of Brady, Maxwell, Hershey and Sutherland. The viaduct on Buffalo Bill Avenue has a pedestrian walkway on the west side overlooking Bailey Yard. Railroad fans won’t want to miss viewing trains from these locations.