There's another Golden Spike where the east and west sections of the transcontinental railroad were joined with a ceremonial golden spike. That's at Promontary Point in Utah. We'll get there eventually because it's part of the National Park System, but that's not this Golden Spike.
This is Union Pacific's Bailey Yard, the world's largest rail yard. There are over 150 trains each day, 10,000 cars and LOTS of locomotives. The brochure says "More trains than you can keep track of", which may be grammatically incorrect but really fits.
There are 23 flags in the courtyard, one for each state where there are Union Pacific rails. At the base of each flag there's a plaque which identifies how many miles of UP track there are in that state and a little map to show where the tracks are.
When I was checking out the place before we got there, I saw a lot of reviews from people complaining that the tower was too far away to be able to see much. Here are views from the 7th floor deck, first west, then east:
So, yes, it's a bit difficult to see details....good thing I got a new camera! But, wait! I'm not only getting ahead of myself, but now I'm showing off. That's pretty tacky.
The Locomotive Repair Shop is as big as 3 football fields, and repairs 750 engines each month. There are yard engines that look just like the rest, collecting locomotives, joining them together, scooting them from all over the yard until they're lined up and ready to go into the Repair Shop. That's the fun part to watch.
Each locomotive goes to the sand tower. They use the sand for traction on the wheels anytime they begin to slip. I didn't know the wheels ever slipped, so I didn't know about the sand either. I think George did.
If you are ever near North Platte on I-80, take the time to detour to Bailey Yard and the Golden Spike Tower.