Friday, April 24, 2015
I've been away from the keys . . . and 3 Chords & the Truth . . . and the blog . . . and lots of stuff for the past three weeks. Time to get back to it -- them.
So, I'll do just that by posting this, some pictures from an overnight trip to North Platte, Neb., my old stomping grounds that's simply known as Railtown, U.S.A. North Platte is the Union Pacific Railroad. The U.P. is the largest employer in the city of 25,000 in west-central Nebraska, and North Platte is home to the largest rail yard in the world -- Bailey Yards.
Bailey Yards is where the railroad repairs trains, classifies rail cars and puts them together into east- and westbound trains. The yard is massive -- more than eight miles long and 3 1/2 miles wide at its widest point. The locomotive repair shop works on some 300 engines a day and handles thousands upon thousands of rail cars daily as well.
SO, WHEN I was in town the other day, a visit to the yard's visitor center in the Golden Spike Tower was a must. You get a helluva view from eight stories up.
See, I told you the place was massive. Below is just a small part of Bailey Yards. A small part. Small.
ON THE other hand, you can get in some quality trainspotting, too, in downtown North Platte, down by where the city's old train depot once stood.
FINALLY, being that this is the Great Plains, ye shall know a town by its grain elevator.
3 Chords & the Truth is coming up next at its usual bat time on this same bat channel. Be there, aloha. That is all.