Jim,Sue,&Billy too RV Travels 2019 travel blog

The public observation tower at the Bailey Yard

Jim didn't get anywhere

A small view of a very large yard

trains moving every where and many rail cars moving by gravity

Activity was everywhere

Engine shop exit area

Other engines getting fueled and inspected

Learn how to place your silverware after your meal

The Orphan train story was very sad but did help alot of...

Jim also has to climb onto any train he sees

The sign at the base of the New Mexico Flag Pole

Nebraska corn field as seen from the tower.

Bailey Yard is the world's largest railroad classification yard, a complex series of tracks for storing, sorting, or loading and unloading railroad cars and locomotives. this location has repair shops for the engines and rail cars as well. It is operated by the Union Pacific Railroad.

The tourist feature of this yard is the Golden Spike Tower with an open-air and another enclosed observation area for viewing the sprawling rail yard below.

\The tower has several exhibits about train history but the one that caught our attention was the one about the so called Orphan Trains. This was a supervised program that transported orphaned, homeless, or unwanted children from crowded Eastern cities of the USA to foster homes located largely in rural areas of the Midwest. The children would arrive at a railroad station and local residents would look them over, sometimes cruelly, before selecting one to provide a foster home.

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