Take Us Along Winner

Walt Papenfus

This week's Take Us Along winner is Walt Papenfus of New Berlin, Wis. He took his Auto & RV magazine along on a trip to the Golden Spike Tower and Union Pacific's Bailey Yard in North Platte, Neb., and is shown in front of the entrance sign with a copy of the Wisconsin magazine.

The Bailey Yard is the world's largest train yard. While on a tour of the yard, the guide told him the locomotive engines are remote controlled while moving in the yard. The Golden Spike Tower offers a panoramic view of the yard. It has 315 tracks with over 150 trains and thousands of cars passing through each day. The hump yards sort rail cars. They can handle four rail cars per minute as the cars become part of trains heading in many different directions. In 1862, President Lincoln signed the Pacific Rail Act into law, clearing the way for Union Pacific and Central Pacific to begin the Transcontinental Railroad from Omaha, Neb., to Sacramento, Calif. The two trains met at Promontory Summit, Utah, where they drove the original golden spike.