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Our Honeymoon North Platte plus more 7/14/2020



by Chris Guenzler



We woke up at the Alliance Hotel and Suites and then went to McDonald's for breakfast. We decided to drive Highway 2 east of Mullen, something I had wanted to do for a long time and a chance to see BNSF coal trains in a different location. East of Alliance, we had to pull over when we saw something we could not believe.





American Electric Power GP35 2703, ex. Southern Railway.





American Electric Power SL-136 1101, ex. Burlington Northern. Just east of here by a few miles, we came across another train.





BNSF 8586 East. From here we continued east until we saw another headlight.





BNSF 6220 West east of Ellsworth.





BNSF 9074 East east of Ashby.





BNSF 9150 West west of Hyannis.





BNSF 5695 West east of Hyannis.





BNSF 9145 East in Mullen. This had been a very good drive along Nebraska Highway 2 with plenty of trains to keep me interested. From here we took Nebraska 97 south to North Platte and made our way to our first destination here.

Golden Spike Tower



The Golden Spike Tower.



Union Pacific Diner Golden Spike. We went inside, paid our fee and soon were in the elevator to the 7th Floor.





















View from the 7th Floor open air balcony of Union Pacific Bailey Yard. We took the stairs to the enclosed 8th Floor.





Union Pacific train models.





Aerial photograph of Union Pacifc Bailey Yard.





Elizabeth with Bailey Yard below her.





Union Pacific Dining Car China. We left the tower but before leaving stopped in the Gift Shop buying several items. We left the tower and headed to Memorial Park.





Maywood Co-op Association GP-9 7515.

Memorial Park



Union Pacific 2-8-0 480 on display in Memorial Park. We went to our last stop in North Platte, Cody Park.

Cody Park



Cody Park Railroad Display.





Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 3977.





The Union Pacific station from Hershey, Nebraska.





Union Pacific DD40AX 6922.





Two views of the Union Pacific caboose 25161.





Union Pacific Railway Post Office Car 2069.





Union Pacific Baggage/Display Car 1350.





Union Pacific refrigerator car 458266.





Cody Park scene.





Elizabeth and Union Pacific DD40AX 6922.





Elizabeth and Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 3977.





Elizabeth in the engineer seat of the Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 3977.





Me in the engineer seat of the Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 3977.





One last view of the Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 3977.

The Drive Along US 30



We drove US 30 for miles without a train until we reached Chappell and as we stopped for a picture of the grain elevator, Union Pacific 7348 West came roaring by.





Farmers Elevator Company GP9 7558. From here we drove to Lodgepole for our next stop.





The Lodgepole Union Pacific station.





Union Pacific caboose 25007.





Elizabeth at the Lodgepole Union Pacific station. We stopped for lunch at A&W before leaving town. We drove west to Sidney and stopped to check the tire pressure.





Union Pacific 7348 West came into Sidney and stopped. We continued west and just west of town, we made a stop.









Union Pacific 9093 East west of Sidney. We then continued west along Highway 30.





Union Pacific caboose 25276 in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. We then drove the rest of the way to Cheyenne to our next stop.





The Wyoming Merci Car in Cheyenne.





Elizabeth and the Wyoming Merci Car in Cheyenne. From here we went to Holliday Park.







Union Pacific Big Boy 4-8-8-4 4004.





Elizabeth and Union Pacific Big Boy 4-8-8-4 4004. From here we drove to the Union Pacific station.





Elizabeth and the Union Pacific Cheyenne station.





The Union Pacific Cheyenne station. Elizabeth visted the Union Pacific Cheyenne station museum since she never had and I walked up on the bridge over the yard.













The view of the Union Pacific Cheyenne Yard.





one last view of the Union Pacific Cheyenne station. Elizabeth returned shortly and I had one more set of pictures to take in Cheyenne.





Chicago and North Western F7A 401. We left Cheyenne and drove Otto Road out of town but soon had to pull over.





Union Pacific 8006 East along Otto Road.











Union Pacific 8006 East from the bridge along Otto Road. From here we drove to the Ames Monument.





The Ames Monument.





Elizabeth and the Ames Monument.







All sides of the Ames Monument.





One last view of the Ames Monument. We drove into Laramie and picked up dinner at Sonic and took it with us to the Days Inn where we checked in and ate then relaxed during the evening.



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