Big Road Trip Day Two – North Platte…Post 1 of 3

So, we really didn’t know a whole lot about North Platte when we arrived.  We hit a local Arby’s for breakfast (wow, Arby’s has breakfast now, very cool stuff) and set out for a couple cool things to see before we headed West.

North Platte did not disappoint.

Stop 1 – Cody Park (and the Union Pacific Exhibit).

Charlie M. Evans, North Platte's Ambassador to the World
Charlie M. Evans, North Platte’s Ambassador to the World

Did I mention Union Pacific?  Exactly, that means Trains!  This was a very cool exhibit, featuring a steam and a diesel-electric locomotive.  The Challenger was pretty epic – amazing that it was World War II era for sure.

Union Pacific Challenger 3977 - Union Pacific Exhibit at Cody Park
Union Pacific Challenger 3977 – End of an Era

The diesel-electric era of modern railroading was well-represented too…:)

Union Pacific Exhibit, Diesel-Electric Locomotive
Union Pacific Exhibit, Diesel-Electric Locomotive

We know it was the UP’s mantra, we’re going to try to make it ours as well on this trip.

At the UP Exhibit, Cody Park NE
Union Pacific Caboose – “Safety is Everybody’s Business”

We thanked the staff and bid adieu to the UP Exhibit – really nice folks and a great (free) thing to do in North Platte (donations are encouraged).  I took so many pictures this merits its own post for sure…

Challenger at the UP Exhibit, Cody Park, North Platte, NE
Steam-powered WOW.

Next stop was the 20th Century Veterans’ Memorial in North Platte – another great sight worthy of a separate upcoming post (yet another great free thing to visit – and commemorative bricks are still available).

20th Century Veterans Memorial, North Platte, NE
20th Century Veterans’ Memorial, North Platte, NE
20th Century Veterans Memorial, North Platte NE
20th Century Veterans Memorial, North Platte NE

We enjoyed North Platte, but the mountains and Colorful Colorado were calling…more on that later today after we return from the mountains and Estes Park.

Here’s all of the pictures…