Fall Open Meet 2018
Every year the BC&S hosts it's annual Fall Open Meet the fourth full week of September. For 2018 the dates are Sept. 19th through 23rd. Attendees may arrive any time during the week and the railroad will be open daily for operating starting at noon on Monday and continuing until the last train is loaded out on the following Sunday. In addition, we host an early summer operations weekend which will be the first weekend in June. This is a three day event beginning Thursday evening and ending Sunday morning. No prior experience in operations is necessary and while our focus will be on operating the BC&S like a real railroad, everyone is welcome to come and run trains in conjunction with operations. It actually makes it more challenging for the train crews engaged in local switching and keeps the yard crews even busier!
The Big Creek & Southern features prototype operations (we run like a real railroad!) as well as general "casual running" (just hop on and ride!). We are constantly working to maintain the railroad in top-notch running condition and continue to add more features to make the railroad more fun to operate and an enjoyable experience for all. We are always looking for new members (no dues!) to join us and help with keeping the railroad in the kind of operational condition that it is known for throughout the riding scale hobby. For more info on how to get involved, contact Pat or Jim!
About our railroad...
The Big Creek & Southern is a private 7 1/2 inch railroad situated on a 13.3 acre tract of former farm land and is devoted to having fun with riding scale trains. We are located 40 miles southeast of Kansas City, about midway between Lees Summit and Harrisonville, Missouri. We have a monthly run day the fourth Saturday of each month and any persons interested in or already involved in the live steam railroading hobby are welcome to come and run with us. If you live within an hour's drive of the railroad and want to operate with us, we ask that you participate as much as possible in our work days (Saturdays from April through November, weather permitting). If you have not operated with us previously, we ask that you please contact us by email before coming for the first time.
Regrettably, due to the high cost of liability insurance, the Big Creek & Southern is not open to the general public and we do not offer train rides nor host parties for the general public. For these things we endorse and highly recommend the Kansas City Northern Railroad located at Line Creek Park at 60th Street and N.W. Waukomis Drive (one mile north of I-29 at Waukomis Drive) in Kansas City's Northland and invite you to contact them for your special group or train party needs. For more information on the Kansas City Northern, CLICK HERE.
Regular Events on the BC&S
- We have open "run day" the 4th Saturday of every month. In addition, each year we host three special operating events which are
- New Years Day Frostbite Run and Chili Lunch (New Years Day)
- Operations Weekend (1st weekend in June)
- Fall Open Meet (4th week of September)
Feel free to explore our website to learn more about our railroad. Better yet, call or email us and schedule a visit! Be careful, though: You might just get hooked!!