Big Creek & Southern Railroad

Pleasant Hill, Missouri



On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, our dear friend David Gibson took down his markers for the final time. David passed away peacefully after a brief illness. He was a lifelong railroad enthusiast having retired from the Norfolk Southern Railroad after a career in train service. David's final position was as Trainmaster out of Avondale Yard in North Kansas City. David's long-time devotion to the BC&S was reflected in his dedication to ensuring that our track and right of way was always the best. He took great pride in ensuring a smooth and safe ride for everyone and his goal was always that the trackwork on the BC&S absolutely be recognized as among the best in the hobby. David was always the first person to welcome a newcomer to the railroad and did everything he could to make everyone feel welcome and appreciated. Our prayers and condolences go out to his wife of 45 years, Lynette, as well as his children and grandchildren.

David T. Gibson, 65, passed away on March 24, 2015. He was born on April 22, 1949 to May M. and Thomas K. Gibson in Schenectady, NY, but was raised in Roanoke, VA, where he graduated from Cave Spring High School. He attended Tennessee Wesleyan College, where he earned his degree in Business in 1972. A lifelong railroad enthusiast, he worked for the Norfolk and Western (now Norfolk Southern) Railroad for 38 years, retiring as a Trainmaster. He is survived by his wife of nearly 45 years, Lynette W. Gibson; son, Michael D. (Molly) Gibson; daughter, Jennifer L. (Mike) Sullivan; grandchildren, Jacob Gibson, Jillian Sullivan, Elizabeth (Libby) Gibson and Makenzi Sullivan; two nieces and one nephew. Visitation will be at Claycomo Baptist church, 312 E. Longfellow St., April 10, 2015 from 6-8pm, with a memorial service on April 11 at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Parkinsonís Foundation.

Welcome to the Big Creek and Southern Railroad! The BC&S is a private 7 1/2 inch railroad situated on a 13.1 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, Mo. and Harrisonville, Mo. We have a monthly run day the fourth Saturday of each month and persons 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.

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