About Us

Welcome to the Prairie State Railroad Club! We are a group of individuals that share a passion for the construction and operation of large scale ride on trains. Modelers such as ourselves are referred to as “lives steamers” because the earliest ride on trains were fully operational miniatures of full size steam locomotives. Several of our members continue the steam tradition while others model more modern motive power and rolling stock. Whatever your preference, all are welcome! Don’t own any equipment? That’s ok too! There is no requirement to own equipment to be a member and many members are willing to share their equipment with those who don’t have any. Every engineer needs a break every now and then anyway.

Unlike most model railroads where you watch your train pass through a series of dioramas, ride on trains allow you to become a part of the experience and actually go with your train. Our layout is located at Plowman’s Park/Kenny Field in Big Rock, IL. We have approximately 1 mile of track on the ground that winds it way through the western side of the park and parallels BNSF Railway to the North. There aren’t many clubs out there where you can pace full size trains while operating your own miniature version!

If you would like to learn more about our club, please contact a club officer for more information. Contact information can be found on the Contact Us page. To see our operating schedule, please click on the Events page.