Prairie State Railroad Club
2017 Calendar of Events
Revised As of April 24, 2017
Membership (business) meetings are held at 2:30 P.M., on the dates listed below. Most of
these are Sunday’s, but one is a Saturday date as well. Although subject to change, meetings are normally held at the Big Rock Town Hall, 408 Rhodes Street, Big Rock, Illinois. If the Town Hall is unavailable the meeting will be held at our carbarn/engine house at Plowman’s Park/Kenny Field located about one mile west of Big Rock on Hinckley Road (Second Street) just south of the BNSF track. Note that these meeting dates are subject to change or cancellation due to weather or for other reasons.
2017 Business Meetings
February 26, 2017 – Board of Directors Meeting
March 26, 2017 – Weather Permitting
April 23, 2017
May 28, 2017
June 25, 2017
July 23, 2017
August 27, 2076
September 2017 – No Membership Meeting
October 22, 2017
November 19, 2017 – Week earlier due to Thanksgiving weekend.
December 16, 2017 – Saturday – Christmas Party – Set-up starts at Noon.
Special Events/Railroad Shows
The club plans to staff booths at various railroad shows this year. The Club will also be
operating trains for the benefit of the public at several events that are scheduled for the
park by the Big Rock Plowing Match Association or other parties. Events will be posted as they are scheduled. Help to staff booths, including setup, takedown, and transportation, needed! For events where trains will be in operation we will also need engineers, locomotives, station staff, etc.
Sunday, June 4: Car Show at Plowman’s Park, from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., and we
will be providing rides from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Please get there early for setup.
August 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th: Sycamore Threshing Bee, located at The Taylor
Marshall Farm, 27707 Lukens Rd, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. OPEN DAILY 7 AM TO 6
PM., Thursday through Sunday with FREE PARKING. The Northern Illinois Steam Power Club Show, always begins the Second Thursday in August, every year, and runs through Sunday. Setup up is on the Wednesday before the show starts. For more information go to www.threshingbee.org.
September 16th and 17th: Big Rock Plowing Match, Kenny Field/Plowman’s Park, Big
Rock, IL. Public are invited and we will operate trains on Saturday and Sunday. Visiting
engines welcome at this event only if they can be used in public operation (see special
notice below). Current boiler certification required for steam locomotive. Due to limited
track space for display purposed, visiting live steamers should contact the club prior to
bringing our any equipment. Use of the track is reserved for approved engines and trains
that are being used to handle the public only. Please not this event always takes place
every year, the 3rd weekend in September.
Saturday, October 28th: Prairie State Railroad Club Blowdown Run. This will
be our last Run Day/ Fun Day for the year, for all our members and their families to get
together for a day filled with lots of fun, and laughter. An email with complete details
will be sent out to the membership prior to this event with full detail. We hope to see
OWNER/OPERATORS OF VISTING ENGINES HANDLING THE PUBLIC MUST
BE PAID-UP MEMBERS DUE TO INSURANCE REGULATIONS. ALL VISITING STEAM LOCOMOTIVES MUST HAVE AN UP TO DATE BOILER TEST CERTIFICATE TO OPERATE. Prairie State Railroad Club accepts boiler test certificates from recognized clubs and state inspectors. If required, the club can perform a hydro test for you. At the Club’s option, souvenir tickets may be issued to the public when train rides are provided. However, there is no charge or required donation for the public to ride trains at any time, or to obtain the souvenir tickets. If you would like to donate, please do! Your donations help to keep the trains running! Contact any club officer to learn how.