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We are a 2-Rail O Scale (1/4" to the foot) model railroad club that started in 1938 and have been located in the same building at 8833 Big Bend Boulevard, just west of Elm, in Webster Groves, Missouri for the whole time.   The building is a former passenger depot for the Frisco Railway that was constructed in 1910.

We purchased the building in 1994, to save it from demolition.   And with help from donations and manpower, we are now in the process of making some needed major repairs.

We operate for the public on the first Tuesday of the month (Except holidays) from 7:00 PM until around 8:30 PM, with extra nights in December, and other days for special occasions.

We meet each Tuesday at the station.   The public is welcome to drop by on any Tuesday evening, and have a look around, but be aware that there may not be any activity on the layout other than the ongoing repair work.

A letter from the President . . .

Unique in the world of model railroading is a large O scale 2 rail layout, and unique in the metropolitan St. Louis area is a model railroad club that owns a real railroad depot as a home for their display.   As owners of the former Frisco Railway Depot containing a sixty-foot long O scale layout in Webster Groves, Missouri, the Big Bend Railroad Club is just such a unique entity.

Explore these website pages and see the life-like aspect of the true O scale 2 rail model railroad that is at the center of this one-of-a-kind model railroad club.   Then come witness the realism of O Scale operations on the First Tuesday evening of any month, when club members place their true quarter inch scale locomotives, passenger cars and freight cars on the rails of the scenic Springfield & Ozark Railway, where they have been running for visitors and club membersí enjoyment since 1938.   On other Tuesday evenings you may find our members busy building new scenery, modifying the layout or performing maintenance on our classic one hundred year old station building.

Come on out and experience the excitement, whether you are a spectator or eager to join our club and get involved.

Welcome to the Big Bend Railroad Club, where the magic of model railroading becomes real.

Ian Harding

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Special Holiday Operating Schedule:

In response to the outstanding attendance and continued support we have received in past years, and again better serve the community of Webster Groves during the Holiday Season, we have once again added Special Holiday Operating Sessions on Tuesday nights and Saturday afternoons during December.   All of our Regular and Special Holiday Operating Sessions are open to the public.   Please bring the kids and grandkids and join us for one or more of the December Operating Sessions.

We will be open for our upcoming Operating Sessions:

We continue to be open to the public, and running our O-scale trains on our scheduled monthly Open House dates. We will be following safety recommendations from St. Louis County and the CDC, our members will be wearing face masks and practicing social distancing as recommended. Because of the small visitor area in our train room, we ask that visitors also wear a mask and do what they can to manage social distancing as recommended. Our doors will be open and we recommend that if we have others waiting to come in, please move to another area and allow other visitors to enjoy their time too. With simple cooperation we can all enjoy the time together.

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