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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Education, Museums, Recreation & Sports, Sports

Mission: Ever since our beginning in 1938, the club''s purpose has been to teach and improve the skills of model railroading to it''s members and to the general public, by building, maintaining and operating a scale model railroad and by demonstrating other related skills at various model railroad shows. In 1994, the club purchased the 1910 passenger depot that has been the club''s only home since 1938. We did this to save the building from demolition and preserve a piece of history. We are now committed to do whatever we can to preserve and maintain this fine example of vanishing history.

Target demographics: anyone interested in railroading

Geographic areas served: the St. Louis area

Programs: operating our model trains on scheduled and special events. We also try to make several needed repairs and restorations to the former 1910 railroad depot we are in.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There aren't many model railroads this big and this good that everybody can go see! The atmosphere of the old depot enhances the experience of watching several trains doing their thing on the high iron. And don't forget: these trains are O scale--big, heavy, and imposing. It's much easier to get the feeling of TRAIN when watching these than the little HO or N trains on most layouts.

This group is dedicated to preserving our railroad history, and they would appreciate your help, but they don't demand it: you can just go, watch the trains, and leave. But please consider even a modest donation to help with upkeep and repairs on the building. Their operation is unique in the area and worthy of appreciation from us all.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Big Bend Railroad Club is the oldest model railroad club in the St. Louis area and has proudly served the public and its members since their beginning in 1938. As a popular local attraction, they became owners of one of the few remaining railroad depots in the area in 1994 which has been their only home since 1938 and they have been trying to raise the needed funds to finish many repairs and restorations to the building. With help from the local community and business district, they have accomplished several items, but much larger amounts of money and help is still needed.