It's Official!
Prairie Rail 2018 will be February 16 - 18, 2018!

Prairie Rail is an invitation-only biennial model railroad operating event, featuring operating layouts in and around the Kansas City greater metropolitan area.

For 2018, we will have over thirty-five layouts hosting over 160 railroad operating enthusiasts from all over the United States. Attendees will have the opportunity to run on four layouts over a three-day period - Sessions are held on Friday afternoon, twice on Saturday, and Sunday morning.

This web site contains information useful to the prospective attendee, including layout, lodging, banquet, and scheduling information.

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We have polled the local layout owners and the vote is unanimous! Prairie Rail attendees rock!

We've gathered up the layouts that will be on Prairie Rail. We'll be updating text and figures as time goes by, so check your favorite layout for new content.
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News and Web Site Updates (scroll for older news):

October 2017 - Added layout web page for Jeff Needham's Santa Fe Northern
October 2017 - Added layout web page for Bill Sheerer's B&O and updates to Jim Eudaly's C&O
September 2017 - Updated some layout information. Added Alan Saatkamp's Twin Cities and Western Railroad
September 2017 - Added weather information
September 2017 - Added hotel/venue information
August 2017 - Added layouts that have agreed to be on Prairie Rail
June 2017 - Dates set for Prairie Rail 2018 - February 16-18, 2018!!!
May 2017 - Owners meeting held to discuss PR2018 and to select the organizing committee
Web Site Content
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information about our host hotel, the DoubleTree Hotel in Overland Park. Also contains the link to reserve rooms at the special PR2016 price.
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The best layouts south of St. Joe and north of Harrisonville!
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What’s happening when and where during the Prairie Rail weekend. Updated frequently with new information.
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You have questions, we have answers! Check the FAQ section for information on specific topics.
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Useful information regarding where to go in the KC metro area to get your 1:1 scale train fix.
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Thoroughly entertaining videos. Some even pertain to railroading!
The information contained on this web site will be periodically updated, so check back often.
We are continuously adding layout descriptions, photos, and other assorted goodies as they become available.

If you don’t see something and you are wondering why, feel free to ping the webmaster using the link to the feedback form below. Also, if you DO see something and you are wondering why (more likely), go ahead and ping the webmaster…he likes to receive emails.
Kansas City February Weather
February in Kansas City can be an adventure weather-wise! Here are some historical weather numbers. Plan accordingly.
Monthly Average Precipitation: 1.46 inches
Monthly Average Snowfall: 5.4 inches

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