Stearns, Kentucky

Since 1907



Nov. 27th - Dec. 20th

Merry Little Christmas Train

As we look back at Christmas past here in Historic Stearns we are reminded once again of the true holiday spirit. A spirit of generosity and kindness toward others. Since the beginning of Stearns Coal and Lumber Co. Christmas has meant coming together as a community to bring happiness and joy to children of all ages.

Come out and join us for our Merry Little Christmas Train as we travel back in time to Christmas past on our vintage train.

When you purchase a $35 child ticket, you receive a free adult ticket!

"Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus"

Big South Fork Scenic Railway presents “Yes, Virginia, There is A Santa Claus” written by Jamie Gorski. Dates will be Dec 12, Dec 18, & Dec 19 @7 pm.

The play begins on Christmas Eve, 1897, in New York City, 8-year-old Virginia is left pondering whether or not Santa really exists after a series of unhappy events. Will she find out about Santa and the true meaning of Christmas before it is over?

Purchase your tickets today! The play will be approximately 1 hour long at the Heritage Hall in downtown Stearns. Limited seating available.

Dec 12, 18 & 19 - 7PM

BSFSRY 2020 Fall Season

Join us for our 2020 Fall Trains, a round trip adventure on the historic Kentucky & Tennessee Railway line for an exciting return to Barthell Coal Camp.

(Note: a half hour trip by train to the camp, you will spend 2 hours at the camp and return back to the Depot.)


Adult (ages 13-59): 28.00
Senior (60 & over): 25.00
Child (3-12): 18.00
2 & Under are Free.
Coal Miner’s Lunch: 12.00
Guided Barhell Mine tour: 20.00

Military Rates

Veteran and Active Duty: Free
Military Family 18.00

Local Rates

Local Rate*: 15.00

*Includes McCreary, Pulaski, Wayne, Whitley, and Scott Co. Valid until 8/31/20. Walk-up purchase only. This rate isn’t available for online or phone purchases. Ride again for $5.00 if you bring a guest that pays the local rate.

Welcome to the online home of Big South Fork Scenic Railway, in beautiful Stearns, Kentucky!

We operate on seven miles of historic trackage once owned by the famed K&T Railway. Enjoy wide open vistas, roaring rivers, and the history and charm of Appalachia, as we transport you back in time to our halfway point- the Barthell Coal Camp, the sight of the Stearns Company’s Mines 1 and 2, and, today, privately owned and renovated by the Koger Family.


Merry Little Christmas Train

Special Trains

Throughout the year, besides the weekly trains, we host special train rides from Memorial Day, Mothers Day, Easter and much more!

Group Events

We have attractive group rates starting at twenty passengers, ranging all the way up to three hundred- so get in touch today!