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                                 Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society 

I T S the "Bull Moose Line"
To more closely identify with their move to the Sunset Hill Farm County Park the membership of Samulsons Illiana Garden Train Society voted to change their name to "Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society."
Here is the official ballot tally for the Society name change to Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society.
Number of member ballots received after the 12:00 noon cut off time on February 14, 2018
and Society members solicited who did not respond = Thirteen (13) Number of Ballots received before the 12:00 noon cut off time on February 14, 2018 = Seven (7) Number of ballots with “Yes” votes received for the name change = Seven (7) “Approved” Number of ballots with “No” votes received = Zero (0) “Not Approved” The “Yes” vote majority passed the name change, 7 to 0, 100% of the votes submitted. By a vote of 7 to 0 the name change to “Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society” was approve…
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Previewing Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society Railway Garden Plan.Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society is bringing the ‘Bull Moose Line” Venue to Sunset Hill Farm Park.

Template for proposed Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society 
"Bull Moose Layout"

The plan by the Building Commettee is to have subcontractors construt the train garden following the original 2004 design by Art Maxwell that was enhanced 
by the addition 
of Franville in 2005 and an Engine Yard in 2007. 
The original Art Maxwell design for  the “Bull Moose Layout” at Samuelson’s Greenhouse 2004.


The 2005 town of Franville addition by the Society.


The Rail Yard addition 2007 by Max Samuelson, George Jangesic , Mike Hughes and Tom Krieger.



Sunset Hill Farm Train Garden is progressing according to  the Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society Building Committee.
Lance Molenda, Owen Todd, George Sarver, Dave Ransom, Dave Casey  and  Gary Barneko 
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Illiana Garden Railway Society is now called Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society To more closely identify with the move to the Sunset Hill Farm County Park the membership of the  Society voted to change their name to “Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society" in February of 2018.
The proposed Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society"Bull Moose Line" Layout
Unlike typical railroad G-scale modelers who construct their layout from the ground up the Society's Building Committee: is asking for $52,000.00 in donations to have an outside contractor build the Passenger/ Freight Station and the G-scale Train Garden. Building Committee

Lance Molenda, Owen Todd, George Sarver, Dave Ransom, Dave Casey and Gary Barneko

Send donations to: Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society P.O. Box 2836 
Valparaiso, IN 63684
Or Via PayPal to
donations@illianaroad.com





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The $52,000.00 Model Train Project

Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society "Bull Moose Line" Layout Unlike typical railroad G-scale modelers who construct their layout from the ground up the Society's Building Committee: is asking for $52,000.00 in donations to have an outside contractor build the Passenger/ Freight Station and the G-scale Train Garden.
I T S Building Committee

Lance Molenda, Owen Todd, George Sarver, Dave Ransom, Dave Casey and Gary Barneko

Send donations to: Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society P.O. Box 2836
Valparaiso, IN 63684
Or Via PayPal to 
donations@illianaroad.com







Illiana Garden Railway Is Gone

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The Garden Railway layout at Samuelson's Greenhouse in Valparaiso is gone.
No G-scale trains will run there again.



The "Bull Moose Line" outdoor G-scale venue
is being relocated to Sunset Hill Farm County Park located at 775 Meridian Road,
 just north of Valparaiso.
To more closely identify with this move to 
Sunset Hill Farm County Park 
the membership of the Society recently voted to change their name to Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society.
* Unlike typical railroad G-scale modelers who construct their layout from the ground up the Sunset Hill's Illiana Society's Building Committee: Lance Molenda, Owen Todd, George Sarver, Dave Ransom, Dave Casey and Gary Barneko are asking for $52,000.00 in donations  to have an outside contractor build a train garden  at Sunset Hill Farm County Park.
* Send donations to: Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society P.O. Box 2836 
Valparaiso, IN 63684

Or

Via Paypal:
donations@Illianaroad.com

* The Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society plans to carry…
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                                    Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society 
I T S the "Bull Moose Line"


To more closely identify with their move to the Sunset Hill Farm County Park the membership of Samulsons Illiana Garden Train Society voted to change their name to "Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society."


Here is the official ballot tally for the Society name change to Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society.
Number of member ballots received after the 12:00 noon cut off time on February 14, 2018
and Society members solicited who did not respond = Thirteen (13) Number of Ballots received before the 12:00 noon cut off time on February 14, 2018 = Seven (7) Number of ballots with “Yes” votes received for the name change = Seven (7) “Approved” Number of ballots with “No” votes received = Zero (0) “Not Approved” The “Yes” vote majority passed the name change, 7 to 0, 100% of the votes submitted. By a vote of 7 to 0 the name change to “Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society” was appr…
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The Planned Full Size  Sunset Hill's  I. T. S.  Branch Line Passenger & Freight Station






Current plans for the Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society "Bull Moose Line" include the construction of a full size Branch Line Passenger & Freight Station as an engine house/shed on the north side of the outdoor garden railway layout.  The building, will be the hub of activity.

I.T.S. member Phil Bachman presented proposal drawings of a new train shed.
He has prepared a Floor Plan and an Elevation drawing.
Equipped for engine storage it will also be a staging facility, and contain the power unit controls for the five operating  G-scale railway lines of the model layout  



The engine house/shed will be situated so that the I.T.S. engineer of the day will be able to follow the flow of all five trains in operation around the garden 
from the stations bay windows.


Unlike typical railroad G-scale modelers who construct their layout from the ground up the Society's Buildin…
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The Christmas Train 
A Holiday TraditionExcept for the carols of the holiday season no other sound can stir memories like the sound of a Christmas Train. Christmas and model railroad trains are inseparable. Do you remember seeing your first toy train circling the family tree on Christmas morning. Here’s one such enjoyable recollection.
From “Smart Boys Swimming in the River Styx” by Robert Bomboy
A grandfather I know has a pleasant and still shining memory from his first Christmas in his family’s new home.

He was not quite six years old that Christmas morning, standing in wonder and anticipation at the top of the second-floor staircase. The staircase was enclosed and had a right angle at the bottom, so, as he looked down, he couldn’t see into the rooms below, but only the glow of a wonderfully warm orange light. At the same time, he could hear a hollow roaring sound that had probably awakened him. It made him a bit afraid, but the beautiful glow gave him confidence, and so he started down…
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Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society Building Program.



Unlike typical railroad G-scale modelers who construct their layout from the ground up, the Society's Building Committee chose to collect donations to employ outside construction firms to move the “Bull Moose Line” venue from the Samuelson Greenhouse property to Sunset Hill Farm Park. The Society Building Commettie: Lance Molenda, Owen Todd, George Sarver, Dave Ransom , Dave Casey, Gary Barneko



The move began in October 14, 2017 when the Building Committee Members staked out the parameters of the propoed I T S Garden layout  on the east side of Sunset Hill Farm above the septic field.




In May of  2018 the Buil
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“Pretty Humorous” 




                       Unlike typical railroad G-scale modelers who construct their layout from the ground up,                                              the Society's Building Committee members 

Lance Molenda, George Sarver, David Ransom, Owen Todd, David Casey and Gary Barneko
 are in the process of collecting donations to employ outside construction firms  to move the “Bull Moose Line” model railroad venue  to Sunset Hill Farm Park. In the last fifteen months Society’s Building Committee has managed to strip the sod for the “Bull Moose Line” railroad garden placement over the septic field  on the east side of Sunset Hill Farm  with manpower and equipment assistance from the Porter County park District.


“Pretty Humorous” 



Send donations to: Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society P.O. Box 2836 
Valparaiso, IN 63684