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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…

I T S The Bull Moose Line - Sunset HIll's Illiana Train Society

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        The Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society Story


A Beginning
To say that the Bull Moose Line came together without a formal plan might be just a bit of an understatement. Yet the elements that led to its construction were hardly a gleam in the eyes of the sixteen founding members of the original Illiana Train Society when they met at Samuelson’s Greenhouse in 2003 to begin a mutual G-Scale railroad group.
What had begun the previous year as a personal canvas by Max Samuelson to find practicing Garden Railroaders in the tri-state area of Northern Indiana, Southwestern Michigan and the Northeastern suburbs of Illinois, led to the founding of the society and ultimately to the construction of the Society’s G-scale Train Garden.
Since 1998 Max an avid G-Scaler, with a family greenhouse business and a small hobby shop, enjoyed the fulfillment of Garden Railroading. With his wife Fran, he built a dual line Railroad Garden around a two level water feature at their home. The two also er…

The Bull Moose Line - Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society

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The Bull Moose Line Reborn At Sunset Hill Farm Park

The "Bull Moose Line" G-scale Railway Garden is being rebuilt at Sunset Hill Farm Count Park   located just off of US Route 6 and at 775 Meridian Road, north of Valparaiso Indiana.
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A Name Change 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"* Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society Relocation Committee
Lance Molenda, Owen Todd, George Sarver, David Ransom, David Casey, Gary Barneko
* l Rather than build a layout as most G-scale modeling groups do, the Relocation Committee is seeking  $52,000.00 in donations  to use outside contractors toreplicate the original “Bull Moose Line” layout above the septic field 
on the east

Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society - New Name For A New Home

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To more closely identify with their move to the Sunset Hill Farm County Park
located at 
775 Meridian Road in Valparaiso Indiana. the membership of the Illiana Garden Train Society voted to change the groups name  to



Here is the official tally for the 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 approved by the Society membership.





Members of the "Bull Moose Line" relocation commettee:

Lance Molenda, Owen…

Location

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Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society Location
The Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society "Bull Moose Line" is being rebuilt within Sunset Hill Farm County Park located just off the intersection of  US Route 6 and  775 Meridian Road in Valparaiso Indiana.






To more closely identify with their move to the Sunset Hill Farm County Park the membership of the Illiana Garden Railway 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 …

Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society “Bull Moose Line" Railway Garden Visual Elements

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The Turntable



The rail yard will be the transportation hub of the "Bull Moose Line" and the focal point of any rail yard is the turntable. A railway turntable or wheelhouse is the device used for turning locomotives so that they can move back into the direction from which they came or be relocated to another track.







Fully functional, the "Bull Moose Line" turntable will allow engines to move from the engine house onto the turntable to connect with a designated side track in the rail yard that connects to a main line track and back again This activity may be set-up as a hands-on interactive for I T S train garden visitors to activate.

A Name Change 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"
* Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society Relocation Committee
Lance Molenda, Owen Todd, George Sarver, David Ransom, David Casey, Gary Barneko
* l Rath…