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Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society Bull Moose Line Reopens May 1, 2021

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                                                   Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society - Bull Moose Line  Reopens May 1st  Although still incomplete, after five years of development,  Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society is ready to reopen the “Bull Moose Line” Railway Garden  to the public on May 1, 2021.   Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society members  will show the layout to  visitors  every weekend  from  May through September,w eather permitting. Sunset Hill's Franville Township The overall design of the new Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society venue is based upon the Original Model Railway Garden  designed and built within three months  on the Samuelsons Greenhouse property in 2004. Samuelsons Greenhouse Franville Township 2004 Some of the continuing vignette features to look for are:                          The Grist Mill                                                                                               

Sunset Hill's Iliana Train Society Garden Railroad at Sunset Hill Farm Park

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Sunset Hill's Iliana Train Society Garden Railroad at Sunset Hill Farm Park 2021. 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. Although uncompleted after five years of rebuilding the Illiana Train Society "Bull Moose Line"  is running once again. To more closely identify with their move to the Sunset Hill Farm County Park the Society membership of   the Illiana Garden Railway voted to change their name  to   Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society,  in 2018                                            Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society Relocation Committee Lance Molenda, Owen Todd, George Sarver, David Ransom, David Casey, Gary Barneko Internet quotes from members of the Relocation Committee Dave Ransom 
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                                                          Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society                                                                                                 ©                                                                             Sunset Hill's  I T S Logo    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 ch

Illiana Garden Railway (IGRS) Is Gone

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The Garden Railway layout at Samuelson's Greenhouse in Valparaiso is gone.  It closed in 2017 and was dismantled. 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. In 2018 to more closely identify with this move to  Sunset Hill Farm County Park  the membership of the Society voted to change their name to Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society. Here is the official ballot tally for the groups 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” Numbe

Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society - Train Garden Progress

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Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society - Train Garden Progress Three Years and Counting... In 2017 the Porter County Parks Department  agreed to host the Illiana Train Society  and a locastion was chosen on the east side of Suns et Hill County Park for the  Train Garden Venue The Building Commettie formaly broke ground for the Train Garden venue  in the Spring of 2018. Unlike typical railroad G-scale modelers  who construct their layout from the ground up,  The Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society's Relocation Committee  began collecting $52,000.00 in donations to employ outside contractors to rebuild the  “Bull Moose Line” The relocation group managed to tear down the original "Bull Moose Line" layout at Samuelsons Greenhouse in the fall of 2018 and then transport the dregs to the Sunset Hill site.    The Porter County Park District provided assi

Will Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society "Bull Moose" Train Garden be ready in 2020

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The "Bull Moose" line, three years and counting.      A $52,000.00  Train Garden Project  Unlike typical railroad G-scale modelers  who construct their layout from the ground up, the Society's Building Committee members    Lance Molenda,  Owen Todd,  George Sarver, David Ransom, David Casey and Gary Barneko decided to collect donations  and employ outside construction to move the “Bull Moose Line” model railroad venue to Sunset Hill Farm Park from Samuelson's Greenhouse. In the last twenty-four months the Building Committee     managed  to have sod removed 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 county park district  R ather than construct  a Branch Line Passenger station as planned  a 'She Shed" was purchased and moved into place.  Then an outside contract