Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society is a not for profit group of G-Scale model enthusiasts from the states of Illinois and Indiana.
Society members are interested in all of aspects of large-scale model railroading.
Among the groups goals are the education of the public about Garden Railroading. That Includes modeling, construction and running of garden trains, railroadiana and American railroad history.
Ground breaking took place on May 18, 2018 at Sunset Hill Farm
County Park for the proposed Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society "Bull Moose
Line" train garden. The completed venue is expected to open to the public in the
Spring of 2019. Participants: (left to right) Lance Molenda, George Sarver, Dave
Ransom, Owen Todd, Dave Casey, and Gary Barneko.
At its April meeting, the Porter County Park Board agreed to give the Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society some extra space for its model railroad layout in the grassy area over the septic field west of the old restrooms along the road that leads to the amphitheater between Redbud Trail and the pond.
"We decided to make some changes that require more space, including a five-foot sidewalk around the display and a 12’ x 32’ building for storage," Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society President David Ransom told the Park Board. He also noted that the organization may want space for picnic tables or future expansion.
The Sunset Hill's illiana Train Society had asked for a 40’ x 80’ plot of space last spring, and later their estimate went up to 50’ x 100’. The new design calls for a 64’ x 104’ space. Ransom also said that the buildings the group is looking at are prebuilt, barn-shaped cabins, and the train layout will be surrounded by a six-foot high…
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…
To more closely identify with their move to the Sunset Hill Farm County
the membership of the Illiana Garden Train Society
voted to change the groups name
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
Members of the relocation commettee:
Lance Molenda, Owen Todd, George Sarver,Dave Ransom, Dave Casey, Gary Barneko