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…