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

Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society - The "Bull moose Line"

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 


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.

Some of the vignettes to look for in the new train garden 

Members of the "Bull Moose Line" relocation committee:

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

Invite you to visit
I T S  Train Garden
Open each weekend May through September,
weather permitting. 


  1. David Ransom shared your post.
    March 11 at 3:18pm ·

    Illiana Garden Railway Changes Name To “Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society”

    To more closely identify with their move to the Sunset Hill Farm County Park the membership of the Illiana Garden Railway Society recently voted to change their name to “Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society.” The group plans to carry on the operating traditions and craftsmanship associated with G-scale model railroading that began with the Society’s founding in 2004.

    The Society is a not for profit group of G-scale enthusiasts from Illinois and Indiana. Society members share an interest in all areas of gardening and large-scale model railroading. Among the Society’s goals are the education of the public about garden railroading, the construction and running of garden railways, G-scale modeling and railroad history. To that end, the members plan to relocate the Society’s outdoor model railway layout to a site east of the pond at Sunset Hill Park beginning in 2018, and to maintain and grow the venue for the general public’s enjoyment. During that time members also plan to show their individual garden layouts at public open houses.

    Since its founding, the Society has grown in scope. It lists both families and individuals among its participating members. Membership is open to any family or individual from the states of Illinois and Indiana who are engaged in garden railroading, desirous of becoming engaged in the hobby, or are interested in promoting garden railroading. The Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society offers families an Associate Social Membership or a Full Participation Voting Membership.

    Activities include monthly Society meetings, held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Sunset Hill Program Center; 'How To Clinics'; model railroad show attendance; train excursions; visits to Society members railroad gardens; an annual picnic during the summer and participation in various public expositions at Sunset Hill and other venues in Illinois and Indiana. The members also work with other not-for-profit organizations to build and maintain public access examples of garden railroading in Illinois and Indiana.

    Beginning in 2018 Society members will be working to construct the outdoor layout on the Sunset Hill Farm Park property,to open in 2019. In the meantime, the group has created brochures to announce the move, invite new members and secure local funding for the construction program.


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