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#2 The Lower Mill Pond

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Planned visual elements for Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society “Bull Moose Line”                                                                            #2
                                                          The Lower Mill Pond 

A Waterfall above the Upper Reflection Pond will send water splashing and gurgling down a trough of field stone into to the Lower Mill Pond.  As the water rises in the Lower Mill Pond a filtration  pump will recirculate 4,000 gallons of water per minute through a hidden piping system to the headwaters of the Water Fall above the Reflection Pond. This re-circulation will create a never ending downhill stream of water to the Lower Mill Pond basin.


That water feature is the heart of the garden railways design, giving the venue a stone covered background hill for the lower tracks to circle. In addition it offers the “Bull Moose Line” a unique right-of-way to travel over and under the cascading waters.

#1 Upper Reflection Pond and Waterfall

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               Planned visual elements for Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society “Bull Moose Line" 
#1 Upper Reflection Pond and Waterfall
4,000 gallons of water per minute will flow through a filtration pump pushing water from the Lower Mill Pond, via a hidden piping system, to the Waterfall above the Upper Reflection Pond. From this small pond, encircled by a single rail track, the water will splash down a series of gurgling rock falls, within a trough of field stone, that leads down to the Lower Mill Pond.




The pond system forms the heart of the layouts design, giving the venue its visual height and depth. Indiana field stone will be used in the water features and throughout the "Bull Moose Line" railroad garden  


Branch Line Passenger and Freight Station

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Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society "Bull Moose Line" Will Feature
A Branch Line Passenger and Freight Station

Current plans for the Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society "Bull Moose Line" include the construction of a full size Branch Line Passenger and Freight Station on the north side of the outdoor garden railway layout. The building, an engine storage and staging facility, will also contain the power units  and controls for the five operating railway lines.  

The Passenger and Freight Station will be situated so that the  engineer of the day will be able to follow the flow of trains around the garden through the Stations bay windows.



Membership Application

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Membership Application
The Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society (ITS) is a not for profit group of G-Scale enthusiasts from the states of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. It’s a family affair - membership is by family.
Society family members are interested in all areas of G-scale model railroading. Among our goals is the education of the public about garden railroading, railroad modeling and the construction and running of garden railways. To that end, we show our individual garden layouts at various times to the general public and maintain a public venue  called “The Bull Moose Line”  at Sunset Hill Farm County Park to promote G-scale railroading.
Activities include monthly member meetings, held on the 4th Tuesday of the month, “How to Clinics,” model railroad show attendance, steam train excursions, visits to member’s railroad garden and an annual picnic in August and a Holiday party in December.
Every Saturday, beginning in 2019, members will meet to run trains on the “Bull Moose” o…

Location

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Location...Location...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 passed the name …

A Sign of Things To Come

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A Sign of Things To Come
The new sign tells the story: Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society is coming to Sunset Hill Farm Park in 2019.



Construction Progress #2

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I T S Construction Progress #2
Building the "Bull Moose Line" at Sunset Hill Farm Progress. #2 June 1, 2018





Bull Moose Line Layout

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The Bull Moose Line Layout
A quick look at the template for the proposed Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society "Bull Moose Line" following the original sketch made by Art Maxwell in 2004 and the 2008 engine yard addition by Max Samuelson, George Jangecic and Mike Hughes.