Illiana Garden Railway (IGRS) Is Gone

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”
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
        That's how the the G-scale model train group became Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society (ITS)


Unlike typical railroad G-scale modelers who construct their layout from the ground up the 

Sunset Hill's Illiana Society's Building Committee

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


employed outside contractors to rebuild the train garden 
at Sunset Hill Farm County Park.


Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society members plan to carry on the operating traditions and craftsmanship associated with G-scale modeling of the society founders, 
opening the new “Bull Moose Line” venue to the general public sometime in the Spring of 2020.


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