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.
I T S Construction Progress #6
Building the "Bull Moose Line" at Sunset Hill Farm November 1, 2018
The results of a full years work by the Building Committee.
To date the Porter County Park District provided the equipment and manpower assistance to strip the sod above the septic field on the east side of Sunset Hill Farm for the
“Bull Moose Line” railroad garden's placement.
Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society Building Committee members
Lance Molenda, Owen Todd, George Sarver, Dave Ransom , Dave Casey, Gary Barneko
Unlike typical railroad
G-scale modelers who construct their layout from the ground up, the
Hill’s Illiana Train Society's Building Committee is in the process of
collecting donations to employ outside construction firms to move and build
Planned visual elements for Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society “Bull Moose Line” #4 Trestles, Bridges & Cribbing
These visual effects will offer the
“Bull Moose Line” a unique suspended right-of-way on a series of trestle bents. Trains will travel the track over
a roadway held in place by cribbing timbers to join wooden trestle bents that
carry the track elevation up and around the lower mill pond to a crossover
compression bridge. Following the risers upgrade the trains will move along track to
circle the upper reflection pond, then descend along a cribbing held roadway through a tunnel to once again circle the lower mill pond.
An addition covered bridge will sit as a set piece on the track, over the water fall on the upper reflection pond, where Thomas The Train and friends will travel.
The Bull Moose Line - Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society
The "Bull Moose Line" G-scale Railway Garden is being rebuilt at Sunset Hill Farm County Park locatedat 775 Meridian Road, just north of Valparaiso Indiana.
A Name Change To more
closely identify with the move to the Sunset Hill Farm County Park the
membership of the Society voted to change their name to “Sunset
Hill’s Illiana Train Society" * Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society Relocation Committee
Lance Molenda, Owen Todd, George Sarver, David Ransom, David Casey, Gary Barneko
* l Rather than build a layout as most G-scale modeling groups do, the Relocation Committee is seeking $52,000.00 in donations to use outside contractors toreplicate the original “Bull Moose Line” over the septic field on the north side of Sunset Hill Farm County Park. The committee members hope to open the venue for public viewing sometime in the Spring or Summer of 2019.
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
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 …