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.
The Lower Mill Pond
Visual elements for Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society
“Bull Moose Line” Train Garden.
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
Plus a pond large enough for G-scale boats.
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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 …
Sunset Hill's Illiana Train Society Building Program.
railroad G-scale modelers who construct their layout from the ground up, the
Society's Building Committee chose to collect donations to employ outside construction firms to move the “Bull Moose Line”
venue from the Samuelson Greenhouse property to Sunset Hill Farm Park.The Society Building Commettie: Lance Molenda, Owen Todd, George Sarver, Dave Ransom , Dave Casey, Gary Barneko
The move began in October 14,
the Building Committee Members staked out the parameters of the
T S Garden
Sunset Hill Farmabove the septic