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
The Garden Railway layout at Samuelson's Greenhouse in Valparaiso is gone.
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. To more closely identify with this move to Sunset Hill Farm County Park the membership of the Society recently voted to change their name to Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society.
* 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 are asking for $52,000.00 in donations to have an outside contractor build a train garden at Sunset Hill Farm County Park. * Send donations to:Sunset Hill's Illiana Train SocietyP.O. Box 2836 Valparaiso, IN 46385 Or Via Paypal: donations@Illianaroad.com *
The Sunset Hill’s Illiana Train Society plans to carry…
The Bull Moose Line Reborn At Sunset Hill Farm Park
The "Bull Moose Line" G-scale Railway Garden is being rebuilt at Sunset Hill Farm Count Park located just off of US Route 6 and at 775 Meridian Road, north of Valparaiso Indiana. US 6
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” layout above the septic field on the east
To more closely identify with their move to the Sunset Hill Farm County
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
Members of the "Bull Moose Line" relocation commettee: