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Illiana Garden Railway Society ready for move to Porter County Sunset Hill Farm Park

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By IGRS President

David Ransom

The Illiana Garden Railway Society (IGRS) is moving to Sunset Hill Farm Park located in Porter County. The society plans to carry on the operating traditions and craftsmanship associated with G-Scale model railroading since the Society was founded in 2004. The official Facebook page for the IGRS is “Illiana Garden Railway Society”.

The Society is a not-for-profit group of train enthusiasts from Indiana and Illinois. Society members share an interest in all trains, but the layout is a G-Scale outdoor garden railroad. This is not a riding railroad.

Among the Society’s goals are the education of the public about garden railroading, the construction and running of the garden railways, G-Scale modeling and railroad history. To that end, the members plan to relocate the society’s outdoor model railway layout to a beautiful location south-east of the existing pond at Sunset Hill Farm Park beginning in 2018, with the plan to be up and running in 2019. This layout is, as always, free for the public’s enjoyment. There will be designated times for the trains to be running.

Since its founding, the society has grown over the years and lists both individuals and families among its participating members. Membership for a single member includes the entire family. Families are encouraged to come out and enjoy running trains in this beautiful park. You do not have to have a garden railroad layout, just a love of trains.

Activities include, a monthly society meeting (excluding January and February) at the Sunset Hill Program Center. There may also be meetings planned to visit a society member’s home garden railroad layout. There is an annual late summer society picnic and IGRS will be participating in various public expositions at Sunset Hill Farm Park.

Beginning in the Spring of 2018, society members will be working on the construction and relocation of the outdoor layout at Sunset Hill Farm Park. In the meantime, the IGRS has brochures to announce the move, invite new membership and secure local funding and/or assistance for the relocation.

More information about the membership in the IGRS, is available on the “Illiana Garden Railway Society” Facebook page.


Posted 3.6.2018




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