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