Indiana Large Scale Railroaders is a group of enthusiasts, modelers and collectors who enjoy large scale model trains. The club was formed in 1989 as “The Indiana Big Train Engineers”.  Now called the “Indiana Large Scale Railroaders”, the club today has around 80 members located primarily, but not exclusively, in Indiana. Click on items under the “About” menu in the banner above to learn more.

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Switching Action on the FTRR


April 20, 2014 – The grandkids had tracked down all the Easter eggs and hit their limits on chocolate, the old(er) folks were letting a great Easter dinner settle while enjoying a fantastic day on the patio, so it was time to send FTRR Old Number 7 switcher down the line with a tank car of cooking oil for the ‘Beans ‘n Burgers Cafe’. The Ram 53 sound system was turned up about half and the rythmatic chugging added to the ambiance of relaxing afternoon of family enjoyment. What a day!

Looks Familiar


April 18, 2014 – Something looks familiar about the Leviathan steam locomotive. Oh yeah, I remember, it reminds me of the Kalamazoo 4-4-0 that I recently rebuilt and detailed! – David -

Live Steam – Noblesville and Fishers


April 13, 2014 – The Leviathan 4-4-0 steam locomotive will be making trips between Fishers and Noblesville on Saturday April 26 and Sunday April 27, 2014. You can ride or take advantage of some great photo ops.

Great Banquet!


April 6, 2014 – Yesterday’s ILSR Annual Banquet was exceptionally well organized and presented. Upon arrival, all the ladies were given goodie bags with several unique and interesting items. After an excellent dinner, Bill Harryman presented pictures of, and directions to, his layout in Illinois in anticipation of the May 31, 2014 open house that he and Betty will be hosting. James previewed the upcoming 2014 ILSR events and President Jacquie presented all the past presidents with handmade personalized railroad-theme bookends. We finished with an amazing array of door prizes and a rail raising prize won by Wayne Smith. Congratulations to all involved for a job well done.

Excellent How-To Painting Video

March 27, 2014 – Want to update your loco’s paint job? Here’s HOW.