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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Help Wanted

As some  members may not be aware, we are looking for a permanent Webmaster.

Inquire with Randy Banks.


April 24 – Hoosier State Day Trip to Chicago

FYI:  James and Phil will both be in Indianapolis at 5:00 AM to meet members and they will also pick up some members in Crawfordsville, if you desire to catch the train at another location…

 Our VP,  Phil Streby, will be escorting the group on the “Hoosier State” day trip to Chicago.  He is planning on breakfast on the morning train and dinner on the evening train.  After arrival in Chicago (about 10 AM), you can either board a CTA bus to Michigan Avenue, or you can walk the mile and then take Bus #10 to the Museum of Science and Industry.   Bus fare is $2.00 each way, and transfers are $0.25.  Trip to museum will take about 35-45 minutes.  We will need to be back at Union Station no later than 5:15 PM to be ready for 5:45 departure. There is only one train; if we miss it , we Greyhound back to INDY.
Please NOTE: each individual (family) must make their own reservations with AMTRAK  :  www.amtrak.com
You can catch the train at any stop along the way, as the group is NOT making any plans for a particular station stop!!!
Below are additional webpages for your review of the days activities:
Museum of Science and Industry:  www.msichicago.org
Chicago Transit Authority:  www.transitchicago.com

2016 Spring Quarterly Newsletter

March 16, 2016 – The Indiana Large Scale Railroaders April/May/June 2016 Newsletter is posted HERE. Bud has his usual array of great articles, but please note that the NEWSLETTER is now published quarterly…


  1. If you haven’t paid your dues for this year, they are OVER DUE. Your April newsletter will be the last issue!!!
  2. For various reasons, the Board decided to cut back the Newsletter to quarterly… therefore, the next newsletter will be April 2016, and other methods of  communication  will be utilized. The newsletter will always have more detail than the webpage, so you will need to check the webpage more frequently.
  3. We are looking for open house sponsors for summer touring. Please step up and volunteer, as this is your club! Along those lines, Bud Hunter /Rex Bowman will have an open house on June 18.
  4. As , usual please feel free to email any officer, with suggestions and comments.
  5. We are looking for a permanent  webmaster, so if you are interested or know of someone willing to assume this responsibility, please let the President James Driesbach know.

ILSR Board Meeting

The ILSR Board will meet on February 13th, 10 AM -12 noon  at the Bob Evans at 10580 Pendleton Pike, Indianapolis, 46236. If you have anything you want discussed please forward to James Driesbach, Pres.