Fantastic Taltree Tour and a Surprise Bonus!!

July 13, 2013 – Our bus tour to Taltree was a major success for our select group of members and guests. The weather was perfect and we had excellent tour guides, including our 2012 Club Banquet speakers from Taltree, Jim Melton and Damein Gabis. After several question and answer and photo tours around the layout, after visiting the basement holding yard and workshop, after a visit to the gift shop, after chatting with the Hartland representatives and signing up for their trainset raffle and after a freshly grilled hamburger or hot dog from the Taltree staff, we still had time for a surprise visit to the Illiana Garden Railway Society's club layout at Samuelson's Garden Center, also in Valparaiso. It was another major G Scale treat!

James passed along a great big thank you to all those who attended (and, we should add, supported his considerable efforts to put on this event). Pix HERE.

Larry Shirley Has Passed Away

July 11, 2013 – We found out earlier this week from Bessie Shirley that Larry passed away April 21, 2013. The Shirley's had been very active members of the club since joining back in 1991. During the past year, Larry has been in and out of the hospital with several problems, including serious heart trouble. Our sincere condolences to Bessie and the family.

ILSR July/August 2013 Newsletter

July 7, 2013 – The July/August newsletter is online and it is outstanding! You just gotta see the ILSR MicroGarden layout at 'Orchard in Bloom' in full color. Jeff and his crew did a spectacular job with the very colorful water fountains – check it out, along with the full color 'Upland Strawberry Festival' modular group display, HERE.