Garden Layouts


Randy & Jacquie Banks

The Sparrow Flats Railroad was started in 2003 as a small oval of track and small flower bed. After a few years of trial and error, this railroad has evolved into a beautiful and fun to watch layout with plenty of trestle work and an inviting water pond. The name Sparrow Flats Railroad was chosen because of a fond memory from a 2006 trip to Russia to the elite neighborhood of Sparrow Hills in Moscow. Continue reading

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Dave & Lucy Beck Outdoor Layouts

On a very hot and humid summer day, Dave and Lucy entertained a large group of ILSR members and guests. They had, in addition to TWO indoor layouts, an additional TWO outdoor layouts shown below. Excellent job, thanks! Continue reading

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Rex & Nancy Bowman

The first phase of the J.A.M.A. Railroad, named after our four grandchildren, Jesse, Abi, Michael and Audrey, was the completion of the freight line. The inaugural run was on October 20th, 2004. Passenger service was added and the first passengers boarded on June 14th, 2007. Continue reading

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Rex & Nancy Bowman Open House

J.A.M.A. Railroad – Page 2 Indiana Large Scale Railroaders Club Open House – May 22, 2010 As part of a two layout open house event, Rex and Nancy Bowman opened their excellent layout to the club. The plants are particularly … Continue reading

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Rex & Nancy Bowman Open House 2013

J.A.M.A. Railroad – Page 3 Indiana Large Scale Railroaders Club Open House – August 24, 2013 Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 1 Page 2 Page 3      

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Lance & Vickie Brock

The First Official “Rail Raising” Project
While it is certainly common for ILSR members to lend a hand when a fellow member needs help with his layout, having an official work session, with several members helping, is a first. Lance and Vickie Brock have a beautifully landscaped yard with a wide variety of plants, rocks, flowing water and bridges. A “moving feature” seemed like a great addition to the garden so they joined the ILSR to learn more about garden railroads. Continue reading

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Lance & Vickie Brock Open House

The Brock Railroad August 7, 2010 Layout Open House Indiana Large Scale Railroaders Club After all the hard work put in by the Brock's and the help provided by the club, it was time to show off the results to … Continue reading

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Jeff Carter

Jeff’s open house had a Hobo Daze theme, which included running trains, of course, and a great Hobo Stew dinner with a short discussion about hobos after dinner. Two of Jeff’s daughters and their families helped with the cooking and party setup. Continue reading

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Jeff Carter – Page 2

The Westfield Railway Indiana Large Scale Railroaders Hobo II Open House September 12, 2011 Jeff's open house once again had a Hobo theme, which included an operating session demonstrating how a real railroad moves freight. And again, we had a great Hobo Stew … Continue reading

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Andy and Pattie Chester

The Deer Ridge Garden Railroad Indiana Large Scale Railroaders Layout Open House September 6, 2008  In 2016 this railroad ceased operation and was dismantled. The Deer Ridge Garden Railroad was inspired by Andy’s fascination of the long streamliners of the … Continue reading

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