Three open houses to attend in the greater Indianapolis area

This Saturday kick-starts the first of three open houses hosted by some of our members. While we will still need to be socially distanced and masked up, we hope you come out and enjoy a great time. Be sure to take lots of pictures, as one of these railroads will be having its last showing. Details below:

July 2020
August 2020
September 2020
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CANCELED: Modular Setup at the Upland Strawberry Festival

As you know, we continue to deal with the pandemic and the governors guidelines. I, along with the club president and board members have decided it would be best to not do the Upland show. Also, the Castleton Christian church has cancelled their September festival. At this time, unless we decide to do the Fort Wayne show, possibly in November, we will not be setting up until February of 2021. I have been in contact with Bill Grove (Great Train Expo) and they have been out of their office for the month of May and are just beginning to get back sometime mid to late June. The fall and winter schedule is not yet put together. if at all possible, I would like to try to do the Fort Wayne show to make up for the two we lost this year, provided the date works out and there is enough interest. We would be taking just the one trailer up and putting the layout we use in Upland. Last year they moved the date for the Fort Wayne show out of December and it was the week before Thanksgiving. I am continuing to look for possible new shows, when I find one of interest I will notify you by email. I know Dave Wheelock has been keeping you updated, but I wanted to make sure you guys knew I am working on getting us back on track.
THANKS, JAMES H. DRIESBACH–MODULAR GROUP COORDINATOR

New dates for the 36th National Garden Railway Convention

It is official. The 2020 National Garden Railway Convention (Nashville, TN.) has been canceled due to caronavirus concerns. It has now been rescheduled for the approximate same dates of May 30 to June 5, 2021 in Nashville,TN. The NGRC Denver, CO. now has also been rescheduled to 2022. The NGRC San Francisco Bay Area has also been rescheduled to 2023. If you had hotel reservations for Nashville, you probably will want to cancel (or reschedule) them now. I know of at least 2 families in our ILSR train club that have reservations to go to Nashville and there well could be more. Plan ahead and be safe! – Bud Hunter

 You can read more here: https://ngrc2020.com/pages/hindsight-is-2021 Updated: https://ngrc2021.com/pages/hindsight-is-2021

 

April 2020 Newsletter and Updates

HI everyone!

I know everything is a bit discouraging right now, so I hope this update will allow you enjoy some trains and be distracted. The April 2020 Newsletter is now posted on the Newsletter page for members. It is filled with activity updates including a spring banquet cancellation/postponement. But there are other good things to enjoy.

Starting today through April 11, Kalmbach Media is ‘unlocking’ all of their premium web content for those who are not yet subscribed. This includes special content from Trains Magazine, Garden Railways, Model Railroader, and Model Railroader Video Plus to name a few. You can read more here.

Also, through April 6, USA Trains/Charles Ro Supply Company is having a special sale since the East Coast Large Scale Train Show was canceled. Be sure to check out the special sale here.

Lastly, if something would come up and you are in need during this time, please reach out let me or the leadership of the club know. If we can, we will help. God bless, Andrew

2020 Great Train Show

A small on looker enjoys the passing trains.

Another great year was had by all at the Great Train Show in Indianapolis, IN this past weekend. Posted are a few photos from the display. Club members from all around ran a dozen or so trains each day. Our fearless leader, James, was interviewed for some show promotion on WISHTV. Attached are some photos from Bud Hunter, Spencer Spurlock, and myself. If you have photos to share, contact me.

A few -late- updates

Roann Covered Bridge Festival Exhibit – Kyle Draper

A few things of not have happened since the last update. My bad on getting this out later than I should have.

  • In September Kyle Draper setup some trains at the Roann Covered Bridge Festival Exhibit. You can read more in the latest newsletter…
  • Speaking of newsletters, the Fall 2019 one is now posted for members on the Newsletter page.
  • Also here are a few photos from the Modular Layout setup that happened in September for the Castleton Christian Church – Palooza.
  • Lastly, below are the recently elected member for the club:

Elected Positions:

  • John Buckner – President
  • Dave Wheelock – Vice President
  • Randy Banks – Treasurer/Sec.
  • Bud Hunter – Newsletter Editor

Appointed Positions:

  • Jeff Carter – Membership
  • Andrew Jones – Webmaster
  • James Driesbach – Modular Group Coordinator

Upcoming Castleton Christian Church – Palooza

Hey guys it is about that time. We will be at the Castleton Christain Church on north Hague road starting at 1:00 pm Wednesday September 18th for set up. the show is on Saturday but we are using the extra days to work on the layout. please let me know if you will be able to be there and what days. any help is good help. The full address is on the web site (See the 2019 Calendar in the right column) and I will keep you informed of any updates.  I plan on being there earlier on Thursday, Friday and Saturday depending on when Randy can get me in to the church.  Thanks, James H. Driesbach

David & Sharon O’Haver – Open House Recap 2019

We had great weather for an open house a few weeks ago! David and Sharon’s new garden layout reflects the hard work they poured into this wonderful creation. It was exciting to see all the garden colors and the long bridge over the pond! David said a bridge was one of his top requirements when he started planning the layout. In addition to the garden layout, they setup a loop of track in the grass to run another train. All in all, everyone had a great time outdoors with trains and sunshine! Enjoy the photos and thank you David and Sharon for a great open house!

MARION C HENSLEY

It is with a sad heart that we pass along the sad news of Marion Hensley’s passing August 18th, 2019. You can read more here: https://gravellawncemetery.com/grave/grave-import-546/

A celebration of Marion’s life will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Gravel Lawn Cemetery Chapel beginning with Masonic Memorial Rites. Friends may call at the chapel on Wednesday from 12:00 pm until the time of service. Burial will follow the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gravel Lawn Cemetery Chapel, Good Samaritan of Hamilton County or the Fortville Masonic Lodge No. 207. Online condolences may be shared at www.sealsfuneralhome.com.

From everyone at ILSR, our loving condolences.

4014 Big Boy!

Bud Hunter was able to go catch some of Big Boy’s action on the high iron in Rochelle, IL this past Tuesday after it had been on display in West Chicago. “This is an amazing steam locomotive!” – Bud

Additionally, my wife Sarah made for some arrangements to go up and see the Big Boy in West Chicago. So here are a few photos: