Catching up on the news!

Hello all, I was a bit behind on posting the fall newsletter here on the website. In that time the September/October Garden Railroading News has come out. Please enjoy.

In other news, the next couple of events are just around the corner. First is the November 20 Danville Train Show and (yes it is that time already) Jingle Rails!

Lastly, a shout out to the last Modular Layout setup getting a brief mention in the news shown below.

Upcoming ILSR Open House and Modular Layout Event

Open HouseEvent Info
As a reminder, Randy and Jacquie Banks will be hosting an open house this weekend Saturday September 11, from 1 – 4 PM.  They are located at 7621 Fall Creek Parkway, Indpls.  Randy wants us to either park in his driveway, his neighbors’ driveway to the south or the Pines neighborhood across the street,  please do not park on Fall Creek Parkway.  It looks like the weather will be great for this event so I hope to see many of you Saturday.

Modular EventEvent Info
The club will be setting up our modular layout at Boone County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday September 17 and 18.  This is an annual event in Lebanon, called Back to the Fifties and attracts many people from the area.   There is a lot to do for the entire family including,  a Car Show, food vendors , Children’s fun park, Merchants building, and bands all day Saturday, see the attached flyer for details.  In addition to the items listed there is an AKC dog show and an antique bottle show on the fairgrounds on Saturday.  All events are free of charge so it’s a great time to see the modular layout and enjoy a day of fun.

Save the Date October 9 Open House Event Info
In the month of October Dave Beck is hosting an open house on October 9 from 2 – 4 pm.  Watch for more information in the upcoming newsletter.

Hope to see many of you at our upcoming events.
Dave Wheelock
VP of Events

Rick & Marty Fair 2021 Open House

August is always hot and humid weather wise, so ideally we would want to schedule a railroad open house venue with as much shade as possible. Rick and Marty Fair’s garden railroad features almost total shade and lots of railroading activity to enjoy. Rick supervised the train operations while Marty supervised being hostess with plenty of chairs to sit down and enjoy conversation, ice tea, lemonade – plus a huge variety of tasty breads.

Rick’s main railroad features 3 mainlines curving around through bridges, tunnels and various trees and bushes. Both steam and diesel locomotives are in use. There is also A “pondless waterfall” railroad that loops itself around this waterfalls and can be rather spellbinding to watch in and of itself. For those folks that enjoy interurbans and trolley cars, there is one of these to watch as well that automatically reverses itself at each end of the Line. Thank you Rick and Marty for hosting our August event in your lovely, shaded side and back yard. – Bud

June 2022
July 2023
No event found!

Club Picnic at Brownsburg

Our July Club Picnic was held on July 10 at the Corner Stone Christian Church in Brownsburg. A huge thank you to Dave and Marilyn Wheelock for making the arrangements and securing the large shelter house for our use. Everyone enjoyed hamburgers, cheeseburgers and hot-dogs grilled by skilled grill-masters Marshall McConnell, John Buckner and Dave Wheelock. Randy and Jacquie Banks took care of securing over a dozen raffle prizes. Thanks also to Bill Duncan and Kyle Draper for setting up two large ovals of track to operate several trains during and after the picnic.

Perhaps best of all, we had 26 Club Members turn out for this picnic event, including several newer members of our club. Bob Gottschalk (Lebanon); Brandon, Irene and son Theo Reizman (Plainfield); Jess and Nancy Wadle (Zionsville). Getting to know one another is an important element of any successful Club, and I think we certainly demonstrated that this day. Thanks everybody! – Bud

Summer newsletter and other updates

Hi all,

The summer newsletter is now live for members on the newsletter page. Be sure to catch the recap of the Nashville convention, the Upland strawberry festival, why the Banks’ open house got delayed, the next few event dates, and so much more! Thank you Bud Hunter for all you do in the newsletter.

Speaking of events, the website is now updated with the details for the July, August, & September events. Take special note that the July 10th club picnic!

If that wasn’t enough reading, be sure to check out the latest Garden Railroading News digital magazine for May/June 2021.

Lastly, we were asked to share the following from LGBTours:

Dear train fans,

We understand that many of you cannot wait to travel again.

Together with YOU, we would like to travel through Colorado in August!
Join this last-minute LGB TOUR and experience your hobby in a very unique way.
Connect model railroading with a real-life example and talk shop with your like-minded
fellow travelers. And to top it all, every family will receive a LGB souvenir wagon.

Colorado – Best of the West, August 17 – 24, 2021 inclusive the Cumbres & Toltec Steam Festival
Colorado one of the highest states in the USA offers an amazing variety of wildlife and fascinating desert landscapes, rich cultural heritage, narrow-gauge railways, mining museums, and ancient rock dwellings. The days will be filled with breathtaking rides on board the Georgetown Loop Railroad -crossing the famous Devil’s bridge-, the Royal Gorge Route Railroad -running along the mighty Arkansas River-, the Durango & Silverton Railroad -one of the most impressive railways in America-, and the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad -America’s longest and highest narrow-gauge steam railway-.
We will also visit the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden and explore the Great Sand Dunes National Park -the tallest sand dunes in North America-, and Garden of the Gods – with it’s
amazing sandstone rock formations.

*Attached you will find the complete itinerary, as well as a fill-in application form.
*You can also click on the following link

* 5% discount if you apply before July 1, 2021 (Extended till July 9, 2021)

We look forward to seeing you in August!

Best regards,

John Rogers
Narrow Gauge Paradise – LGBTOURS
PO Box 130807
Tampa, Florida 33681-0807
Tel/Fax: 813 831 0357

June Event Updates

We are halfway through June now and have one event down and one event upcoming. But note that the event on the 26th has been changed:

The open house at the home of Randy and Jackie Banks on June 26th has been postponed till a later date. Instead, we will be meeting the same day, at George’s Grill at 11:30 AM, June 26th.. George’s Neighborhood Grill is at Binford and 71st street, actual address is 6935 Lake Plaza Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46220. We are planning on having a brief meeting, social time, and a brief presentation of some of the layouts and activities at the National Garden Railroad Convention recently held in Nashville Tennessee.

Sorry for this late change in our schedule I hope many of you have a chance to come out for this event. All families and guests are welcome.

Dave Wheelock
Event Vice President


Thanks to all who made the Upland Strawberry Festival event happen with the modular layout. Attached are a few of Brandon & Sandi Carney’s and Bill Duncan’s photos.

Time to kick off 2021!

2021 is here and it’s time to get the trains out. The spring newsletter has been added to the website and more importantly, the events calendar is posted. The first two major events are in June are bound to be fun. Starting with Strawberries at the Upland Strawberry Festival where the modular layout is set to be set up. Then Randy and Jacquie Banks are hoasting an open house to show off their beautiful garden and layout. You won’t want to miss it!

Speaking of the modular layout, James has scheduled a meeting to prepare in May. All club members are welcome to attend.

The rest of the schedule still has details being ironed out, so be sure to watch the Events page for updates.

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
No event found!

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.