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:

2019 Summer Newsletter and Call for Club Officers

With Summer upon us, there are a few noteworthy items to be passed along.

  • It’s hot out folks, so keep those boilers cool with plenty of water!
  • The Summer Newsletter is now available online (Member’s Only).
  • Fall events are now on the calendar too the right side of this post and on the newsletter.
  • We need candidates for 2020-2021 positions. If you’re interested just let any current officer know!

Upland Strawberry Festival Recap

Brandon Carney’s Amtrak E8Amtrak 411 zooms by the circus in Upland, IN.

The club had a fantastic time as always in Upland, IN at the 2019 Blooms and Barries Festival. Bill Duncan noted that 14 different trains ran throughout the day. As always there were many that enjoyed the display. I’m sure the whole group is already looking forward to next year’s festival for all the fun of running trains! Well, and fresh strawberries too. Okay, a few of us might mostly look forward to that part… myself included.

The next modular setup is on the schedule for September 21, at the Castleton Christian Church Palooza. Till then enjoy some of these photos from Upland.

Double the Trains with two Open Houses this Saturday!

Rex & Nancy Bowman’s Garden Layout.

Just a quick and friendly reminder that there are two open houses this weekend!

This Saturday, June 22, we have the wonderful opportunity to enjoy Rex Bowman and Bud Hunter’s layouts from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. As Bud Hunter put it, ‘we are hopping the weather is partly cloudy and NO RAIN!’ As always, you are welcome to invite a guest(s) to accompany you to our Open Houses. See the Newsletter for more info.

See you then!

Lucy Beck

Dave Beck’s wife fell and has had hip surgery …. Get Well cards would be appreciated. Send to home as she may not be in St. Vincent’s for very long.

Get Well quick

2019 Spring Newsletter

The Spring Newsletter is now available in the Members section… Please note the information for the Spring Banquet as this year we have changed the sign up format.

Our guest speaker is Logan Day. Logan is very active in the “Save The Nickel Plate” movement and will have much to share with all of us on those plans for what has been accomplished so far, and what the current plans are for this coming year.

We set a deadline for your reservations to be sent to Marion by Monday, April 29. Thanking everyone in advance for this courtesy.

Thanks again for paying your late dues and we look forward to starting the 2019 season on May 4th.

The ILSR Board

Darrell Jackson

As some members are aware, Darrell has some health issues and is selling his G scale equipment… please see the for sale section for itemized list.