Whats Happening at the ILS. 

Just in time for the 50th we have a new motorized turnout for the improved 1" service siding.  With two treated water spigots and enough room for two full trains we will be able to keep the mainline clear for increased traffic during runs and the meet.

The 3/4" project is a is a complete rebuild of our 3/4 high-line for our guests at the 50th meet.  When the ILS was founded the first track was the 3/4" which you can see in our history section.  Our 3/4" uses 1/2" rail and is dual-gauged for both 3/4" and G operation.  We are looking forward to being part of the renewed interest in these smaller scales which offer all the fun of live steam with a lower cost and a more manageable size.

August 7, 2017

What goes around comes around when it comes to 3/4" track at the ILS.   The stringers are all in place and the track is being leveled and aligned  Now the only question remaining is who gets the first run!!

We proudly sporting a new welcome sign for the 2017 season thanks to a generous donation by Burn by DZ.   For more information go to the Burn by DZ website at https://www.facebook.com/burnbydz/.

Mark your calendars!  The ILS will again be presenting at the 36th annual All American Railroad Show on March 25, 2017.   This show provides a great opportunity to learn about many of the scale and model railroading clubs around the Chicagoland area.   The only thing for sale at this event is lunch so it's a great opportunity to bring the kids to introduce them to this amazing hobby.   We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday March 25, 2017
9am - 5pm

Lyons Township High School Fieldhouse
100 S Brainard Ave. (corner of Brainard and Cossitt)
La Grange, IL

Admission $5 (under age 5 free)

 

 

 

With cooperating weather and a great turnout of members and family, this years friends and family meet was a great success.  Thanks to all those who came out to picnic and run their trains!

Our friends at Discover Live Steam have written a story about our 50th celebration in August.   Check out the story here....

Discover Live Steam Story

 

I am working to get our memorials section up to date with information about our founders and members who are no longer with us.   If you have or would like to write a memorial please submit them to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Include any photos you would like to add as well and I will publish them in the In Memorial section of the site.  Thanks!!