AUGUST 17-20, 2017

The countdown to the 50th is on.  We are hard at work preparing the railroad for our manny vendors and guests.   If you are planning on joining us and bringing equipment we hope you have contacted Dan Miotti to be sure we have arranged for storage.  Bellow are several updates on the meet.

Ray Evers has donated this beautiful 7.5" caboose to the ILS in memory of Tom Zambreno.   This beautifully detailed piece of equipment will be included in our 50th anniversary auction.   For more details on the auction or auction rules please click the link below.

50th Auction Information

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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.

As usual we are having a big raffle along with the big auction.  We will post more photos as we get them.   

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Special 50Th Anniversary shirts, hats, and pins are being made available for a limited time.

Pins and a limited quantity of hats will be available during the meet.  If you want to order shirts or hats in time for the meet please make sure your completed order form, with payment, is with Rick Tracy by Sunday July 23rd.  

Order Form

(Front of shirt is embroidered and the back will be a thermal transfer as simulated in these pictures.)


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We have had several requests to make a reservation for the 50th. 

Click here for a PDF with all the info

If you prefer to use phone or e-email, please contact the meet chairman.

Dan Miotti – ILS 50th Annual Meet Chairman
12612 W. Hadley Rd.
Homer Glen, IL 60491
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815 485-6670

50th Anniversary Meet Special Rules

The 50th Anniversary Meet Committee has recommended, and the membership has approved, a special package of rules that will be in effect for the duration of the meet. These rules are being put in place for the benefit of our guests and members:

  • No grills (ILS will be providing meals throughout the meet, support your club!)
  • No pets (exceptions may be made for out-of-town guests)
  • Proper dress (no bare feet, shirts/T-shirts for men)
  • ILS members are asked not to take out or run their equipment until Sunday as a courtesy to our out-of-town engineers. (The reason for this is to provide as much space as possible for visitors’ equipment on the mainline, sidings, steaming bays, etc.) Exceptions will be made for members that provide rides for the general public (not just family & friends). Thursday through Saturday, contact a “Safety Crew Member” (yellow hat) to determine if rail traffic can handle additional member equipment before taking anything out.
  • Allow watchmen for overnight stays Thu-Fri-Sat (watch visitors/vendors equipment)
  • Trains are limited to 40 feet of rolling stock maximum (helps reduce traffic congestion)
  • All ILS members that plan on attending the 50th meet are asked to sign-up to volunteer for at least 2 hours each visiting day. (We need at least 11 volunteers each hour during the entire 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!!