Memorial Day Weekend 2019 is now in the books.  The weather came through for one of our newer traditions, the Steam Only Run.   Big thanks to Steve Wright for organizing the event and cooking a delicious meal for all those who participated.   There were plenty of trains out on the 1" and 1.5" and it was a great way to start off 2019.  

Hello and thank you for checking in at the official website of the Illinois Live Steamers.   It's a new year and many of our members are taking a break as the snow falls, or busy preparing equipment for the upcoming season.    Soon we will have some more photos and stories about the 2018 season and more info on what will be happening in 2019.   Here are a few highlights!!

  1.  The ILS Builders Club is almost through it's first year and we are still working on the format.   Presently we meet after the Sunday membership meetings each month and we plan on at least one prepared presentation along with a round table Q&A to discuss projects.  We encourage all model engineers who are interested in the Builders Club to participate,  our meetings are open to non-members.  Contact the corresponding secretary for more information.   
  2. .  We will be appearing at the Great American Railroad Show at the Lyons Township High School in LaGrange on March 23rd.   Please come by and say hi!
  3.  The calendar for the 2019 season has been finalized and the site will be updated shortly.  Thanks for your patience.

Hope you all are staying ahead of the weather and look forward to the spring!

The ILS will be again participating in the All American Railroad Show on Saturday, March 23rd 2018.  The event is held every year by NMRA (National Model Railroad Association) at the Lyons Township High School in Downtown LaGrange.   This is a great event where model railroading clubs from all over the Chicago area come out to display layouts and recruit new members.   If you are thinking about getting involved or just want to see some equipment up close please drop by.


Another season of operation is coming to a close which means its time for our annual Halloween run October 28th from 3 -8pm.     There will be a costume contest for the kids along with spooky decorations all over the property.   Be sure to stay for a trip around after dark to see the ghouls under the lights.   Dinner this year will be brats and hot dogs for a $5 contribution.   

If you are attending we ask that you be with a club member when coming onto the property.  Visitors from other live steam organisations or those interested in membership can contact us using the contact form in this site.  See you there!!

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.