James & Sally Bando's Grand Western Mining Company Railroads [Woodstock, GA] (G)

Layout Tour Dates

Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
In-person tour of an outdoor garden railway. Hosts REQUIRE THAT ALL GUESTS BRING AND WEAR A FACE MASK while on their property.
Grand Western Mining Company Railroads [Woodstock, GA]
1258 Hendon Rd
Woodstock, GA 30188
Over 5 Years on Tour
Contact Information
James & Sally Bando
770-928-2135
Wheelchair Accessible: 
Yes
Layout Details

The video above is a replay from our 2020 "virtual" Piedmont Pilgrimage.

For 2021, this will be an in-person tour of the outdoor garden railway ONLY.  At the request of the hosts, the indoor layouts will NOT be open for viewing this year.

All three of our layouts (HO layout, outdoor garden gauge layout, and indoor garden gauge layout) depict Colorado gold mining areas in the years 1900-1920, with cowboys, horses, ranches, and mines. The Grand Western Mining Company (GWMC) owns the Idalee silver mine and the Grand Western Mining Company Railroad. Major scenes on the layouts include railroads, the mines, sawmills, cemeteries, engine houses, waterfalls, and the town. The town of Crystal City on all the layouts are typical western mining towns in 1900.

The theme on the HO layout for this year is "Buffalo Bill's Wild West." The HO layout has several other interchangeable themes, such as, a German-style resort. Interchangeable scenes are mounted on hardboard, so changing scenes take just a couple minutes.

Layout Descriptions:

1. Outdoor Garden Railroad

Scale

Garden gauge (1:20.3 scale, 45 mm gauge track)

Size

104' oval and 230' folded dog-bone

Prototype

Freelance

Locale

Colorado mining

Era

1900-1920

Layout Style

Colorado towns with mines

Len. Mainline

104' and 230'

Layout Height

32"

Benchwork

Wood frame deck

Roadbed

Wood (former swimming pool deck)

Trackwork

Code 332 stainless steel and brass rail

Turnout Minimum

8' diameter

Minimum Radius

8' diameter

Maximum Grade

2.5 percent

Scenery

Live plants & mountains carved from foam insulation

Backdrop

The great outdoors

Locomotive Controls

Live steam, transformers, and radio controllers

Wheelchair Accessible

Yes

2. Indoor Garden Railroad

Scale

Garden Gauge (1:20.3 scale, 45 mm gauge track)

Size

27' x 25'

Prototype

Freelance

Locale

Colorado mining

Era

1900

Layout Style

Old Western towns with mines

Len. Mainline

125' and 75'

Layout Height

40"

Benchwork

Plywood on wire shelving

Roadbed

Plywood

Trackwork

Code 332 stainless steel and brass rail

Turnout Minimum

8' diameter

Minimum Radius

8' diameter

Maximum Grade

Level

Scenery

Mostly flat (mountains being added)

Backdrop

Mountain-like grey fabric

Locomotive Controls

Transformers and radio controllers

Wheelchair Accessible

Yes, basement access via lawn

3. HO Scale Layout (Indoors)

Scale

HO

Size

4' x 7' highly detailed

Prototype

Freelance

Locale

Colorado mining

Era

1900

Layout Style

Colorado mining town with mine and sawmill

Length of Mainline

15'

Layout Height

40"

Benchwork

"L" Girder

Roadbed

Vinyl roadbed on plywood sub roadbed

Trackwork

Code 83 nickel-silver Flextrack

Turnout Minimum

#5 Mainline

Minimum Radius

18" Mainline

Maximum Grade

10%

Scenery

Mountainous, 100% complete

Backdrop

None

Locomotive Controls

Two-cab control

Wheelchair Accessible

Yes, basement access via lawn

Directions 

From I-575, exit at the Town Lake Parkway. Go east (into downtown Woodstock). Before downtown, there is a "Y"; stay to your left and go straight through downtown Woodstock. You are now on Arnold Mill Road. Be sure to obey the speed limits as they are very strict (2 miles per hour over the limit gets you a ticket). Stay on Arnold mill road about four miles (you will pass a Mobil gas station) until you get to a traffic light (there is a Luthern Church on the corner). Make a left onto North Arnold Mill Road. Follow this curvy road about 1.26 miles to Hendon Road (there will be a magnificent horse farm with white vinyl fencing and a pink house at the corner). Turn left (north). We are the first house on the right, a single story red brick house with four white pillars set back 3oo feet from the road.