Grand Western Mining Company

James & Sally Bando

Tour Schedule

Sunday October 27, 2013 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Basement access via short lawn area


See It On The Map

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.



Layout at a Glance

The HO scale Grand Western Mining Company Railroad layout is a highly detailed, small layout depicting a silver mining town located in the Western United States in the early 1900’s. One section is used for removable dioramas that change the theme of the layout. The indoor garden scale switching layout is built on wire shelving units. The indoor layout area contains educational displays of railroad artifacts, mining artifacts, and modeling techniques.  For you circus buffs, "The Great Circus Train" by Walthers will be on display, including all 20 cars and the rare 4-6-2 "Old Milwaukee" locomotive.

The outdoor GWMC Railroad has a 100-foot mainline used for live steam locomotives and a 240-foot mainline used for electric locomotives with all track accessible while standing.  This year we have added landscaping and many new buildings to the garden layout.  We will be running live steam locomotives and battery-powered remote-controlled locomotives.



Indoor: HO

Garden: Fn3 (1:20.3 scale, 45 mm gauge track)


HO: 4' x 7' Highly detailed

Garden: 104'oval and 230' folded dog-bone, live steam and battery locomotives




Western USA mountains



Layout Style

Old Western town with mine

Len. Mainline

HO: 15'

Garden: 104' and 230'

Layout Height

HO: 40"

Garden: 32"


HO: "L" Girder

Garden: Wood frame deck


HO: Vinyl roadbed on plywood sub roadbed

Garden: Wood and ballast


HO: Code 83 Flextrack

Garden: Code 332 stainless steel and brass

Turnout Min

HO: #5 Mainline

Garden: Various/

Minimum Radius

HO: 18" Mainline


Updated: Sun Nov 17 19:06:01 2013

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