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This is the Lowell Smith Signature Series and RailSmith blog, (or perhaps it's better called, ‘stories around the caboose stove’). Either way, bookmark this page for updates as they happen and check back regularly!

Our Trip to Promontory for the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike

My wife Barb and I planned a year in advance to be in Utah for the 150th anniversary of the Gold Spike. It was every bit as big a deal as we thought it would be, and we are so glad we were there! We took two days to drive from our central Oregon home…

Building Them Right: Creating the Pennsy Cars

What does it take to creating the Pennsy Cars? Let’s talk about it. The Pennsylvania business cars are the 32-35th cars in this Executive Line Series. I thought I’d stop and share the resources I used to make these cars. It will help you see a few of the challenges of this series. In the…

Consist Chart Choices

I have found it useful to have a visual aid when it comes to passenger train consists, so when it came time to build a chart for some of the trains I plan to build in RailSmith, I found it fun and challenging. As seasons and years pass, changes would come to how a railroad…

RailSmith Development

Learning more about trains… I love all the feedback and responses I have had about RailSmith Models and what direction to go!  I read each one and have filed them for review. Being from the great Northwest, my passion has always been for the Hill Lines, and specifically the Spokane, Portland, & Seattle, and many…

For the Love of Trains

I often get asked “where do you get these ideas”?  Well, if you know me, it’s not a short answer. Nor is it a simple response. But like most of you, I have always loved trains. As you might know, I’m a railroad modeler. I love to build the miniature world and operate the trains…

Arrivals Update: December 2018

RailSmith It is very exciting to know that the first RailSmith shipment is ‘on the water’ as they say. I am delighted that the factory had the first run completed ‘on time’ in early November. The fact that it took me much longer than planned, or understood, to set up the paperwork to become an…

Texas Is Special!

I am excited to say the announcement that ‘we are producing this train’ has been met with much enthusiasm and support. This is a photo of a pre-production sample, hence no couplers.  Soon, we will be announcing three Texas Special coaches. The Texas Special’s paint scheme is a real eye catcher, as you can see.  As…

Christmas Is Coming – and so are your trains…

Christmas is Coming! And so are your trains! Presently, there is one release arriving in November, three releases coming in December, with two more in January. That combined with the RailSmith cars arriving will prove to be a very busy winter, and Christmas season. It’s never the plan to get it all at the same time,…

RailSmith Samples Arrive!

What an amazing delight to get an email in the morning from the factory that RailSmith samples will arrive on that same day! I am delighted, and I know you will be as well, with these beauties! Delivery appears to be on time and planned for a December arrival. I will post here on the…

Which San Francisco Train?

While at the National Train Show, I saw my friend Fred Hill.  He produces amazing HO models under the brand of ’The Coach Yard’.  If you know him, you know he is very knowledgeable about most all things Southern Pacific (ESPEE).  As I described the ‘City’ train, I was building and announcing to release, he pointed out several…

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