Desiring to bring a creative and artistic approach to model railroad cars, Lowell Smith Signature Series was born in 1994. The first special run car commemorated the Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the Golden Spike – “Wedding of the Rails”. Since 1994, Lowell Smith Signature Series has continued to produce over one hundred and thirty-five unique cars or train locomotives to date.
The product lines showcased in this website include creations inspired by Americana, such as the Great American Circus, American Fruit Packers and a special tribute to our Nation’s National Parks. In 2008, Lowell was also asked to produce a line for the Walt Disney Company®, both at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco as well as Disneyland® Main Street USA.
Lowell Smith Signature Series continues to develop fun and innovative ideas and encourages you to join the e-newsletter updates so you can stay current on what’s coming next.
About the Owners:
A native of Portland, Oregon, Lowell Smith married his church choir sweetheart Barb in 1978. After a lifetime of rail-fanning, Lowell and Barb ventured out in 1992 to launch a new business in Portland, Oregon. Following Lowell’s passion of model trains, The Hobby Smith was built to be the community center for model railroaders – operators and collectors alike. Located in the Hollywood District of Portland, The Hobby Smith was the place to learn and to enjoy the camaraderie of others with the same passion.
Lowell’s approach to life is to enjoy the moment and live with integrity. “We have no promise of tomorrow,” he says. With past experience as the General Manager of Pacific Coast Restaurants, he considers himself blessed to call Bob Farrell a friend as well as a role model with his passion to give great customer service! Alongside Bob Farrell, Robert Olszewski has become a mentor, encouraging Lowell as a fellow vendor to the Walt Disney Company. Lowell enjoys spending time with family, singing, and of course rail fanning.