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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!

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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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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2018 National Train Show Experience

This year’s big show was held in Kansas City.  With Kansas City being the geographical ‘center’ of the U.S., I thought this would be a great show and would draw from all parts of the country, and I was right because folks from every corner of the nation attended.  This annual event is the biggest ’traveling’ train show, as it…

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Breaking News: China Factory Closes

By now, many of you have heard about a major model train manufacturer suddenly shutting down in China. This news is only days old, so the situation remains pretty fluid.  Many companies here in the US used this factory.  The RailSmith product will not be effected.  Our trains made here in the US at Micro-Trians…

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RailSmith Plans: Chapter 2

RailSmith Models – ‘More of the Story’ Since the National N Scale Convention in Salt Lake City, we have had many people complete the short (updated) survey on the web site, and we have had lots of encouragement and suggestions. With your opinions shared, we realize that we need to tell more about the plans for…

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RailSmith Plans Revealed

My plan and hope is to create some very famous ‘name trains’ that have, in some cases, never been done in N scale. Production is expected to be releases of 8 paint schemes at a time, with two road names (or numbers) per scheme. Releases like this will continue about five months apart. Naturally, future…

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Who Knew? – A Pennsylvania ‘Fleet’ Executive Line Update

Who Knew? Just a few weeks ago I announced the next in my Executive Line Series trains, the Pennsylvania Railroad.  I figured that since the Penn Central took the existing car #120 named ‘Pennsylvania’ and put their logo and name on it, it would be an easy thing to offer that option and thus more variety…

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What They Say:

J.R.

Lowell, I received my Great Locomotive Chase set today. “THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL.” Keep up the good work.

D.

“You have no idea how excited I am about these cars . . .”

R. K.

You are in my book one of the very best.

Ray F.

I just wanted you to know my O gauge Hood River Pears car came yesterday in perfect condition. This car is just beautiful I can’t wait for the next one to come out. Keep up the good work.

K. Lyons

I want to be like you when I grow up!

K.

My kids absolutely love the Christmas cars! The C.K. Holiday, along with the Carolwood and Disney cars makes a wonderful Christmas train. It made many a loop under our tree this year.

J. Echlin

Many thanks for your superb offerings and beautiful work!

M. Magliaro

I received my #99 business card in the mail today. It looks superb. Thank you for another wonderful job. You are really filling a niche.

J. Arenas

Wow… You made my dream come true with the CK Holiday! I am a great admirer of your work.

R. M.

Lowell, I just want you to know – you make this hobby fun!

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