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This is my blog, or perhaps it's better called, ‘stories around the caboose stove’.

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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Zephyr Stop in Glenwood Springs: Journey from the Past

Zephyr Stop in Glenwood Springs – Mike Danneman’s Journey from the Past… Our train charter this past February was a great journey back in time. Riding the classic railcars of the California Zephyr really is traveling in style. My friend Mike Danneman, who is an amazing rail photographer, artist and model railroader, came along for part…

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Will you see all the trains you want in your lifetime?

Will you see all the trains you want in your lifetime? Creating an exact model of a passenger train comes one-car-at-a-time. Only Kato has given us complete train sets. But, hold that thought… As a consumer we want it all and are pretty fickle about criticism of those manufacturers when they decorate a car that…

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City of Prineville Railway: A new chapter

On January 14th Barb and I celebrated 40 years of marriage. On that day, we moved the last truck of household goods from our home of 27 years in Portland, to the Central Oregon town of Prineville. You may have heard of the ‘City of Prineville Railway’.   You may have been wondering ‘what happened to…

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King of the Cowboys

Years ago when Barb and I met Roy Rogers Jr. “Dusty” as he is known, it was a very special moment.  Being able to include this name in our Great American Circus and Wild West Show is just a treat! It is a shame most kids today do not know of Roy Rogers. Time moves…

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Union Pacific’s Pony Cars

We have just returned from our private-car charter with this time being from LA to Denver in the winter. We called it the ‘Polar Smith Express’ and there was no disappointment, because it was blue skies or snowing and was such a delight. You can see some of the photos trickling in by checking out…

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Press Release: Lowell Smith Purchases Tooling From Wm. K. Walthers

Lowell Smith is very pleased to announce the recent ‘purchase of tooling’ of the Walthers line of N Scale passenger cars. The line includes the sleeper, coach and baggage cars in both fluted and smooth-side versions. The line will be released under the new name of RailSmith Models. RailSmith also plans to expand this line…

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Going, Going… GONE!

This past year we saw the remaining stock of American Fruit Packers reefers find happy homes. There were just a few of each of the past 5-6 years left for what seemed to be a long time. Now you will find only a couple of cars available. I pulled the final three to create a…

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Executive Line Illinois Central Cars Are Rolling

‘Ridin on the City of New Orleans!’ is one of my favorite train songs, and I can’t help but hear it when I see these cars. (listen and watch the music video below, if you haven’t heard it) I received an email from John who was ‘just hoping’ that I would do the Illinois Central cars…

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What They Say:

Linda and Pete B.

Just wanted to thank you again for the opportunity to be with you and the many other happy folks who experienced the Feather River Canyon trip.  I know you put a lot of work into making this special trip a reality and it all came together extremely well!

D.K.

Aside from the quality, creativity and originality, you are to be commended for your ongoing commitment to this (GAC) series, and all of your series of trains over a period of so many years.  There is always something to look forward to. Keep up the great work!’ D. K.

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.

Anonymous

What a trip! We had a great time- exceeded our expectations by a mile. The Silver Lariat was simply stunning. A gem on the rails. The scenery and weather were perfect. The delays were not an issue for us at all. All just a good days work on the railroad! Thank you for all the…

Anonymous

The thing I love about all the things you do is the fact that everything is so well thought out, so beautiful and so unique.  

R.L.

Ferdinand Magellan is great! This really fits your mission of offering significant cars that otherwise wouldn’t be produced.

S. Reames

I received my observation/business car today and – like all of my other cars from you – I love it!

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.

Rick S.

Every new release from your Signature Series gets me revved up for the rails.

Jerry E.

Received GN A10 today. Absolutely stunning! I am very pleased. Thank You all.

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