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

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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Final Stock…!? (Sept 2017 Update)

I do not have a way, on my website, to indicate when stock is ‘getting low’ so here is the inside scoop!   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 cars left for what seemed to…

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Meet Dale: 30-Year National Park Ranger Retiree

As I am thinking about what National Park to do next in the National Park Series, I have to tell you a story that is fresh on my mind. A couple months back, I received a call from a customer who asked if he could pay for expedited shipping of his order and explained it…

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Disney’s Most Colorful Train on Rails!

What if Walt Disney had a train?  Well, he did!  You probably know the story of Walt’s live steam train in his backyard.  The Carolwood Pacific, named for the street he lived on, was famous and is well loved today.  You can see the consist including the famous 4-4-0 Lilly Belle at the Walt Disney…

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Pullman Tourist Sleepers – a colorful story!

This is a very exciting new series that is just now launching, and I want to tell you all about it! After World War II in the late 1940’s, the Pullman Company was busy building new streamlined cars for America’s railroads.  Their fleet of heavyweight cars were being used in secondary trains, as well as…

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What They Say:

S. Reames

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

Jim and Jo Ann K.

Every aspect of the trip was professionally done.  You and Barbara were on top of every change and your matter-of-fact assurances speak highly of your professionalism.  Jo Ann is a retired chef  and we know what good food is, and the meals provided on the CZ trip were stellar! BRAVO to you and Barbara for…

R. LeBrun

Thank you for all that you do for the N Scale community. Your products by far, in my opinion, are the top of the line when it comes to N Scale Trains and I am always on the lookout for them when they come up for auction.


As a retiree of the Walt Disney Company I look forward to upcoming releases of the Disney Family Museum and Disneyland series.  Keep up the excellent work!


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.  

Rad J.

Lowell, I am very pleased with the N Scale Ferdinand Magellan Presidential car. As a retired US Secret Service agent I have conducted security advances for the president and his family traveling by train. I have done a lot of research on the Ferdinand Magellan and the model has excellent detail. It will be an…

J. LaBoda

To say the least this is a HUGE development for N-scale and I, along with a number of others, are indebted to you for making these cars possible. Thanks so very much!!!


I am looking forward to many more releases in the new year. I stayed up really late on Christmas to talk to Santa when he came by our house. I asked him for an n-scale SP&S 700, and he said that was out of his league and I’d better call you.

B. Kutch

Love your 3-rail O Scale Atlas Woodside Reefer series. Looking forward to future issues.


Lowell, thanks to you and your company SP&S modelers (myself included) are having a much easier time modeling the North Bank Road. Thank you for your hard work!