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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!

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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2017 Disney Train Car Release – Walt Disney Family Museum

I am so excited to announce the release date of this year’s Christmas car!  Please join us at The Walt Disney Family Museum on Saturday, December 2nd, for a great time and the 2017 unveiling.   Barb and I will be there between 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm.   If you have never visited The Walt Disney…

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N Scale Enthusiast in Pittsburgh 2017!

You know, I always say ‘it was a great time’ and that’s because it is!  We have been to Eastern Pennsylvania many times but this was our first time in the western part.  It has beautiful mountains and is a great train territory. We started or trip with a visit to Todd Treaster’s great New…

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A Snippet of My C-636 Story

From a very young age I have always loved trains, and I had my first HO train set when I was about 7. I jumped into N Scale in the late 60’s with Postage Stamp, Bachmann, and ConCor. Living in Portland, Oregon I decided that the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway would be the one…

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BMRE Activity Atlanta 2017

Anyone that knows me well, knows that my love for trains goes deep.  When it comes to railroad modeling, I specifically love operating a model railroad in some realistic fashion.  In the Northwest areas, we have many friends that share this same passion.  Recently, one of these friends moved to Atlanta, Georgia.  Mark had moved…

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Noah Elias and Lowell Smith Team Up to Bring TRAINS to The Kid In Me

I’ve had the privilege of meeting and working with some incredibly talented individuals over the years. Recently, a good friend of mine, Noah Elias, approached me with an idea I have been so excited about. This partnership and project has already been a highlight, and I’m thrilled to finally get to share it with you.…

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Stock Remaining

I love the fall!  Actually, I love every change of season and in Portland we get each season to enjoy.  Train season, of course, is my favorite! It is here!   Once-a-year I release an American Fruit Packers car and this year is the 21st car and represents the 21st year of this series.  Wow, time…

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2016 Disney Train Car Release

It is that time of year again when we get to travel to The Walt Disney Family Museum for the release of this years Christmas train car. This annual event is so much fun and San Francisco is so festive during the holidays. This year the date is Saturday, November 26th, 2016. Speaking of ‘saving…

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Big Sky Blue: Glacier Park Tour Reflections

Big Sky Blue is a pretty good way to describe our amazing trip in September!  Our trip up the California coast, through Oregon and on to the great state of Montana, was just a delight!  Every aspect was fun.  Those that came along had lots to say about ‘doing this again’. We were greeted at East…

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What They Say:

K. Lyons

Thank you for everything you’ve done and everything you do for the modeling community. I can honestly say that my enjoyment of the hobby has benefited greatly because of you.

Jerry

I really am enjoying what you are producing, Lowell! Thanks for doing it. Jerry

Gordon and Dorothy

I have never been treated as graciously and in a manner more suited to a VIP in my life, as I was on our train trip.  It’s obvious how you’ve made your life a success story.  Looking around the train and seeing your friends I’m pretty sure they  were all made to feel very special by you, and your…

R. K.

You are in my book one of the very best.

J D

Thanks, Lowell, for another awesome addition to an already incredible train.

J. Echlin

Many thanks for your superb offerings and beautiful work!

S. Reames

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

J. Arenas

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

G.P.

I just received the “The Great Locomotive Chase” set from the Walt Disney Family Museum. Very nicely done!

G.N.

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!

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