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RPO Newsbag

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!

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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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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What They Say:

G.P.

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

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.

J.R.

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

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…

S. Reames

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

Jerry E.

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

Rick S.

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

Jerry

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

D.

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

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.

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