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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!

Train Show Season

Every year I go to several train shows and they are a blast. What is most enjoyable is meeting you at these shows and having time with my friends again. Our hobby is fascinating and continues to grow and evolve with new technology, ideas, and products. One of the best shows in the Northwest is…

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An interview with Lowell

One of the benefits of having an amazingly talented daughter is connecting with her business associates at Propel Businessworks. Tim Griffin of Mission: Communicate helped Jamie with much of the technical aspects of my new website, and although he lives across the globe, he touches many companies in the world in the area of website…

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Railroad Christmas Joy

I truly believe that this hobby is one of the greatest in the world. The spirit of camaraderie we share makes us a tight knit group. Some of the people that I consider to be my closest friends are my “brothers in rail”. They know my family and I have met many of theirs. I…

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Walt Disney Family Museum Christmas 2013

Producing a Christmas themed car each year for The Walt Disney Family Museum, is so much fun! The museum is such a nice place to visit and tells the story of the great man, Walt Disney. His life’s story, success, and dreams are told with each display and image. There is so much to take…

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Lowell, Barb, Ron & Diane

Some sad Disney news

A nice day turned very sad when we heard of the passing of Diane Disney Miller, who is the daughter of Walt Disney and just an amazing woman. Here is the link to the information posted at The Walt Disney Family Museum.  A dark cloud will be over the museum when we are there Saturday,…

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Teaser: Preproduction ‘Tiger Stripe’ RS-3

It is just like Christmas when a production run arrives here!  The moment of opening the box, and gazing for the first time, a train that was probably thought of years before and took at least a year to produce. It is very exciting for me and I hope you feel the same way.  …

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American Fruit Packers Columbia Belle Arrives Today!

Most folks I talk with love the fall season. It comes and goes so fast though, there is little time to enjoy the most colorful time of the year.   Two weeks ago Barb and I did something we have never done before, we joined some friends at an apple press party.  The result was…

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Holiday Boxcar Signing with Lowell Smith

Save the Date! On Saturday November 30th, 2013 Barb and I will be in San Francisco at the Walt Disney Family Museum.  This will be a fun event where I release and unveil, for the first time, the 2013 Christmas car. This years car as in the past, will be very special and is really…

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Fall Means Indoor Railroading for the Model Railroad Enthusiast

I really love the fall season.  Every year, as the days get colder, it is a reminder of the fun hobby of model railroading. And although it truly is not a seasonal hobby for me, it is the time of year the focus comes back indoors after the fun warm days of summer. Last night…

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Lowell and Barb Smith

Silver Smith Tour 2013 recap

A trip of a lifetime is one way to describe our Silver Smith Tour of 2013. Our private rail cars traveled on the California Zephyr, The Empire Builder, and The Coast Starlight circling our wonderful country through the Rockies, the plains, the Cascades and back home. The Silver Lariat (The Silver Smith) dome car, The…

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What They Say:

R. K.

You are in my book one of the very best.

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!!!

B. Kutch

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

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.

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!

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…

Jerry E.

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

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.Wallace

AFT is a real dream come true for me. Thanks for all your hard work!

J. Echlin

Many thanks for your superb offerings and beautiful work!

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