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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!

Passenger Service on the SP&S

The picture below tells a fun story of this Northwest train, our next Build-a-Train consist. The SP&S Train #2 ran from Portland to Spokane. Train #1 ran the opposite direction. This photo shows its late-day trip west of Wishram, Washington traveling at speed over the fill at Horse Thief Lake, with the mighty Columbia River in the…

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Isolated But Not Alone!

We may be isolated but we are not alone! If you are making lemonade out of lemons, you are spending quality time with your family, and building your railroad!  And, how can that be bad?  I would be working on my model railroad, if it were not for the production of the American Freedom Train, which…

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Build-A-Train Success – The Texas Special

The Texas Special roll out has gone very well.  By the end of this year, 2020, we project that all of the cars will be available or close to shipping, with the exception of the Buffet Lounge and the E-7 power.  The power should be announced about 12 months from now. The speed of this…

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2020 is an Exciting New Year

You are probably saying this too, ‘Time is sure going fast.’ So much happened last year, and there’s so much to reflect upon. On a connected note, thank you with your well wishes, and similar stories, responding to my last blog ‘Thankful’ (about Prostate Cancer). I am surrounded by friends and that is the’ best’ we can…

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A Texas Special Day

I’ve been blessed the past couple of years being able to attend the RPM Chicagoland meet. Events like this provide lots of inspiration and fellowship – something we all need. Speaking of inspiration, my friends at Modutrak, (Milwaukee based N scale group), are always inspiring, and they showoff some of the finest N Scale modeling…

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Our Trip to Promontory for the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike

My wife Barb and I planned a year in advance to be in Utah for the 150th anniversary of the Gold Spike. It was every bit as big a deal as we thought it would be, and we are so glad we were there! We took two days to drive from our central Oregon home…

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Building Them Right: Creating the Pennsy Cars

What does it take to creating the Pennsy Cars? Let’s talk about it. The Pennsylvania business cars are the 32-35th cars in this Executive Line Series. I thought I’d stop and share the resources I used to make these cars. It will help you see a few of the challenges of this series. In the…

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Consist Chart Choices

I have found it useful to have a visual aid when it comes to passenger train consists, so when it came time to build a chart for some of the trains I plan to build in RailSmith, I found it fun and challenging. As seasons and years pass, changes would come to how a railroad…

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RailSmith Development

Learning more about trains… I love all the feedback and responses I have had about RailSmith Models and what direction to go!  I read each one and have filed them for review. Being from the great Northwest, my passion has always been for the Hill Lines, and specifically the Spokane, Portland, & Seattle, and many…

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For the Love of Trains

I often get asked “where do you get these ideas”?  Well, if you know me, it’s not a short answer. Nor is it a simple response. But like most of you, I have always loved trains. As you might know, I’m a railroad modeler. I love to build the miniature world and operate the trains…

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What They Say:

G.D.

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!

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.Wallace

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

D.

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

D.K.

I am speechless!  The AFT Showcase car is everything I hoped it would be; and more.

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…

R.M.

These are indeed miniature masterpieces.

Jerry E.

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

Jerry

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

B. Kutch

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

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