Concept Cars & Convention Season!

The National N Scale Convention is only five weeks away! Last year we were in Roanoke, Virginia. This year, it is the west coast, and we will be in Sacramento, California, June 21-28th. The show and swap meet on Friday and Saturday, the 26th and 27th is open to the public Friday noon to 4pm and Saturday all day. So there is no excuse. This will be a great show, and if you have never been to a National N Scale Convention, it is so much fun with great people. Here is a web link to their web site and more information:

Next to ship: Executive Line Southern Pacific’s business cars – THIS WEEK!!

NP Mainstreeter’s RPO car will ship on June 3rd.

Great American Circus – Release #28 will be ready before the end of June.

American Freedom Train – Release #11 on or close to June 8th.

Besides being busy with these regular releases, I am just finishing up this years Concept Car. I am so excited about this year’s piece! This ‘idea’ has been in my head for 5+ years and it actually took 2+ years to make!!! No guesses, just hope to see you at my table on Friday morning at the swap-a-rama! This one is a real work! I love this stuff!

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Lowell Smith

A native of Portland, Oregon, Lowell Smith married his church choir sweetheart Barb in 1978. After a lifetime of rail-fanning, Lowell and Barb ventured out in 1992 to launch a new business in Portland, Oregon. Read more

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  1. Roger on June 28, 2015 at 8:39 pm


    Gotta tell you, you outdid yourself with this years Concept Car. In my opinion, one of the best. It just keeps getting better and better. And you couldn’t beat the intro when you unveiled it.


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