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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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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What They Say:

Joe W.

And as for your goal of 5 releases a year, I admire your ambition, but I won’t hold it against you if you fall short on that accomplishment.  I’m just thrilled you’re doing such an AWESOME job of releasing this amazing train, and hope you don’t stop until it’s all done!


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

Ray F.

I just wanted you to know my O gauge Hood River Pears car came yesterday in perfect condition. This car is just beautiful I can’t wait for the next one to come out. Keep up the good work.


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!


You know I’m always looking forward to the next release and its arrival with great anticipation. I treasure my Lowell Smith Signature collection.

J. Arenas

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


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

Rick S.

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

Jerry E.

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

Bill S.

That car is about the greatest thing I’ve ever seen in N scale!  Excellent work!