What are you doing for Fathers Day?

Welcome to the new year! 2015 is shaping up to be another great year with lots of exciting new announcements, special run,s and private rail tours! I’m excited to have you all be a part of it. Coming up this June, Barb and I will be hosting a day-trip through the Feather River Canyon in original California Zephyr cars! This is a great opportunity for you to step-back-in-time to enjoy the luxury of how rail travel was during that golden age. The train will depart from Sacramento, CA at 6 a.m. on June the 21st, and is scheduled to return at 8 p.m. that evening. We are planning on having coach, dome, and even private sleeper rooms available for you to choose from. While the cost of this one-day trip may seem high, it is currently less expensive than other charters running in the Feather River.

Barb and I rolling through the Royal Gorge

Barb and I rolling through the Royal Gorge

Some of the group at Durango station.

Some of the group at Durango station.

We have had a very high level of interest in this trip and it is now ‘filled up’ fast with only limited seats remaining available. A waiting list will be started for those who miss out on a ‘confirmed’ reservation and are hoping for a cancellation. If you are interested, please check our page for the trip, which has details and a place for you to sign-up for updates as they become available.


Quote from last trip: “Thank you for a wonderful train trip across the Rockies! We were able to experience the nostalgia of years-gone-by in grand style by traveling the California Zephyr cars.” Don’t get left on the station platform!

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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Paul G.

I just received my Carolwood Pacific cars yesterday. They are exquisite! Every attention to detail was paid here, and I can’t thank you enough for putting this into production.  They are going to look amazing, circling my main Street miniatures display. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest


Aside from the quality, creativity and originality, you are to be commended for your ongoing commitment to this (GAC) series, and all of your series of trains over a period of so many years.  There is always something to look forward to. Keep up the great work!’ D. K. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest


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


Thank you ever so much for being such an integral part of the model railroading hobby! Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest

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! Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest


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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! Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest

Jim and Jo Ann K.

Every aspect of the trip was professionally done.  You and Barbara were on top of every change and your matter-of-fact assurances speak highly of your professionalism.  Jo Ann is a retired chef  and we know what good food is, and the meals provided on the CZ trip were stellar! BRAVO to you and Barbara for…