Lowell Smith Signature Series https://lowellsmith.net from concept to reality Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:03:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Press Release: Lowell Smith Purchases Tooling From Wm. K. Walthers https://lowellsmith.net/press-release-tooling-purchase/ https://lowellsmith.net/press-release-tooling-purchase/#respond Sat, 02 Dec 2017 02:33:25 +0000 https://lowellsmith.net/?p=5397 Lowell Smith is very pleased to announce the recent ‘purchase of tooling’ of the Walthers line of N Scale passenger cars. The line includes the sleeper, coach and baggage cars in both fluted and smooth-side versions. The line will be released under the new name of RailSmith Models. RailSmith also plans to expand this line […]

The post Press Release: Lowell Smith Purchases Tooling From Wm. K. Walthers appeared first on Lowell Smith Signature Series.

]]>
Lowell Smith is very pleased to announce the recent ‘purchase of tooling’ of the Walthers line of N Scale passenger cars. The line includes the sleeper, coach and baggage cars in both fluted and smooth-side versions.

The line will be released under the new name of RailSmith Models. RailSmith also plans to expand this line of well-done N Scale passenger cars.

Watch for the first RailSmith Models release the second quarter of 2018!

With these models I can continue my Office Car Special (OCS) series of Norfolk Southern cars, as well as several other current series, but more importantly is the ability to expand the line. What would you like to see? My planned target-price-point on the RailSmith line will be $49. I hope you are excited like I am!

The post Press Release: Lowell Smith Purchases Tooling From Wm. K. Walthers appeared first on Lowell Smith Signature Series.

]]>
https://lowellsmith.net/press-release-tooling-purchase/feed/ 0
Going, Going… GONE! https://lowellsmith.net/going-going-gone/ https://lowellsmith.net/going-going-gone/#respond Fri, 01 Dec 2017 20:15:47 +0000 https://lowellsmith.net/?p=5394 This past year we saw the remaining stock of American Fruit Packers reefers find happy homes. There were just a few of each of the past 5-6 years left for what seemed to be a long time. Now you will find only a couple of cars available. I pulled the final three to create a […]

The post Going, Going… GONE! appeared first on Lowell Smith Signature Series.

]]>
This past year we saw the remaining stock of American Fruit Packers reefers find happy homes. There were just a few of each of the past 5-6 years left for what seemed to be a long time. Now you will find only a couple of cars available. I pulled the final three to create a sort of ‘starter’ pack for those that may just now be starting. And yes, there are folks like that! This long running, and very popular series, releases only one time each year, and I try to do that around the fall harvest time. This year’s car ‘Olympic’ label has seen very strong reservations so be sure to get yours if you have waited. They will be here next month.

In the last Newsletter, I told about the reservations for the Spokane Portland and Seattle C-636’s going very quickly. Well, there are no more DCC ‘Gold’ unless you would like the No Number version. And if you missed my urgent comments about this and still want a Gold version with sound and DCC, then you’ll need to email me to be on a waiting list. There are only a few Gold No Number versions available so hurry please. These are now planned for delivery just after the new year, and they will be worth the wait!

The Walt Disney Family Museum Logo

The Walt Disney Family Museum holiday cars are fewer then ten each remaining for any that are showing ‘in stock’. This year’s car is being released December 2nd at the museum in San Francisco. There is always a push for the final cars during that event and this is your ‘heads up’ to jump on board if you have not. A locomotive and caboose are planned down the track sometime.

Northern Pacific ‘Mainstreeter’ coaches – there are only three left! Diners are here now and everybody needs to eat!

Lastly on this topic, the National Park Series 2016 locomotive from Fox Valley was a huge success and there are less then 10 left. And just as important, less than 8 Centennial Tour Gift Boxed train sets remaining! So don’t say I did not warn you.

The post Going, Going… GONE! appeared first on Lowell Smith Signature Series.

]]>
https://lowellsmith.net/going-going-gone/feed/ 0
Executive Line Illinois Central Cars Are Rolling https://lowellsmith.net/illinois-central-cars-are-rolling/ https://lowellsmith.net/illinois-central-cars-are-rolling/#comments Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:00:35 +0000 https://lowellsmith.net/?p=5178 ‘Ridin on the City of New Orleans!’ is one of my favorite train songs, and I can’t help but hear it when I see these cars. (listen and watch the music video below, if you haven’t heard it) I received an email from John who was ‘just hoping’ that I would do the Illinois Central cars […]

The post Executive Line Illinois Central Cars Are Rolling appeared first on Lowell Smith Signature Series.

]]>
‘Ridin on the City of New Orleans!’ is one of my favorite train songs, and I can’t help but hear it when I see these cars. (listen and watch the music video below, if you haven’t heard it)

I received an email from John who was ‘just hoping’ that I would do the Illinois Central cars for my Executive Line. I was planning to do that, and it turns out that John’s grandfather was assigned car IC 6 and that body was really close to the body style I was intending to use. So, there you go John! And thanks for all of the IC technical drawings if their Office Cars.

The Illinois Central is one of those lines that often saw cars interchanged on many other lines. But who needs an excuse to buy a beautiful car like this? Micro-Trains did a great job with getting the colors and lettering just right!

Next to ship is the Chicago and North Western car #400. This car does not have the black stripe under the windows, but does have a roof and end details added. You may know that the last three C&NW business cars I released sold very quickly, so better not delay on this sweetheart. They will be shipping end of October!

See and reserve your Executive Line cars here!

The post Executive Line Illinois Central Cars Are Rolling appeared first on Lowell Smith Signature Series.

]]>
https://lowellsmith.net/illinois-central-cars-are-rolling/feed/ 2
Final Stock…!? (Sept 2017 Update) https://lowellsmith.net/final-stock-sept-2017-update/ https://lowellsmith.net/final-stock-sept-2017-update/#respond Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:15:00 +0000 https://lowellsmith.net/?p=5177 I do not have a way, on my website, to indicate when stock is ‘getting low’ so here is the inside scoop!   This past year we saw the remaining stock of American Fruit Packers reefers find happy homes. There were just a few of each of the past 5-6 years cars left for what seemed to […]

The post Final Stock…!? (Sept 2017 Update) appeared first on Lowell Smith Signature Series.

]]>
I do not have a way, on my website, to indicate when stock is ‘getting low’ so here is the inside scoop!

 

This past year we saw the remaining stock of American Fruit Packers reefers find happy homes. There were just a few of each of the past 5-6 years cars left for what seemed to be a long time. Now, though, you will find only a couple of cars available. I pulled the final three to create a sort of ‘starter’ pack for those that may just now be starting. And yes, there are folks like that!
This long-running and very popular series, releases only one time each year, and I try to do that around the fall harvest time. This year’s car ‘Olympic’ label has seen very strong reservations so be sure to get yours, if you have waited. They will be here next month.

Northern Pacific Mainstreeter’ coaches- there are only three left! Diners are here now and everybody need to eat! Trust me you do not want to miss this ‘dinner call’.

 

In the last Newsletter, I told about the reservations for the Spokane Portland and Seattle C-636’s going very quickly. Well, there are no more DCC ‘Gold’ version unless you would like the No Number version. And if you missed my urgent comments about this and still want a Gold version with sound and DCC, then you’ll need to email me and ask to be on the waiting list. Really, there are only a few Gold No Number versions available so hurry up!

 

The Walt Disney Family Museum holiday cars are fewer then’ ten each’ remaining for any that are showing ‘in stock’. This years car is being released December 2nd at the museum in San Francisco. There is always a push for the final cars during that event and this is your ‘heads up’ to jump-on-board if you have not. A locomotive and caboose are planned down the track sometime.

 

Lastly on this topic, the National Park Series 2016 locomotive from Fox Valley was a huge success and there are less then 20 left. And, just as important, there are less then (12) Centennial Tour Gift Boxed train sets remaining! So you can’t say I did not warn you.

 

Don’t wait for the hope and thought of every finding these in the 2nd Chance Mine, because you really never know if you ever get a second chance.

The post Final Stock…!? (Sept 2017 Update) appeared first on Lowell Smith Signature Series.

]]>
https://lowellsmith.net/final-stock-sept-2017-update/feed/ 0
Meet Dale: 30-Year National Park Ranger Retiree https://lowellsmith.net/dale-national-park-ranger-retiree/ https://lowellsmith.net/dale-national-park-ranger-retiree/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000 https://lowellsmith.net/?p=5179 As I am thinking about what National Park to do next in the National Park Series, I have to tell you a story that is fresh on my mind. A couple months back, I received a call from a customer who asked if he could pay for expedited shipping of his order and explained it […]

The post Meet Dale: 30-Year National Park Ranger Retiree appeared first on Lowell Smith Signature Series.

]]>

As I am thinking about what National Park to do next in the National Park Series, I have to tell you a story that is fresh on my mind.

A couple months back, I received a call from a customer who asked if he could pay for expedited shipping of his order and explained it was a retirement gift. Of course I said ‘yes’ and as I looked at his order I noticed it was from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park Headquarters in Gatlinburg, TN! It seems that Dale had a retirement ceremony scheduled soon.

As it turns out, Dale loves trains, and my National Park Centennial Tour train set was just the gift for Dale! I gave them a deal on his shipping if I would allow me to use photos of the retirement to share here with you.  After 30 years of service a National Park Ranger retired, and it was special for me that they thought of my train as the desired gift for Dale!

Thanks Dale for your 30 years of service to our National Parks.

The post Meet Dale: 30-Year National Park Ranger Retiree appeared first on Lowell Smith Signature Series.

]]>
https://lowellsmith.net/dale-national-park-ranger-retiree/feed/ 0
Disney’s Most Colorful Train on Rails! https://lowellsmith.net/disneys-colorful-train-rails/ https://lowellsmith.net/disneys-colorful-train-rails/#respond Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:00:59 +0000 http://lowellsmith.net/?p=4941 What if Walt Disney had a train?  Well, he did!  You probably know the story of Walt’s live steam train in his backyard.  The Carolwood Pacific, named for the street he lived on, was famous and is well loved today.  You can see the consist including the famous 4-4-0 Lilly Belle at the Walt Disney […]

The post Disney’s Most Colorful Train on Rails! appeared first on Lowell Smith Signature Series.

]]>

What if Walt Disney had a train?  Well, he did!  You probably know the story of Walt’s live steam train in his backyard.  The Carolwood Pacific, named for the street he lived on, was famous and is well loved today.  You can see the consist including the famous 4-4-0 Lilly Belle at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, but did you know he also personally owned the trains at his Disneyland Park?  He created W.E.D. (his initials) as a company for licensing and also to maintain control of his railroad at the park.

In building Disneyland, Walt had many sponsors to help fund his dream and naturally turned to the Santa Fe Railroad to help sponsor the train around Disneyland, called the Santa Fe and Disneyland Railroad.  It was Walt’s joy to run his own train whenever he wanted to.

What if Walt had his own train to ride the ‘mainlines’ of America’s railroads?  Liberties have been taken, with permission, to create this rendition of what Walt’s train could have been as cars named for places important to Walt, and with a color scheme showing the ‘wide world of color’ (then the name of his television show on NBC), but also reflecting the palate and talents of his studio.

 

This is a much anticipated new N scale train series produced here in the United States. As shown, there will be eight cars named for ‘towns and places’ dear to Walt’s heart.  A mural car, express car, and a locomotive will also be produced to complete the train.  I am sure you will enjoy this, the most colorful train ever on rails.

Find the products here.

 

“I have always loved trains.” ~Walt Disney

The post Disney’s Most Colorful Train on Rails! appeared first on Lowell Smith Signature Series.

]]>
https://lowellsmith.net/disneys-colorful-train-rails/feed/ 0
Pullman Tourist Sleepers – a colorful story! https://lowellsmith.net/pullman-tourist-sleepers-colorful-story/ https://lowellsmith.net/pullman-tourist-sleepers-colorful-story/#respond Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:00:30 +0000 http://lowellsmith.net/?p=4943 This is a very exciting new series that is just now launching, and I want to tell you all about it! After World War II in the late 1940’s, the Pullman Company was busy building new streamlined cars for America’s railroads.  Their fleet of heavyweight cars were being used in secondary trains, as well as […]

The post Pullman Tourist Sleepers – a colorful story! appeared first on Lowell Smith Signature Series.

]]>
This is a very exciting new series that is just now launching, and I want to tell you all about it!

After World War II in the late 1940’s, the Pullman Company was busy building new streamlined cars for America’s railroads.  Their fleet of heavyweight cars were being used in secondary trains, as well as held in reserve for heavy-volume periods for charters and ‘specials’.  These heavyweight cars were painted the fleet colors of the time, so when used would blend into the trains consist.  The cars were very often interchanged and run in ‘specials’ creating a most interesting colorful train!  I have photos of Pennsy cars in the consist of many different railroads crack passenger trains.  Issues of the UPHS Streamliner show UP trains with a string of Tourist Sleepers on the end painted in the colors of L&N, ACL, and Pennsy.

 

It was a new era for railroads, as for the first time they had to compete for travel business.  Airlines, and the automobile, were coming of age and started taking a toll on the railroad’s passenger service profit-and-bottom-line.  The term ‘Tourist Sleeper’ was used to define a sort of economy version of the famous Pullman cars.  Now railroads had ‘Tourist Sleepers’ to entice riders with affordable options and create the desire to visit vacation locations.  National Parks were of course high on the list of places to see, and the railroads made sure that the public was well aware that they had trains to these favorite destinations.  The biggest form of advertising in those days were magazines.  The Saturday Evening Post and National Geographic were two of the favorites that targeted leisure, news stories, and general interest of the day.  Remember that television did not become common place in homes until the 1950’s.  Colorful ads graced the pages of these magazines in telling a story of the times.

 

My new Pullman Park Series is planned to produce cars that ran from the 1940’s to the late 1960’s.  They are colorful sleepers that continued to take passengers to destinations of grandeur.

 

‘Tourist Sleepers to the National Parks’

 

The post Pullman Tourist Sleepers – a colorful story! appeared first on Lowell Smith Signature Series.

]]>
https://lowellsmith.net/pullman-tourist-sleepers-colorful-story/feed/ 0
2017 Disney Train Car Release – Walt Disney Family Museum https://lowellsmith.net/2017-disney-train-car-release-walt-disney-family-museum/ https://lowellsmith.net/2017-disney-train-car-release-walt-disney-family-museum/#respond Mon, 10 Jul 2017 22:38:26 +0000 http://lowellsmith.net/?p=4949 I am so excited to announce the release date of this year’s Christmas car!  Please join us at The Walt Disney Family Museum on Saturday, December 2nd, for a great time and the 2017 unveiling.   Barb and I will be there between 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm.   If you have never visited The Walt Disney […]

The post 2017 Disney Train Car Release – Walt Disney Family Museum appeared first on Lowell Smith Signature Series.

]]>
I am so excited to announce the release date of this year’s Christmas car!  Please join us at The Walt Disney Family Museum on Saturday, December 2nd, for a great time and the 2017 unveiling.

 

Barb and I will be there between 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm.

 

If you have never visited The Walt Disney Family Museum, this would be a great time to see this most amazing exhibit of creative genius.

 

It’s an awesome tribute to the man, Walt Disney, and is  located at the Presidio in San Francisco.

The post 2017 Disney Train Car Release – Walt Disney Family Museum appeared first on Lowell Smith Signature Series.

]]>
https://lowellsmith.net/2017-disney-train-car-release-walt-disney-family-museum/feed/ 0
N Scale Enthusiast in Pittsburgh 2017! https://lowellsmith.net/n-scale-enthusiast-pittsburgh-2017/ https://lowellsmith.net/n-scale-enthusiast-pittsburgh-2017/#respond Mon, 10 Jul 2017 04:44:27 +0000 http://lowellsmith.net/?p=4935 You know, I always say ‘it was a great time’ and that’s because it is!  We have been to Eastern Pennsylvania many times but this was our first time in the western part.  It has beautiful mountains and is a great train territory. We started or trip with a visit to Todd Treaster’s great New […]

The post N Scale Enthusiast in Pittsburgh 2017! appeared first on Lowell Smith Signature Series.

]]>

You know, I always say ‘it was a great time’ and that’s because it is!  We have been to Eastern Pennsylvania many times but this was our first time in the western part.  It has beautiful mountains and is a great train territory.

We started or trip with a visit to Todd Treaster’s great New York, Susquehanna & Allegheny RR.  Todd and Becky really know how to show Pennsylvania hospitality and were most gracious to not only let us visit but to stamp our Private Varnish Passport as we ran our private car, the ‘Barbara Kay’, over their railroad and through Todd’s amazing model of the town of Pittsburgh.  Todd’s layout has been featured may times in Kirk’s N Scale Railroading.  Because of the N Scale Enthusiast, we have roamed the country and we have made great friends, like Todd and Becky, in this wonderful hobby.

 

 

We went to Altoona where we saw the Norfolk Southern Shops, and we are told that’s a very rare treat!  Next door to Altoona we visited the famous epic landmark ‘Horseshoe Curve’, where once Pennsy Allegenys’ steamed and where the Norfolk Southern Heritage locos’ are now a treat to see.

 

Pittsburgh, itself, is a very nice city.  I imagined dirty steel mills, but they are all gone and the town is very clean and a great place for a train convention.  There are still many steel mills but not in town.  The NSE organizers really know how to choose a convention hotel.  This one was on the river downtown with NS track on one side and CSX track on the other!  Wow, it was a rail-fan’s dream!

 

Great people show up at these conventions and they are always a ‘must’ on our list of annual events.  Next year Salt Lake City will host us from June 20-24.  Save the date!

 

In fact, would anyone be interested in a day through the Rocky Mountains in a private Dome car?  I’m putting together just such a treat for Father’s Day through the Rockies!

The post N Scale Enthusiast in Pittsburgh 2017! appeared first on Lowell Smith Signature Series.

]]>
https://lowellsmith.net/n-scale-enthusiast-pittsburgh-2017/feed/ 0
A Snippet of My C-636 Story https://lowellsmith.net/my-c636-story/ https://lowellsmith.net/my-c636-story/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 16:51:01 +0000 http://lowellsmith.net/?p=4825 From a very young age I have always loved trains, and I had my first HO train set when I was about 7. I jumped into N Scale in the late 60’s with Postage Stamp, Bachmann, and ConCor. Living in Portland, Oregon I decided that the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway would be the one […]

The post A Snippet of My C-636 Story appeared first on Lowell Smith Signature Series.

]]>
From a very young age I have always loved trains, and I had my first HO train set when I was about 7. I jumped into N Scale in the late 60’s with Postage Stamp, Bachmann, and ConCor. Living in Portland, Oregon I decided that the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway would be the one to model. With no engines available, I painted and decaled my own in those days. The biggest road diesels the SP&S had were the Century 636’s that ConCor made a model of back in the 1970’s. That model, if you recall, was crude and used the motor mechanism of the day, which was even more crude. Many many years have passed. You are aware of the SP&S products I have been able to produce as ‘Special Runs’, and we are all blessed that there are enough of us out there to do more. BUT, there are not enough of us out there to support a model train manufacturer to produce this great C-636 engine. Starting way back in the late 1980’s I recall talking to model train companies about this engine, and I’m sure you might have done that too. More recently, with companies like Fox Valley on the scene, I have hoped there would be a chance, but we still get turned away.

When Atlas finally produced the C-630 several years back, we thought that for sure the 636 would follow. The chart below shows exactly why no one wants to invest to produce this engine. With only 63 units produced and only five railroad names on that chart that you are really aware of, it truly is bleak. Once again I spoke with Paul at Atlas, Matt at Fox Valley, and Lee at Bowser. (Bowser recently released this in HO but will not do it in N Scale.) All of them again say ‘no’.

from wikipedia

If I want this engine, it clearly should happen on the great chassis that Atlas produces. I have looked at the differences between the C-630 and the C-636. And while there are certainly differences, the overall detail is completely there. So I have jumped out-on-a-limb to commission Atlas to paint their C-630 in the SP&S Broad Stripe scheme, and they have agreed to a smaller run quantity then usual. Without that, I would not have done this.

There are two details that I can add to make this ‘look closer’. First, the large round roof fan will be added photo etch part. Second, will be the fuel tank. While I cannot change it completely, I will create a closer-looking tank to the prototype. As of now, I cannot change the trucks, nor the air tanks under the walkway of one side. But, I believe that the finished model will be very satisfactory, and I am betting that you will agree!

Orders are now being taken. Click here to get yours! Delivery is expected third quarter of 2017.

The post A Snippet of My C-636 Story appeared first on Lowell Smith Signature Series.

]]>
https://lowellsmith.net/my-c636-story/feed/ 0