Amazing limited production model trains.

Final Stock…!? (Sept 2017 Update)

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.
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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. Tim Souders on January 6, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Hooray for your getting the Walthers Tooling for the smooth/fluted side passenger cars!! I always thought these as nice if not nicer than what Kato offered; I’m excited to see what’s going to be offered!!

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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!

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…

B. Kutch

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


As a retiree of the Walt Disney Company I look forward to upcoming releases of the Disney Family Museum and Disneyland series.  Keep up the excellent work!

M. Magliaro

I received my #99 business card in the mail today. It looks superb. Thank you for another wonderful job. You are really filling a niche.

R. LeBrun

Thank you for all that you do for the N Scale community. Your products by far, in my opinion, are the top of the line when it comes to N Scale Trains and I am always on the lookout for them when they come up for auction.


AFT is a real dream come true for me. Thanks for all 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.


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

J. LaBoda

To say the least this is a HUGE development for N-scale and I, along with a number of others, are indebted to you for making these cars possible. Thanks so very much!!!

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