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For the Love of Trains

I often get asked “where do you get these ideas”? 

Well, if you know me, it’s not a short answer. Nor is it a simple response. But like most of you, I have always loved trains.

As you might know, I’m a railroad modeler. I love to build the miniature world and operate the trains in a way they did ‘back in the day’. When you look at the different ‘series’ of trains I produce, many are based only from ideas in my own mind. As things go, one leads to another. Each ‘series’ has its’ own story and each story is fun to remember.

In 1994 I commissioned Micro-Trains to produce a special run for me. My first, of what has become much more than I ever expected.

Here is a photo of that first car. I had it made as a celebrating reminder of the 125th anniversary of the the Gold Spike.

Here we are now, about to celebrate the 150th anniversary of something that was such an accomplishment back in 1869. Our nation has never been the same, and I suppose I can say that my decision to make this Gold Spike special run certainly changed me as well.

Lowell

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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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. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest

D.G.

Nothing better than receiving that white box from Lowell Smith. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest

S. Reames

I received my observation/business car today and – like all of my other cars from you – I love it! Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest

J.R.

Lowell, I received my Great Locomotive Chase set today. “THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL.” Keep up the good work. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest

K.

My kids absolutely love the Christmas cars! The C.K. Holiday, along with the Carolwood and Disney cars makes a wonderful Christmas train. It made many a loop under our tree this year. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest

B. Kutch

Love your 3-rail O Scale Atlas Woodside Reefer series. Looking forward to future issues. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest

Gordon and Dorothy

I have never been treated as graciously and in a manner more suited to a VIP in my life, as I was on our train trip.  It’s obvious how you’ve made your life a success story.  Looking around the train and seeing your friends I’m pretty sure they  were all made to feel very special by you, and your…

J. Arenas

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

R.M.

These are indeed miniature masterpieces. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest

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