Amazing limited production model trains.

Going, Going… GONE!

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.

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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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  1. Gregg Merrill on December 5, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    The cars are great quality. I would like to see more NW Fruit Producer Reefers in 3-rail -gauge. If the 1st one turns up used…I would like to have that one. I am well pleased with issue 2 and 3. All those others available only in N scale would be great in 3_rail 0-gauge. Thank You for producing these cars!

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I am looking forward to many more releases in the new year. I stayed up really late on Christmas to talk to Santa when he came by our house. I asked him for an n-scale SP&S 700, and he said that was out of his league and I’d better call you.


Thanks for all the great trains – it’s nice to have such wonderful rolling stock on the layout.


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!

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…

J. Arenas

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


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

Linda and Pete B.

Just wanted to thank you again for the opportunity to be with you and the many other happy folks who experienced the Feather River Canyon trip.  I know you put a lot of work into making this special trip a reality and it all came together extremely well!

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!!!

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.


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

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