Gone by Noon- Roanoke Part 3

Every year since the third N Scale Convention in Baltimore, MD, I have made what has come to be called the ‘Concept Car’ that is released the morning of the Swap-A-Rama. This year was as big a surprise as ever, when I released a Micro-Trains production special run for this convention car! Shown here, the Norfolk and Western’s car ‘Roanoke’ was a smashing hit and was sold out by noon. It has always been in my head to make something super extra special for those folks that line up at my table each-and-every-year at our swap. I am honored that so many think my cars are so special, but to produce a car that was kept secret, just for these very special people, was my way of saying ‘thanks’. Next year will be back to the usual and fun hand-made stuff. But you never know!


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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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What a trip! We had a great time- exceeded our expectations by a mile. The Silver Lariat was simply stunning. A gem on the rails. The scenery and weather were perfect. The delays were not an issue for us at all. All just a good days work on the railroad! Thank you for all the…


These are indeed miniature masterpieces.

Bill S.

That car is about the greatest thing I’ve ever seen in N scale!  Excellent work!


Thanks, Lowell, for another awesome addition to an already incredible train.

R. M.

Lowell, I just want you to know – you make this hobby fun!

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!

Jeff B.

Keep up setting the bar high and providing a product that exceeds expectations.


Lowell, I received my Great Locomotive Chase set today. “THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL.” Keep up the good 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.


Thank you ever so much for being such an integral part of the model railroading hobby!