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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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.


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

R. M.

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


AFT is a real dream come true for me. Thanks for all your hard work!

Dan & Nina D.

So glad our big Alaska trip happened when it did.  It was the trip of a lifetime for me and Nina, thank you so much for organizing it.

Charlie S.

Thank you for producing such well researched quality offerings.


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

K. Lyons

I want to be like you when I grow up!


I just received the “The Great Locomotive Chase” set from the Walt Disney Family Museum. Very nicely done!

S. S.

I got my new Santa Fe business cars, they are superb and worth the wait ten times over.