Amazing limited production model trains.

Executive Line Illinois Central Cars Are Rolling

‘Ridin on the City of New Orleans!’ is one of my favorite train songs, and I can’t help but hear it when I see these cars. (listen and watch the music video below, if you haven’t heard it)

I received an email from John who was ‘just hoping’ that I would do the Illinois Central cars for my Executive Line. I was planning to do that, and it turns out that John’s grandfather was assigned car IC 6 and that body was really close to the body style I was intending to use. So, there you go John! And thanks for all of the IC technical drawings if their Office Cars.

The Illinois Central is one of those lines that often saw cars interchanged on many other lines. But who needs an excuse to buy a beautiful car like this? Micro-Trains did a great job with getting the colors and lettering just right!

Next to ship is the Chicago and North Western car #400. This car does not have the black stripe under the windows, but does have a roof and end details added. You may know that the last three C&NW business cars I released sold very quickly, so better not delay on this sweetheart. They will be shipping end of October!

See and reserve your Executive Line cars here!

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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. Geary Chase on October 21, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Another great series Lowell. Executive cars roll on every railroad so please keep them coming. Each new release keeps us on the edge of our seats wondering which road is next…

    • Lowell Smith on October 23, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Geary. See you in Springfield!

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

S. S.

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

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!


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…


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.

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…


Nothing better than receiving that white box from Lowell Smith.


These are indeed miniature masterpieces.

K. Lyons

I want to be like you when I grow up!