The Next Big Thing

Lowell & Barb Smith with General ShermanAs I am now preparing to go to the NMRA National Convention here in Portland, I am excited and amazed at what has happened since this great convention was here in 1994. Our club, Columbia River N Scale, was celebrating its 10th anniversary. My shop, The Hobby Smith, was in the basement and I was preparing for the ‘big show’ and for all to come visit.  We had several layouts set up in the basement space so it was a pretty big draw beyond just my shop. It was a great show. This one will be better!

I am excited to have the privilege of giving a clinic on Wednesday with the topic of “making TTTO Operations easy for guests”.  And, if you’re asking, it is Time Table Train Orders, which is the main way railroads were operated before 1975.

I believe that the next few releases may be the most amazing yet!  Can I say that?  Wait until you see the National Park  Series #21 Mural Car!!    I am very, very excited for you to see these next two cars for my Centennial Tour train!  Along with the Great American Circus & Wild West Show release #29, “Overland Stage‘, the most colorful yet!

 Barb and I will  have a booth at the The National Train Show. It is maybe the biggest model train show on the planet (maybe not, but it is really big). Please come by and be ‘wowed’ by a great show and the Lowell Smith Signature Series booth.

New items to be seen will be:

The latest O Scale item, the Carolwood Caboose, The Executive Line Union Pacific cars, the National Park #21 Mural Car and the art for the #22 Theodore Roosevelt observation, art for the Great American Circus and Wild West Show “Overland Stage”, and for the first time ever, there will be images of the latest to join my line the American Fruit Packer Series first two HO cars!

With over 200 special runs since the 1994 convention, you must know that I just love trains!!!

Although this picture has nothing to do with trains, Barb and I were at Sequoia National Park last week and I could not resist sharing this image after I titled this blog post! Our first time at the nations 2nd national park!

Hope to see you in Portland this week!

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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Jeff B.

Keep up setting the bar high and providing a product that exceeds expectations. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest


I really am enjoying what you are producing, Lowell! Thanks for doing it. Jerry Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest


The thing I love about all the things you do is the fact that everything is so well thought out, so beautiful and so unique.   Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest

Rick S.

Every new release from your Signature Series gets me revved up for the rails. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest

Rad J.

Lowell, I am very pleased with the N Scale Ferdinand Magellan Presidential car. As a retired US Secret Service agent I have conducted security advances for the president and his family traveling by train. I have done a lot of research on the Ferdinand Magellan and the model has excellent detail. It will be an…


Thanks, Lowell, for another awesome addition to an already incredible train. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest

Chuck T.

Just a quick note to acknowledge receipt of my AFT Tool Car. Thanks so much for another Outstanding Piece of Craftsmanship! The AFT is my most prized “N” Scale collection. I had perceived that there were delays in getting this last car into our hands, but thought it was a problem with China. Your letter…

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. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest

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

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!!! Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest