Barb & Lowell’s next great rail adventure!

The Zephyr rolls through Gore Canyon.

The Zephyr rolls through Gore Canyon.

As you read in a prior blog post, we had an amazing train trip last summer when we chartered California Zephyr cars and headed across the country to attend the 2013 National N Scale Train Convention in Milwaukee WI. The trip was everything we wanted it to be, and as a vote of assuring confidence, many that took that train with us have already asked to come along on Barb & Lowell’s next great rail adventure!

This year we are planning a trip in October to see the fall colors and will be traveling in two California Zephyr (era 1949) classic passenger cars between Emeryville CA and Denver CO, and then by deluxe coach to Durango CO to ride the amazing Durango & Silverton Railway. While in Durango, we will stay at the classic victorian Strater Hotel. Before we leave, we’ll see the museum and get a railroad ‘shop’ tour and then head back to Denver where our train cars await. The next day we’ll depart westbound for our trip back to California. And, while we’re on our Zephyr cars, our own private chef will prepare some of the best meals you can imagine – just ask any of those on our last train trip!

The Zephyr rolls into the sunset.

The Zephyr rolls into the sunset.

I have attached the link for you to see and respond to. With only 24 places to confirm, a waiting list will be built so we will have assurances of going. There is no coach fare, but all first class bedrooms on this train! And, everyone gets a dome seat to enjoy the view. See the Rockies in a way you have never seen them before!

If you are interested, please respond immediately because this train will ‘sell out’ fast. I have already sent a pre-announcement to last year’s travelers and have received many reservations from them. We sure hope you’ll come along. Click here for information on signing up for your Vista Dome Adventure!

A Prime Rib dinner on the California Zephyr.

A Prime Rib dinner on the California Zephyr.

The 2013 westbound passengers!

The 2013 westbound passengers!

Lowell & Barb outside of the Silver Smith.

Lowell & Barb outside of the Silver Smith.

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 They Say:

Jerry E.

Received GN A10 today. Absolutely stunning! I am very pleased. Thank You all.


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

Ray F.

I just wanted you to know my O gauge Hood River Pears car came yesterday in perfect condition. This car is just beautiful I can’t wait for the next one to come out. Keep up the good work.


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…


I really am enjoying what you are producing, Lowell! Thanks for doing it. Jerry

Gordon and Dorothy

I have never been treated as graciously and in a manner more suited to a VIP in my life, as I was on our train trip.  It’s obvious how you’ve made your life a success story.  Looking around the train and seeing your friends I’m pretty sure they  were all made to feel very special by you, and your…


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.


Ferdinand Magellan is great! This really fits your mission of offering significant cars that otherwise wouldn’t be produced.


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

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!!!