RailSmith Plans: Chapter 2

RailSmith Models – ‘More of the Story’

Since the National N Scale Convention in Salt Lake City, we have had many people complete the short (updated) survey on the web site, and we have had lots of encouragement and suggestions. With your opinions shared, we realize that we need to tell more about the plans for this exciting new line of passenger trains.

Even though you have very specific ‘likes’ for trains you want, so does everybody else and that should be the obvious reason we cannot put all of our eggs in one basket to focus on one train at a time. To be able to produce new cars never-before-done body styles, we first need to recoup our initial investment costs. Several manufacturers today, use the strategy of  ‘direct sales’. Doing that allows us to reinvest faster, in order to create these new body styles, and new body styles are what we need to ‘build-a-train’.

Run Quantity

It is very important for our customers to understand that these RailSmith cars are of limited production, or ‘limited quantity’. This is not done to create scarcity, but rather to sell through the runs quickly so we can reinvest in more. That ‘more’ is what gets us to producing new cars that we all really want and look forward to. You can see about the new body styles in prior blog or website posts/descriptions.

Run quantities for RailSmith Models are planned to be similar to what I am doing with Lowell Smith Signature Series. That should be your true call to action.

Pricing

Folks in todays market may expect to receive a discount, or to get a better ‘value’.  That said, we have decided to show a MSRP price and ‘your price’. This is the same way that companies like ’Scale Trains’ has successfully done.  New decorations (never before done) cost more as there are first time costs incurred just as there will be more costs with newly-tooled models, so pricing will fluctuate accordingly.

Second Shipment

As soon as samples arrive we will show then off. The second release is already underway. Planned for January delivery will be some great cars for The Texas Special, The Florida Special and more.

Fans of Norfolk Southern’s Office Car Special will be delighted to see coaches on that web link as well.

We plan to post another survey so please watch for that on the RailSmith page. We appreciate you taking time to share your ideas.

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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:

D.

“You have no idea how excited I am about these cars . . .”

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!

R. LeBrun

Thank you for all that you do for the N Scale community. Your products by far, in my opinion, are the top of the line when it comes to N Scale Trains and I am always on the lookout for them when they come up for auction.

J D

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

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!!!

Anonymous

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…

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.

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…

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…

R.M.

These are indeed miniature masterpieces.