And now for something completely different…

Words can’t explain how excited I am about this!

A few years ago, I decided it would be fun to do something completely different by ‘testing the waters’ in a larger scale.  It took some time to decide which company to use, as I was concerned for the quality of the finished product.  Never seeing the type of cars I do in the larger scale, and hearing horror stories about the four-color printing process, made me nervous.

Last year I pulled the trigger with Atlas Model Railroad Company, because they had two things that were important to me (1) quality and respected body style, and (2) integrity in the company.  Having worked with them in the past on many N scale projects, including some of my items for the Walt Disney Company, I knew they could be trusted to come through with a great product.  Nothing could prepare me, however, for the day that the first test sample arrived!  It was incredible and a real eye opener, to see my N scale Cascadian Apple car blown up to O scale!  The four-color Cascadian label contrasts so nicely on the orange reefer. I think it really came out great and I hope you do, as well!

I’m thinking this car will be of interest to my N scale friends since they’ll be able to see the detail in a different way but we’ll see how that goes. I also know that there are people out there that don’t collect or operate trains, but will want this O scale train to set up at Christmas time, and they’ll have an opportunity to enjoy this new line from Lowell Smith Signature Series!

You can check out the product details page 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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What They Say:

Linda and Pete B.

Just wanted to thank you again for the opportunity to be with you and the many other happy folks who experienced the Feather River Canyon trip.  I know you put a lot of work into making this special trip a reality and it all came together extremely well!

K. Lyons

Thank you for everything you’ve done and everything you do for the modeling community. I can honestly say that my enjoyment of the hobby has benefited greatly because of you.


“You seem to be the shining light in an industry that’s seen a lot of change since the early 2000’s when I was last in the hobby”.

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!

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.

J. Echlin

Many thanks for your superb offerings and beautiful 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.


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

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…


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