Stock Remaining

I love the fall!  Actually, I love every change of season and in Portland we get each season to enjoy.  Train season, of course, is my favorite!

afp-21-rainierIt is here!   Once-a-year I release an American Fruit Packers car and this year is the 21st car and represents the 21st year of this series.  Wow, time flies!  The car came out amazing and I’m betting you’ll agree.  With this release comes the announcement of next year’s car, and you can go to the website to see it.

I am often asked if I have any (you name it) left.  The urgency of making a purchase decision is very hard to state.  In an ideal situation, a release of any series is almost completely sold out within four weeks of the release date.  But, it is actually hard to predict.  Take the American Freedom Train for example – after four years of production and only a few ‘sold outs’, all of a sudden the rush was on and there are almost none left except for current cars!

The Executive Line’s Union Pacific is a great case in point.  All are sold except ONE of Houston and TWO of Pocatello.  And, I have had only those three UP cars, for about six months!  What you see is ‘in stock’ but really are only two purchases away from ‘SOLD OUT’.  It was the same with the Walt Disney Lilly Belle.  A year ago they were selling like crazy until somewhere around February. Then with only a dozen to sell and sales slowed to just a few all year and now there are only 8 pieces left.

This summer I have spent time moving boxes in my shop and have found a few items that you’d probably be interested in.  I’ve listed a couple of pieces, on the website, that have been sold out for years.  I could make it a treasure hunt, but just go to where you see the elephants!  Then in a few weeks, I will plan to list some in a different series and so forth.

All cars you’ll be delighted with I’m sure!

Until then…

Thanks, and enjoy your fall ‘train season’!


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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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.

Jeff B.

Keep up setting the bar high and providing a product that exceeds expectations.

K. Lyons

I want to be like you when I grow up!


Lowell, I received my Great Locomotive Chase set today. “THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL.” Keep up the good work.


“You have received many compliments when I have run my RailSmith cars with my friends.”


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.


My kids absolutely love the Christmas cars! The C.K. Holiday, along with the Carolwood and Disney cars makes a wonderful Christmas train. It made many a loop under our tree this year.


Nothing better than receiving that white box from Lowell Smith.

R. K.

You are in my book one of the very best.

Bill S.

That car is about the greatest thing I’ve ever seen in N scale!  Excellent work!