The 1947 North Coast Limited on the North Bank Road

My very good friend, Keith Lyons, a great fan and modeler of the Northern Pacific, suggested years ago that the 1947 North Coast Limited had never been done and would be a fine addition to my line-up of special runs.  I looked into it and decided to call this new series the ‘Mainstreeter’ as I knew that someday, I might be working on the North Coast Limited and I did not want to bring confusion. The Mainstreeter Series began around 2014. 

All cars in that series are heavy-weight passenger cars and all have been produced for us by Micro-Trains, but only eleven car releases have been this 1947 ‘Streamliner’ scheme, the rest being in the 1954 Loewy paint.

With the launch of RailSmith, this 1947 NP ’Streamliner’ scheme (railfan’s refer to it as Pine Tree or Butter Knife), was a strong player in decisions to produce both skirted and non-skirted cars for that train.  With the release of the beautiful F-3 and F-5’s last year, we really have followed our desire and plans to ‘Build-a-Train’. For this train, we have six RailSmith streamlined cars produced so far, a diner coming soon, and Lounge, Dorm, and Observation cars will be on-the-way before long. Of interest might be our decision process and the new Plan 4119 Duplex Sleeper.

You may have missed some of our ‘Mainstreeter’ (heavy-weight MTL) cars because Lowell Smith is new to you, but ’no worries’ as more heavy weight cars will be produced because they are essential for this 1947 NCL train.  As the NP expanded by buying the newer streamlined four axel passenger cars, these older standard heavy-weight cars were assigned the secondary trains such as the Mainstreeter. The good news is that it is not too late to get-on-board the NP’s 1947 North Coast Limited.  With more engines, and a diner coming in 2023, it will be a good year to see this train get closer to completion!

Speaking of seeing this train, here she is on one of the most amazing layouts ever at an ‘operating session’ hosted by one of my all-time-best railroad buddies, Rick Ernest, on his North Bank Road.

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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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D.K.

Aside from the quality, creativity and originality, you are to be commended for your ongoing commitment to this (GAC) series, and all of your series of trains over a period of so many years.  There is always something to look forward to. Keep up the great work!’ D. K.

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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…

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.

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!

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.

S. Reames

I received my observation/business car today and – like all of my other cars from you – I love it!

R. M.

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K L

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…

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!

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.