Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad
Passenger Cars In Colour
The following photos of DSP&P models are intended to show
the appearance of DSP&P passenger equipment in the 1875 - 1885 era
- the period before the Union Pacific takeover. Baased on detailed
research by the builders, these are probably the best photos of DSP&P
rolllng stock available today.
The generic Mantua HO scale and LGB G scale cars lettered for
DSP&P are not shown on this page as they are not accurate enough
to be used as modeling guides. There is no shortage of passenger
equipment models in all scales for D&RGW, but none of them
represent those on the DSP&P.
Deerfield River Laser Models On3 Quik-Kits
These are the most innovative passenger car kits to appear in a
long time and the only accurate DSP&P passenger cars produced in
any scale. The laser cut sides and ends are applied to Bachmann
On30 passenger car underframes and roofs. A little kit bashing
is needed for the longer cars, using four roof/underframe sets
to make three cars. Some car lengths are a little off (not more
than 3 feet) but this is a small trade-off for some fabulous
These cars sides are the first ever with panels instead of
tongue and groove siding, as delivered to the DSP&P in the 1874
-1878 era. Even the plaque for the car name is included in the
laser cut sidewalls.
DSP&P 1 "Auraria"
1874 Combine 31 foot body
DSP&P 2 "Denver" 1874 Coach 31 foot body
DSP&P 3 and 5 "Geneva" and "Leadville" 1878 Coach 40 foot body
DSP&P 4 "Hall's Valley" Coach 1878 40 foot body
DSP&P Pullman "South Park" "Leadville" "Bonanza" "San Juan" 1879
40 foot body
DSP&P 051 Paycar 1880 31 foot body
DSP&P 40, 41, and 45 Baggage 1878 31 foot body
DSP&P Colour Images
DSP&P passenger car, beautiful model but source unnown
Here's what the LGB
cars look like on my outdoor railway, after painting the roofs
black. The Delton Mason Bogie on the lower level track looks more
natural in daylight, too. It's the glare from the sun on the black
car roofs that makes them look silver, on models as well as the
originals in the old black and white photos, so don't paint the roof
silver - nature will do it for you.
The LGB model of the single door baggage car is a close match to DSP&P
#42. Note the new roof colour and the new road number.
My LGB coaches
have been renumbered to represent DSP&P # 16, 17, and 24, built
originally by Bowers Dure for the AT&SD in 1879. The prototype had
13 narrow indows instead of the 10 wide spaces on the model.
My LGB coombines have been renumbered to represent DSP&P # 23 and 25,
built originally by Bowers Dure for the AT&SD in 1879. These
models are also a little short and need more and narrower windows.
Custom DSP&P Passenger Cars
Delton dressed a set of
passenger cars in DSP&P livery for advertising purposes but the set was never
produced for sale.
Depot G Hobbies offered a
four car DSP&P passemger train set with a 2-8-0 locomotive (DSP&P
#65) in 1989-90.
Unfortunately, none were produced for sale and this colour sample
was probably the only one to see the light of day. The garish red
loco and refrigerator car (#1070) may have played a role in low
interest, although the passenger cars looked like real winners. This
photo is from the Depot G advertisement in Garden Railways magazine.
The photos of the paint samples from Lenny Sloboda's book on DLW
history show a little better detail. Note the car numbers in the round "blot" on
the coach (#9) and combine (#6) -- both valid pre-1885 numbers. The
baggage-mail car is numbered 1301, a post-1885 number for car #43.
The Delton passenger cars are now made by Hartland Locomotive Works. The long RPO, combine, and coach in maroon can be relettered for DSP&P --
these may be in short supply. Good decals were offered on eBay
but not seen recently. These cars are longer than the LGB passenger
cars so they look a little better.
Bachmann Jackson and Sharp cars are also decent models, and their
maroon colour matches the Hartland colour very well. Window
arrangements are still wrong for most DSP&P cars but they are a
little longer than the LGB versions, so they look pretty nice.
I purchased the above
3 cars from an eBay vendor. They are Bachmann kits painted and
lettered for DSP&P. The three photos represent 1878 Barney and Smith
combine #4 "Hall's Valley, coach #5 "Leadville", and Pullman-built
parlour car "South Park". As for the LGB cars, they are a bit short
and shy a few windows.
Some people have managed to improve the stock available. Bob Baxter
did a beautiful job of adding arch windows and reasonable lettering
to a Bachmann passenger car. Some very early photos suggest that the
roofs of passenger caes might have been painted with white lead, so
the white roof on this model is probably correct. Later photos
suggest sunshine on a black roof, which looks like light grey, not
white and definitely not silver or alumunum colour.