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Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad
Rolling Stock
Most of the photos on this page are of maodels that beautifully represent the actual locomotives and rolling stock of the early DSP&P. A few photos show the real thing in black and white. More photos can be found on other pages on this website -- see
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The first DSP&P locomotive was a Dawson and Bailey 2-6-0 built in 1874, named Fairplay. The second was a D&B 4-4-0 named Platte Canyon. Five boxcars, five coal cars, thirty flat cars, one baggage and one passenger car were built in 1874 by Hallack and Brothers in Denver. These were used mostly for construction.

Not much equipment was acquired during the slow period between 1874 and 1878. Then new money and the prospect of profits from shipping silver ore brought 14 2-6-6T Mason Bogie locomotives in 1878. These were numbered 3 through 16, and had names assigned that disappeared in later years. Nine passenger cars from Barney and Smith (6 built by DSP&P at Denver) arrived in 1878 and early 1879. (Left and below: Accucraft 1:20 scale Mason Bogies DSP&P #4 and #6)


Three second hand D&B 2-6-0 Moguls, numbered 17, 18, and 19, built in 1875 arrived in 1879, followed by 5 more 2-6-6T’s, numbered 20 - 24, and four 2-8-6T’s in 1880, numbered 25 - 28.

Twenty seven more passenger cars (including baggage, mail, and conbines) and six Pullman sleepers arrived between 1879 and 1884.  Several hundred freight cars, mostly 26 to 27 foot, 10 to 14 ton capacity, were delivered between 1880 and 1884. Some 1883 and 1884 cars had a
capacity of 20 tons.

During 1883 and 1884, a large group of Brooks and Cooke 2-6-0 Moguls and 2-8-0 Consolidations joined the fleet, bringing the locomotive roster to 74 at the time of the UP renumbering in 1885. Many of these survived to become C&S locomotives, but none of the Mason Bogies lasted past 1899.

<== Cooke Mogul DSP&P #71


More Locomotives
Photos below are scale models from published sources to illustrate the DSP&P rolling stock in colour, since no genuine colour photos exist from that era.

 
 Berlyn Locomotive Works Sn3 DSP&P Mason Bogie #8 "Lake City", later DSP&P #44

 
 Berlyn Locomotive Works Sn3 DSP&P Mason Bogies #6 "Tenmile", later DSP&P # 42   


Pacific Fast Mail HOn3 DSP&P Mason Bogie #15 "Breckenridge"


Accucraft DSP&P #51 at 1:20 scale


DSP&P #191 (ex #51), a 1880 Baldwin 2-8-0 Consolidation, with boxcar #588 sometime after 1885.
This locomotive is noe at Colorado Railway Museum, cosmetically restored.

More photos of Locomotives

Passenger Cars


DSP&P ran 5 Pullman sleepers that may have looked a lot like this one

Freight Cars
The following photos of models are intended to show the appearance of DSP&P freight equipment. Baased on detailed research by the builders, these are probably the best photos of DSP&P rollong stock as it appeared in 1880's.

Cimarron Car Works Sn3 DSP&P Freight Cars c.1893
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Below, Hartford Products photos of their DSP&P kits (back in production 2014).






Above 5 photos: Hartford Products 1:20.3 scale DSP&P freight cars. These are beautifully
designed and accurate craftsman kits.


Two of Ron Rudnick's beautiful HOn3 models


A 1:20.3 model of a 31 foot DSP&P charcoal car by Peter Bunce


Peter's model of a conventional DSP&P boxcar


Comparative size of the charcoal boxcar and the normal car.


Below are three 3-D computer renderings by Bill Gould (not photographs).


 

 

 

 


Here are some B&W images of models to show changes in lettering styles.

 
DSP&P Freight Cars went thru many re-letterings and re-numberings between 1879 and 1899, before they became C&S property. The changes made after 1889 by the DL&G and later the C&S are not included in the rosters shown below.
 

DSP&P Trains in Real Life, circa 1880's
 

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