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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
Railway Pages Index.

DSP&P 2-6-0 #1 "Fairplay" , drawing by Phil Ronfor                   DSP&P 4-4-0 #2 "Platte Canyon" built in 1874

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

For more photos and plans, see:  • Mason 2-6-6T   • Mason 2-8-6T   • D&B 2-6-0 / 4-4-0   Brooks 2-6-0
 • Cooke 2-6-0      • Cooke 2-8-0     • Baldwin 2-8-0

DSP&P ore Locomotives IN COLOUR
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), an 1880 Baldwin 2-8-0 Consolidation, with boxcar #588 sometime after 1885.
This locomotive is now at Colorado Railway Museum, cosmetically restored.

Passenger Cars

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

DSP&P baggage car #40, 41, or 45 in the early 1880's, showing positions of side windows and center door.

South Park coach-baggage car #1 at Buffalo Creek Station, probably during the latter half of 1878, with one of the brand-new Barney & Smith coaches.

For more photos and plans, see:   • Baggage    • Bag/RPO    • Combine    • Coach   • Pullman    •  Official

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 the 1880's.

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



















DSP&P #1437, the prototype for the Cimmaron model (above), circa 1884.

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





Source unknown.

Andrew Dodge was a great DSP&P modeler. Here are a few of his very fine scratch built On3 cars.
See his railway story HERE.


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

DSP&P Freight Cars went thru many re-letterings and re-numberings between 1879 and 1899, before they
became C&S property. These are HO models.

For more photos and plans, see:   • Flat    Coal   • Box   Refrigerator    • Cattle   • Waycar