Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad
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
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
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
<== Cooke Mogul DSP&P #71
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
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
More photos of
DSP&P ran 5 Pullman sleepers that may have looked a lot like
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
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
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
DSP&P Trains in Real
Life, circa 1880's