Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad
Maintenance of Way Equipment In Colour
There is not much in the
way of commercial MOW equipment on the market, so most is
scratchbuilt or kitbashed. Below are sone examples.
SOme scratchbuilt Models
The beautiful On3
examples shown below were built by Dan Windolf based on folio
drawings and photos. Note the
level of detail and innovative construction techniques.
See the stories, with full-size images, in the
May/Jun 2018 through Jan/Feb 2019 issues of Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette.
/ DL&G FLANGER 08 (C&S 015)
ROTARY 011 / 064 (C&S 92000)
WRECKER 0103 (C&S 099)
maintenance of way equipment
My MOW equipment is
based on kitbashed representatioons of "what could have been" on
the DSP&P in the 1880's. Some bear a slight resemblence to folio
drawings; most are products of the Chief Engineer's imagination.
Colours and road numbers are definately not realistic.
My snow train consists of Rotary O2 and tender, water tanker W69,
coal car O174, kitchen car O185, bunk car O183, and a well worn waycar
Wedge plow O3 and steam shovel O4 are also available for snow
DSP&P Consolidation #64 pushes Rotary O2 enroute to Climax
The original USA Trains rotary was freelanced into DSP&P
To improve visibility, a cupola has been added. A
roof and backhead were added at the rear using Hartland parts, as
were a bell and whistle on the roof.
Side curatins are still at the laundry.
The tender is from an LGB Mogul
with sound added.
The complete snow
train: caboose, bunk / tool car, kitchen car, coal car, water car,
2-8-0 Consolidation #64, plow tender, rotary plow.
Wedge plow O3 sitting in the yard during a summer respite. It was kitbashed from an
Aristocraft plow, shortened by 3 inches, with a Hartland headlamp
added to backdate the original modern headlight.
Headshot of DSP&P wedge plow O3 showing rusting plow blade before it
gets scoured clean and shiny by the icy snow next winter.
DSP&P 2-6-0 Mogul #17 is shown here in the reflected light of the
engine house, with its pilot-mounted snow plow, ready for its
early morning run to Glacier and Leaverite.
When the snow and rock falls from avalanches are too dangerous for
the rotary plow, Steam Shovel O4 can be brought forward to clear the
line. The enclosed cab is a real comfort to the crew in the minus 40
temperatures of the North. This is kitbashed from an LGB flatcar and
a JS Woodcrafts steam shovel with the track assembly removed.
Snow train auxillary cars: Coal car O174 and Water car W69.
Snow train auxillary cars: Bunk/Tool Car O183 and Kitchen car O185
Snow train auxillary cars: Work Caboose O187 and well-worn spare
Starting with steam shovel parts and some Ozark Miniatures
a wrecking crane appears, loosely following a DSP&P folio drawing.
The wrecking crane tender/boom car includes lots of tools, parts,
rope, chains, junk, and a guard goat.
The pile driver uses the same steam hoist with a
free lanced mast holding
the pile driver's hammer.
car was backdated by shortening the flat car
and adding a truss rod underframe.
The USA Trains rail and tie car
was also shortned and loaded
with .... rails and ties.
shortened, the work caboose has tools and
The truck and wheel cars are less interesting
but are an essential part of any
Outfit cars just need to look used and dirty.The railroad name
since worn off. These are the bunk and kitchen
cars for both the work and snow trains, and have
been modified to include the simulated wood roof
of the era.