Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad
Trains in Real Life
show complete trains are difficult to take at the best of times.
Back in the 1880's, the trains had to stop and pose for
photographer/s, usually with some extremely interesting scenery
in the background. With some cropping, contrast improvement, and
enlargement, the sense of the actual train comes into view a
Here are a few images that give an impression
of South Park trains in action and the terrain they traveled
through. I have chosen mostly those that portray the 1880 to
1889 era, before the railway changed its name to Denver,
Leadville and Gunnison Railroad. Other pages on this
website show closeups of individual locomotives, passenger cars,
freight cars, and cabooses (waycars). See
for links to these topica.