South Park and Pacific Railroad
DSP&P Virtual Rsilroading with
Running trains on a computer has a long history of evolution and
improvent in operational capability and realisn. You can obtain a
complete railroad subdivision for a modest fee or build your own
mythical empire on your PC. You can also design a model railroad
based on famous layouts, such ss my heros John Allen and Malcolm
Furlow, or test run your own design alternatives that will fit your
Tom Steadman (email@example.com)
sent me a note that prompted this article, and included a few images
to illustrate possibilities. He is well along in building his
virtual model railway based on Andrew Dodge's well known DSP&P
layout. Andrew's exquisite modeling work was described in the
Jul/Aug 2019 issue of Narrow Gauge and
Shortline Gazette. An earlier article in a
2003 issue of Finescale Railroader
has some excellent photos of the layout.
layout was created by downloading the
orginal plan from the internet and using a program called Basemapz
to create the number of flat baseboards required for the plan. Some
adjustment is required for the plan to work in Trainz. It's up to
the user to lay the track, change the levels, and create the
mountains, lakes, rivers, and floor levels with the tools in the
program. There is a group of assets like walls, doors, floors,
valance, celing, and other objects to complete the layout room.
Screenshot of Deansbury CO
area on Tom's virtual model railway. Click image for larger version
- you might see the DSP&P bogie, flat car, and boxcar towad the top
Rolling stock and buildings for an 1880's DSP&P railway are numerous
The old DSP&P 4-4-0 #2 and Mason bogies DSP&P #8 are by Trainboi1,
but these may only work in older versions of Trainz, Other DSP&P locos (191
are by Togog, with bogies (4,
6, 15, 28, 42, 44)
by Robinhoods. All
these have been updated for use in the later versions of Traimz.
Screenshot of Tom's locomotives for his DSP&P virtual model railway.
Click image for larger version.
Togog also made some rollingstock -- 2 waycars #64 (brown)
and #76 (yellow), 2 reefers #508 and #509, both white with Tiffany
lettering, flatcar #186, and boxcar #618. Trainboi1 also made
waycar #64 in yellow.
Elvenor made the harp point levers in 4 types to suit Trainz.
Como roundhouse comes in 3 versions -- 5 stall stone, 14 stalls
after wood stalls added, and finally 9 stalls after 5 wood stalls
were removed, by Bendorsey. Colorado71 has made lots of
building for the area. Textures for ground cover are by Dmdrake