Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad

Large Scale Models of DSP&P 2-6-0 Moguls

Large Scale modeling of the DSP&P is not easy and ready-to-run, properly proportioned and decorated locomotives are rare in any scale. Fortunately, the locomotives that have been available over the years can "pass" if you don't look too closely for some specific "South Park" details.

This page covers the 1:22 scale LGB Mogul locomotives that ran on my outdoor railway, with some comments on their peculiarities. A brief comment on the Echo "toy train" version of a large scale DSP&P 2-6-0 is appended at the end of the page.

DSP&P owned three series of 2-6-0 Mogul locomotives. The first were built in 1875 by Dawson and Bailey, numbers 17, 18, and 19. The secomd set were numnered 29 through 38, built in 1882 by Brooks. The final group were built by Cooke in 1884, numbered 39, 40, and 69 through 74.



DSP&P Brooks Mogul #35 "Dillon"

The left side of "Dillon"

Photo of DSP&P Cooke Mogul #69 - note fancy scroll work on the domes

Builder's Photo DSP&P Cooke Mogul #71

CAD drawings of DSP&P 2-6-0 Mogul #71 from "Model Railroader" Dec 1998. This plan shows two air tanks on the rear deck of the tender - one large, one smaller.


The LGB 1:22.6 Scale DSP&P Moguls
LGB produced its first 1:22.6 “G” scale model of a 2-6-0 Mogul in 1985. It was inspired by DSP&P steam locomotives of 100 years earlier and was a reasonable replica of the Cooke Locomotive Works 2-6-0’s delivered to DSP&P in 1884. Unfortunately, the model arrived molded in garish red and green plastic and lettered as DSP&P #18 (LGB2018D). DSP&P #18 was a Mogul but one built by Dawson and Bailey, not Cooke, The model had ornate domes, brass handrails, the famous Nesmith smoke stack (with no rivet detail), and a wood load in the tender, even though these locomotives never burned wood. The big air tank on the rear deck of the tender was also missing, although a small tank was present. Oh well, it was the first affordable large scale locomotive with a US profile, and we all had to make do with what we could find.

The cover of the 1986 "Toys and Model Trains" magazine (precursor
 to "Classic Toy Trains") showed the first LGB 2-6-0 Mogul


LGB's 2-6-0 Mogul dressed as DSP&P #18 with non-prototypical colours. DSP&P 17 - 19 were Dawson & Bailey-built in 1875. These early D&B Moguls may have used wood or coal, so the wood load in the tender is plausible. The 2006 LGB version, DSP&P #20, looks identical but had built-in sound and DCC.

After this, LGB produced many versions of Moguls, labeled for different US railroads, sometimes with non-prototypical colours and numbering. Over the years, 6 of the 7 modernized C&S Cooke Moguls have been represented as they appeared in the early 1900’s (C&S #6 through 10), with simulated steel cabs, smooth domes, straight stacks, some with bear trap spark arrestors or snowplows, and coal loads in the tenders. An ornate old-time version was produced for C&S #5, and it is very attractive.

The Oct 1986 "Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette" carried an article by Glenn Joesten showed a repaint and detailing of the original DSP&P #18 into DSP&P #71, with appropriate colours on the cab, boiler, and tender. In 1988, LGB discontinued #18, replacing it with #71 (LGB2028D) with a paint job similar to Glenn’s. They didn’t add the missing air tank on the rear tender deck though.

The level of detail on all LGB Moguls is moderate compared to the brass models discussed elsewhere on this website. The model bears a strong resemblance to the builder’s photo of #71, but I can’t vouch for accuracy of the dimensions. The finish is good but a little weathering will help subdue the plastic look. This engine is a good prospect for a super-detailing project.

The original LGB Mogul locomotive was not “sound-ready”. It is relatively easy to add basic LGB-style sound sensors or full DCC and an American steam sound module in the tender. Some more recent Moguls come with factory sound, including the C&S #5 and DSP&P #20. At the moment, only aftermarket models of DSP&P versions of the LGB 2-6-0 Moguls are available, as there are none in the current LGB catalogue.

VITAL STATISTICS: LGB DSP&P 2-6-0 Moguls #18 and #71, 1:22.6 “G” Scale
Retail price: then $350, now $450 to $950    Number built as DSP&P: ? (10000 in 1988)
Model numbers: LGB 2018D (#18), LGB 2028D (#71) plus 7 C&S versions
Weight: 8 pounds            Size: 26.5” long by 4.2” wide by 7.5” high
Minimum radius: 2 feet    Power: 0 to 16 volt DC motor

LGB's 2-6-0 Mogul dressed as DSP&P #71, with reasonably correct colours. DSP&P 69 - 74 were Cooke-built in 1884. DSP&P Cooke Moguls always used coal so the wood load in #71 is incorrect. Numerous details could be added based on the builder's photo and recorded DSP&P practice.

LGB also turned out a Congdon-stacked C&S Mogul #5 (DSP&P #40/110) with a nice paint job and logo on the cab sides, representing a possible "turn of the century" version. The cab is a simulated rivited steel design compared to the simulated painted wood on the DSP&P models. It had a nice built-in sound system. Several other more modern C&S Moguls were produced with the classic black and silver paint schemes, one with a snow plow pilot, others with bear-trap spark arrester, and some plain-jane straight-stack versions.

DSP&P 17, 18, 19, and 71 as they appeared on the author's outdoor railway. #18 and 71 are pretty much as delivered by LGB. #19 is the D&RG version with a DSP&P tender. #17 has a #71 boiler and a #18 cab, renumbered.

The ECHO 1:22.6 Scale DSP&P Mogul
This model was produced in the early 1990's and was intended as a toy. it could run on LGB or other brands of #1 gauge track or on the plastic track supplied with the set. It ran on 4 C-cells in the tender and could just barely pull the tender and two cars included. The slightest grade would stall it. I owned one briefly to see what could be done with it, but gave it away as a kid's push toy. These sets show up periodically on eBay.

Image of Echo's DSP&P toy train set from the packaging lid. The freight cars never matched the locomotive road name. The set included plastic track and a trestle, although the train could not climb the slightest grade.

Left side of Echo 2-6-0 Mogul. Drivers and connecting rods are plastic, as are all other parts. Note motor cooling slots in lower part of the boiler shell.

Right side of Echo 2-6-0 Mogul.

The incuded rolling stock was a 4-wheel gondola labeled South Pacific and a 4-wheel bobber caboose with cupola, labeled for ATSF. These may have varied from time to time.