Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad
Large Scale Models of DSP&P 2-6-0 Moguls
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.
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
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,
LGB 1:22.6 Scale
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.
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
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”
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
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
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
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.
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
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.