Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad
Large Scale Models of DSP&P Rolling Stock
Scale modeling of the DSP&P is not easy. With minor
exceptions, most ready-to-run (RTR) comercial models are only
moderately correct for the DSP&P in the 1880's. I model in 1:22 to 1:24 scale
and virtually none of the available DSP&P equipment has the
correct body, roof, under-carriage, colours, or lettering. More
disturbing, none of the RTR models shown below are currently in
production and are becoming hard to find on the after-market.
This page illustrates the models that have been produced, with
my comments on their deficiencies.
used the available rolling stock to “represent” the real thing, without worrying
too much about accuracy. I have renumbered, re-roofed, and repainted some
cars, kit-bashed others to represent what the railway could have
used, and live with the time-sliding problem of the DSP&P’s very
short but very eventful life.
The Wood Roof Problem
Tiffany Reefer Patent
Dressing Up Commercial Models
Accucraft's DSP&P Freight Cars
Accucraft's 1:20.3 scale waycar is pretty
Made of heavy brass with steel wheels, it comes
painted in straw yellow as a DSP&P un-numbered waycar or as a
brown, unlettered, generic transfer caboose. No dry transfer
numbers are provided by Accucraft to give the waycar a number –
that would have been a nice touch. I labeled mine as DSP&P #60
to match my 1:1 scale replica waycar / train storage shed.
The Accucraft model generally follows the
dimensions of Charles Brommer’s plans for DSP&P #73 in the
Jan/Feb 1992 "Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette". However, the
window treatment on the model is weak – in the famous photo of
Waycar #72 (with Mason Bogie #42), the lower sash clearly slides
up inside the upper sash. The model does not replicate this
feature as obviously as it could have. The end railings include
a solid panel between each pair of inboard uprights, as on
Brommer’s plan. This ODD feature does not appear on other plans
in my collection. Brake rigging and pedestal details are good
but nothing moves. Doors
but there is no interior
detail. Coupler pockets are designed for link and pin fittings
Hartford Products DSP&P Freight Cars
Accurate DSP&P freight
car models were produced by Hartford
Products in 1:20.3 scale. These were craftsman kits produced in the
1990's. Production may have resumed after a long break in availablity
Ozark Miniaturses website
for availablily. Here are the Hartford photos of
their completed kits. My only complaint about these models is
their extreme scarcity.
Above 5 photos: Hartford Products 1:20.3 scale DSP&P freight cars. These are
designed and accurate craftsman kits.
Delton DSP&P Freight Cars
DSP&P Tiffany Reefers: Delton 1:24 scale "Plain" (available in 2 road numbers
1055 and 1056), and Delton "Fancy Script" version (based
on the Tiffany advertisement in the 1878 Car Builder's
Cyclopedia). Neither has correct
roof or ventilation holes in the end walls. The fancy script version
never ran on the DSP&P. About 1000 of each were produced in the
Bachmann DSP&P Freight Cars
The Bachmann 1:24 scale UP reefer
has the correct road number for the post-1885 era, but wrong roof.
Aristocraft "Delton Classics" DSP&P Freight Cars
Delton Classics from
Aristocraft 1:24 scale. The Tiffany reefer has incorrect roof and no
ventilation holes, the box, flat, and gondola have the wrong road
numbers, the hopper is a Quincy and Torch Lake model and never ran
on the DSP&P, and the DSP&P never had a long caboose. And
DSP&P cars never had logos on their sudes. Oh
well, they are pretty!
USA Trains DSP&P Freight Cars
The USA Trains
1:24 scale reefer
903 has a logo and black paint on the doors that shouldn't be there
and of course the road number and roof are wrong.
They also produced a generic Tiffany car that had the ornate
lettering resembling the standard gauge car (not the DSP&P car).
They also produced a fictitious DSP&P long caboose.
LGB DSP&P Freight Cars
LGB's sole 1:22 scale DSP&P entry had wrong road number, wrong roof, and no ventilator holes. Otherwise a
credible Tiffany reefer. Tens of thousands of LGB's Cooke 2-6-0 DSP&P
Moguls were produced -- why not a full train of freight cars?
Marketing people amaze me sometimes.
Model Die Casting DSP&P Freight Cars
MDC turned out a
1:22+/- scale DSP&P waycar, but no other DSP&P cars. It has a correct road number but
the window arrangement is wrong and it comes with two 4-wheel trucks
instead of a 4-wheel bobber undercarriage.
Customized DSP&P Freight Cars
Some custom lettered
cars purchased from eBay vendors
The Murphy patented "outside" metal roof didn't arrrive until
1905 so no DSP&P car could have carried one until well along in
Converting the poorly rendered Murphy metal roof on the LGB,
Delton, and USA Trains reefers and boxcars to a simulated wood
roof makes a huge difference. The cure is to purchase some well
used Bachman 933xx series boxcars at auction and snap off the
roof - it is simulated wood, and the only one available in
large scale. It needs to be shortened a bit in a miter saw to
replace the Delton and USA Trains roof, and shortened even more
for the LGB cars, then it just snaps into place. Doesn't it look