Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad
DSP&P Refrigerator Cars:
History, Photos, Plans
DSP&P owned 27 refrigerator cars.
They arrived in three batches, one of 7 cars and another of 5
cars in 1880, and 15 cars in 1883. The first 12 were 26 foot
cars, the last 15 were 27 foot cars. The 1880 cars were built
from parts by the DSP Shops in Denver. The newer cars came from
St Charles Car company of St Charles MO. All were built
according to the
Tiffany refrigerator car patent.
The main distinguishing feature of the patent cars is the
exterior air vent on each end of the car and the lack of ice
hatches on the roof of these narrow gauge cars.
DSP&P RR REFRIGERATOR CARS 1874 -
DSP&P had 27 refrigerator cars built to a narrow gauge version
of the Tiffany Patent "Summer and Winter" design. The first
group of cars were 26 feet long, numbered 505 -- 511 and 555 --
559, and were built by DSP&P shops in 1880. The second batch arrived
from St Charles Car Company in 1883
and were 27 feet long, numbered 1050 -- 1064. The two groups
became numbers 24000 -- 24011 and 24012 -- 24026 during the UP
renumbering in 1885. Ten 26 footers made it to the C&S roster as
C&S #574 to 583. All 15 of the 27 footers became C&S #585 to 599. in 1908, two
26' cars and three 27' cars were renumbered to C&S #1126 to 1130 and
survived to about 1923; the others were no longer on the service
Most people are
convinced that DSP&P Tiffany Reefers did not have roof hatches
for ice, like the standard gauge cars, due to the lack of headroom in a narrow gauge car.
There is no evidence for roof-top icing platforms on the DSP&P,
although icing "facilities" were available at Denver, Golden,
and Como, so the
general consensus is that ice was hauled in through the main
doors and placed in bunkers at both ends of the car, before
cargo was loaded.
Poole's drawings of DSP&P reefers #508 and #1058 showing vent
location in end walls and an interpretation of the sidewall air
ducts passing through the car doors.
Some of the author's kitbashed Tiffany refrigerator cars
DSP&P #506, one of 8 kitbashed Tiffany patent refrigerator cars
on the author's outdoor garden railway. Note wood roof, ladders,
and black painted hardware (instead of Murphy metal roof and
grab irons). Not shown is the ventilation hole
on the car ends.
DSP&P #70 with boxcar and Tiffany reefer
A DSP&P 27 foot reefer at the front of four boxcars and a waycar
DSP&P Tiffany reefer with two flat cars and red waycar. Note air
vent at top left of the reefer's end wall.
Hartford Products craftsman kit for DSP&P Tiffany Reefer
image by Bill Gould.
for many more images, exact-scale plans, and fine art prints for
by John Maxwell
DSP&P 26 Foot Refrigerator Cars 505 to 511 and 555 to 559
DSP&P 27 Foot Refrigerator Cars 1050 to 1064
by Ron Rudnick
26 foot Tiffany Reefers
505 -- 511 and 555 -- 559 1880
27 foot Tiffany Reefers
1050 -- 1064 1883
/ DL&G 26 foot Tiffany Reefers
24011 After 1885
/ DL&G 27 foot Tiffany Reefers
24012 After 1885
26 Foot Reefer #506
27 Foot Tiffany Patent Reefer #1063 and 26 Foot Reefer #509
27 Foot Tiffany Patent Reefer #1059