Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad
Fine Art Gallery:
Memories of the South Park Line
page portrays artwork and memorabilia that displays some aspect of
the South Park Line in glorious colour. Some are
based on black and white photographs with a little artistic
license. Others are less realistic but give an impression of the
1878 to 1889 era.
A number of those illustrated here hang on my walls, as moted in
See my Digital
Art Gallery HERE.
Jull Snow Excavator in April 1890, near Hancock on the DSP&P
mainline to Alpine Tunnel, with four pusher
of the original water colour by
2005. This print, and its twin shown below, take pride of place in my
The other half of the pair
-- Mr. Orange Jull, inventor
of the centrifugal snow excavator, stands at the railing on the
roof of the plow to observe operations.
Gicleč prints from original water colour by
Here is the W.
H. Jackson photo from April 1890 that is the model for Jan Rons'
watercolour shown above.
DSP&P 2-6-0 Mogul
#18 on Freemont Pass by Tucker Smith. The locomotive colours
(red boiler and cow catcher and green cab) are the same as the LGB #18
The cupola on the waycar should not be there.
A small print appears in my office.
by Ted Blaylock (probably not DSP&P,
but still a favorite on my office wall).
DSP&P #1 and #16 at Chalk Cliff, Philip Ronfor
Philip Ronfor shows DSP&P #191 at work. The nicely restored
original locomotive is at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden
Como Roundhouse, Philip Ronfor
DSP&P Mason Bogie #4 "San Juan" with a freight train
Climax, by Gil Bennett
DSP&P #217 and #43 at Palisades (Alpine), Richard Ward
DSP&P #42 at Dead Man Canyon, Philip Ronfor
DSP&P Mason Bogie #24 "Buena Vista" at Baker Tank on
Boreas Pass by Art Olds
DSP&P #51 at
Woodstock, Richard Ward
"Double Header at Hancock", pen and ink by George Foote
DSP&P #63 and #28 "Denver", Pen and Ink by Otto Kuhler
"Water Stop at Hancock" Pen and Ink by Otto Kuhler
DSP&P #54, "Meet
at Little Mountain Spur", Philip Ronfor
DSP&P Mason Bogie #44 "Along the Ten Mile" on the High Line to
DSP&P #63 at Platte Canyon, Richard Ward
DSP&P Triple Heaser Cattle Train
- "The Roundup" by Otto Kuhler
DSP&P Consolidations #63 and #67 at Rocky Point in
DSP&P Freight Train,
DSP&P #58 "Night Train to Gunnison" (at Alpine), Philip Ronfor
DSP&P #13 "Ruby", pen
and ink by Stephen Moertker
Mason Bogie, by Philip Ronfor
Reproductions of the Breckenridge engraving have been published to
decorate office and home. This print shows some nice detail.
Click to view large image of the
A series of art prints in "The American Eye of Evelyn Curro"
appeared in 1972 and
included this rendering of DSP&P #15 in red
with russia Iron boiler. Its bright red colour scheme was probably not
authentic, but made for dramatic art. This image may have been the inspiration for the
1983 Delton colour scheme shown below,
although, sadly, they didn't keep the russia iron colour on the boiler.
Delton's DSP&P #15
2-6-6T "Breckenridge" in the burgandy and red paint
scheme, showing the many individual decals representing the
PARK LINE MEMORABILIA
Souvenirs that commemorate a little known railway that died more
than 125 years ago are pretty rare but they do exist and come in
The images here show items in my personal collection.
Some are very finely crafted, some a little less so, hut nobe
are truly ugly or crude.
Scroll down to see what I have found.
Granada postage stamp featured DSP&P Mason Bogie #15 "Breckemridge",
Artist unknown, shown about 5 times original size.
Haro style sqitch stand:
One-sixth scale model has 3 slots on the top edge of the
harp to position the lever arm, which is locked in place with a
key placed in the slot. Created by Ralph's Railroad, Denver CO.==>
Alpine Tunnel Commemorative Belt Buckle
McVicar 1977, #38 of 1000
A 1947 Calendar with the "San Juan" builder's photo of 1879
Here's a wonderful piece of wall-art produced in the 1970's. It
consists of a brass-coloured plaque with DSP&P Cooke Mogul #111
(#69 before 1885) and a beautiful arch-windowed coach,
possibly DSP&P #57, 58, or 59 (#7, 9, 10 before 1885). This is
mounted on a mahogany base, along with a complete weather
station consisting of French-made thermometer, barometer, and
humidity meter., all still in working order.
Created by Highline West, mid 1970's.
A commemorative postal cover postmarked 25 Aug 1983 at Gunnison CO
with South Park logo, issued by Ferro-Phile, depicting a DSP&P passenger train
on a trestle, limited edition #357 of 500 signed on reverse by the
artist. Stamps include a 3 cent of 1950 honouring railroad
engineers, a 13 cent honouring Crazy Horse, and a 4 cent
illustrating a stage coach of the 1890's, both issued in 1982.
Passenger train at Alpine Tunnel,
C&S logo Double
headed freight train ,
limited edition #316 of 500 limited
edition #304 of 500
Unused cover 25th Annual Rocky Mountain Philatelic Exposiion (ROMPEX),
commemorating 100th anniversary of Denver South Park and Pacific Railroad
Postcard: DSP&P #15 "Breckenridge", no date or publisheer noted
Postcard: Passenger train on Alpine Pass. On reverse: "Kindig
Collection", no date.
Postcard: Snow shovellers on Alpine Pass near Woodstock CO 1880. On reverse: "Kindig
Collection", no date.
Postcard: "Action at Rolling Stone Curve" (Platte Canyon),
no date or publisheer noted on reverse.