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DSP&P Baggage Mail Express Cars #42, 43, and 44

DSP&P baggage-mail-express car #42, built by DSP&P in 1879, originally had a single baggage door, centered on the car, end platforms, and probably with the broken duckbill contour similar to other cars built b

y the South Park’s Denver Shops. Similar to baggage cars #40 and #41, it probably had four windows, two on each side of the baggage door. One window location was modified to create a mail door similar to the center door of the baggage cars. In later years, under C&S ownership, windows were sheathed over, and later still the end platforms were removed.

Pullman-built baggage-mail-express cars #43 and #44, much more “modern” looking than #42, arrived in early 1880. Where #42 had a single door on each side with four windows, #43 and #44 had one door and a window on each side for mail and a separate door for baggage. Even though all three cars were “mail” cars, it is unlikely mail was sorted on these cars initially, as it would be two years before the South Park had a Railway Post Office contract.

These cars had end platforms and roof profile was Pullman’s typical bullnose type. The sheathing of the car appears to be the typical millwork of later times, rather than any kind of Pullman's esoteric paneling.

MidContinent Museum DSP&P Passenger Car Pages

DSP&P U.P. 1885 DL&G 1889 C&S 1899 C&S 1906
#42 #1300 #1300 #113/#105 Baggage #4
#43 #1301 #1301 #114 Baggage Mail #13
#44 #1302 #1302 #115 Burned Feb 1906






Car Type Baggage-Mail-Express
Build Date                    June 1880                Oct 1879
Built by Pullmans Palace Car Co.      DSP&P Shop
Length Over End Sills                     42'-0"                40' 0"
Length Over Buffers 44'-5" (1916) Gone 47' 4"
Truck Centers 30'-4" (1916) Gone 29' 10"
Truck Wheelbase 5'-0" (1916) Gone 5' 0"
Width est. 8'-0" (1916) Gone 8' 0"
Height of Body 9'-4" (1916) Gone 9' 2"
Body Above Rails 34" (1916) Gone 34"
Clear Opening of Doors 3'-5 ˝" x 5'-6" (1916) Gone 3' 4"x5' 6"
Weight 13 tons (1912)
42,000 lbs. (1916)
Gone 16 tons
Wheel Size 30" (1885)
26" (1916)
Gone 24"
Heating Stove (1885 both) Stove (1916 #13)
Lighting Oil Lamps
Interior Finish Buff walls, white ceiling (1916) Gone  
Platform Roof Bullnose
Termination Date Still going 13 Feb 1906 Jan 1939

Baggage-mail-express car #42 was out-shopped September 1879 by the South Park’s Denver Shops. As with all the cars they produced, it was likely assembled from parts created by one of the eastern car builders. DSP&P #42 was renumbered #1300 in 1885 and kept that number under the DL&G, becoming C&S baggage-mail #113. At some point prior to 1906, the C&S re-designated #113 to plain baggage car, with a single center baggage door, and renumbered it to #105.

Similar re-numberings haunted #43 and #44, except that they retained their baggage-mail-express designation to the end.


DSP&P #43 on the Rocky Mountain House, Leaverite and Northern. This is a HLW long baggage-RPO car, based on the original Delton molds. Below, single door DSP&P #42, an LGB model, renumbered.








C&S #4 (ex DSP&P #42) in 1929 with widows sheathed over, metal sheathing below the beltline, end platforms gone,
 and end platforms gone.

C&S #4 in 1939, looking very modern.

DL&G #1301 (ex DSP&P 43) left side.

DSP&P #1301 right side, mail room windows were not in the same place on both sides.

DL&G #1302 (DSP&P #44) in 1895.

C&S #13 (DSP&P #43) at New York World's Fair in 1939. Mail door and window swapped positions.

This plan by John Maxwell shows baggage-mail #42 - 44 as C&S #10 - 12  with end platforms still attached, as well as the floor plan as rebuilt without end platforms.

DSP&P Baggage-Mail #42 -- 44  later 1300 -- 1302
C&S Baggage Mail Express #110 -- 112 later 10 -- 12


These folios of the DSP&P baggage-RPO cars show their configuration after 1906. You will need to add end platforms and end doors to visualize their appearance in the DSP&P era of the 1880's.

DSP&P #42 -- C&S #4

DSP&P #43 and 44 -- C&S #13

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