ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, LEAVERITE
and NORTHERN RAILWAY
A Photo Essay on C&S #30
The RMH,L&N RR portrays the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad
around 1880 to 1885, with some minor time-sliding so I can
incorporate some interesting items of rolling stock, like a rotary
snowplow and a Mack AB dump truck on a roll-on roll-off flatcar. I
also run C&S Mogul #5 with its caboose C&S #301 (LGB models) and C&S
My model of C&S #30 is a one of a kind built by David
Fletcher for Aristocraft, as a prototype for a new product. It was
never put into production, so this is one of my prized locomotives.
Here is part of David's description of his work:
Aristocraft "Delton Classic" models originally had the
superstructure sit too high above the wheels in order to fit the
gearbox, which spoiled the low-slung look of a Baldwin 2-8-0. I
developed a means to lower the model down to correct height, and
this one was so modified in around 2006 when the model was purchased
new. The engine is nice and low slung with the wheels now correctly
set about the piston centre line. The only other change made was to
repaint the boiler jacket with Testors Metalizers Gun Metal to
produce the proper Russia iron colour for the jacket. The rest of
the model is painted and lettered to original factory form. The
livery and lettering of this model represent the C&S style from
This page includes a series of photos of C&S #30 at various points
of interest on the RMH, L&N. Camera is an ancient Canon digital point-and-shoot.
Photos taken in 2014.
Builderr's Photo by David Fletcher
C&S #30 was a Baldwin built 2-8-0 Consolidation delivered to the DSP&P
in 1880. It was originally numbered DSP&P #50 and became DSP&P #190
in 1885. Her full-size sister, DSP&P #191, is at the Colorado Railway Museum.
See David's CAD drawings of DSP&P #51 / 191
C&S #30 sneaks past the Pioneer grain elevator at Leaverite. The
horse-drawn wagon with beer for the Black Hills Saloon has just
crossed the track in front of the locomotive.
C&S #30 headed north at Lone Pine.
C&S #30 climbing Climax Hill, with the Climax yard and freight depot
in the background.
C&S #30 at Glacier Station, after taking on water.
Headshot of C&S #30 and her short freight train, stopped for orders
C&S #30 southbound on the High Line, passing the first oilwell in
This image shows why the High Line is called the High Line.
C&S #30 on Bridge 3.
C&S #30 on Bridge 4, silhouetted against the evening sky.
C&S #30 on Bridge 5.
Another shot on the bridge.
Number 30 at sunset., approaching the Randy Andy Mine at the