Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad

DSP&P Passenger Cars In Colour

The following photos of DSP&P models are intended to show the appearance of DSP&P passenger equipment in the 1875 - 1885 era - the period before the Union Pacific takeover. Baased on detailed research by the builders, these are probably the best photos of DSP&P rolllng stock available today.

The generic Mantua HO scale and LGB G scale cars lettered for DSP&P are not shown on this page as they are not accurate enough to be used as modeling guides. There is no shortage of passenger equipment models in all scales for D&RGW, but none of them represent those on the DSP&P.

BELOW: Deerfield River Laser Models On3 Quik-Kits
These are the most innovative passenger car kits to appear in a long time and the only accurate DSP&P passenger cars produced in any scale. The laser cut sides and ends are applied to Bachmann On30 passenger car underframes and roofs. A little kit bashing is needed for the longer cars, using four roof/underframe sets to make three cars. Some car lengths are a little off (not more than 3 feet) but this is a small trade-off for some fabulous models.

These cars sides are the first ever with panels instead of tongue and groove siding, as delivered to the DSP&P in the 1874 -1878 era. Even the plaque for the car name is included in the laser cut sidewalls.


DSP&P 1 "Auraria" 1874 Combine 31 foot body

DSP&P 2 "Denver" 1874 Coach 31 foot body

DSP&P 3 and 5 "Geneva" and "Leadville" 1878 Coach 40 foot body

DSP&P 4 "Hall's Valley" Coach 1878 40 foot body

DSP&P Pullman "South Park" "Leadville" "Bonanza" "San Juan" 1879 40 foot body

DSP&P 051 Paycar 1880 31 foot body

DSP&P 40, 41, and 45 Baggage 1878 31 foot body

Large Scale Passenger Cars
For more photos of Large Scale passenger cars, see
LGB Passenger Cars.

Here's what the LGB cars look like on my outdoor railway, after painting the roofs black. The Delton Mason Bogie on the lower level track looks more natural in daylight, too. It's the glare from the sun on the black car roofs that makes them look silver, on models as well as the originals in the old black and white photos, so don't paint the roof silver - nature will do it for you.

The LGB model of the single door baggage car is a close match to DSP&P #42. Note the new roof colour and the new road number.


Some people have managed to improve the stock available. Bob Baxter did a beautiful job of adding arch windows and reasonable lettering to a Bachmann passenger car. Some very early photos suggest that the roofs of passenger caes might have been painted with white lead, so the white roof on this model is probably correct. Later photos suggest sunshine on a black roof, which looks like light grey, not white and definitely not silver or alumunum colour.

Scratch-built DSP&P passenger car, beautiful model but source unnown