Large Scale Models of DSP&P
The Aristocraft "Delton Classic" 1:24
After a number of corporate shuffles, the tooling for these locomotives ended up with Aristocraft Trains (now out of business). In 1996, they began marketing re-tooled versions of the Delton 2-8-0 under the Aristocraft “Delton Classics” trade name. Two versions were painted for DSP&P: a wood burning DSP&P #63 with diamond stack, and a coal burner, DSP&P #64 with straight stack and modernized domes. These road numbers represent the Cooke-built DSP&P locomotives #58 through #68, delivered to the DSP&P in 1883.
The level of detail is moderate compared to the brass models discussed elsewhere on this website. The model bears a strong resemblance to the builder’s photo of #63, but I can’t vouch for accuracy of the dimensions. The finish is good and equal to most moderately priced plastic models, Domes and headlight on #63 are fancy, those on #64 more plain as befits a more recent rebuilt locomotive. There is a wood or coal load as appropriate in the tender. Cab doors and windows are immobile. Couplers, on the rear only, are Delton knuckle type. My biggest complaint about this model is that the engine number on the boiler front is always "268", regardless of the actual road number elsewhwew on the model. It would not have cost much for Aristocraft to do it right.
The original Delton Classic locomotive was not “sound-ready” as this concept had not been developed at the time. It is relatively easy to add basic LGB-style sound sensors or full DCC and an American steam sound module in the tender.
Sadly, only aftermarket models of DSP&P versions
of the Delton Classic 2-8-0 are available today. Aristocraft had
commissioned David Fletcher to prepare a prototype for C&S #30,
and although it was a masterpiece, Aristocraft abandoned all
versions except D&RGW models of this locomotive. Aristocraft
ceased all production of model trains in Dec 2013, so nothing is
available except old stock in hobby shop inventory. The company
was resurrected as Polk's GenerationEXT (fall 2014) but no
rolling stock has appeared.
Aristocraft 2-8-0 DSP&P #63
The Accucraft 1:20.3 Scale
DSP&P #51 was one of eight such locomotives (numbers 50 through 57) acquired by the South Park. Consolidations were the mainstay of Western narrow gauge railroads and some of these lasted well into the C&S era. DSP&P #191 became DL&G #191 in 1889, then C&S #31 in the merger of 1899.
DSP&P #51 with a
Tiffany reefer and Waycar
The models come in two liveries: a dark green version of DSP&P #51 as it appeared in the 1880’s, and an all-black DSP&P #191 as it appears now at CRM. Both have simulated russia iron boilers. Both were available as electric or live-steam versions. Plans and liveries were drawn by David Fletcher – see more HERE.
The body of the model is built from heavy brass with steel drivers, side rods, and linkage. Level of detail is excellent, especially the domes, headlight, pilot, and rivet patterns. Paint and lettering is superb on #51 with all the ornate curlicues expected in that era. Dressed as #191, the engine is pretty “Plain Jane”, but that’s the way it really was. Domes and headlight mounts on both models are just as elaborate as on the Mason-built 2-6-6T’s. This locomotive carries the large Nesmith smoke stack. The two center pairs of drivers are blind as they were on the original.
The electric versions are sound-ready but not plug-and-play – there is a rat’s nest of open ended wires in the tender, accessed by lifting out the coal load. Coupler pockets are designed for link-and-pin fittings (not supplied).
I have no personal experience with the steam powered units. Online reports suggest 30 to 40 minute run–times, depending on loading. There are some good videos of these steamers on YouTube. The engine has a single flue boiler, two cylinders with piston valves, water level and pressure gauges, safety valve, lubricator, simulated Stephenson valve gear, reverse lever, and throttle.
VITAL STATISTICS: Accucraft DSP&P 2-8-0 #51 and $191, 1:20.3 “F”