South Park and Pacific Railroad
Digital Art Gallery: 2-D
and 3-D CAD Images of the South Park Lime
page shows examples of
computer aided drawings, many of which grace the walls of my office,
along with some prints of watercolours on railway sublects. The CAD
images are artistic renderings, in the same sense as "fine art"
created by more traditional methods. See my
Fine Art Gallery HERE.
Others are intended as the equivalent of scale drawings, suitable
for modeling purposes. Another class of drawing is 3-D rendering
that can be rotated to present a view of the object (locomotive,
freight car, etc) from any viewpoint. These can be animated and used
in movies, commercials, and video games. An extension of this
comcept is "virtual railroading", with realistic trains running on a
right-of-way with full scenic effects.
The DSP&P Mason Bogies have been favorite topics and the DSP&P
Moguls and Consolodations have also represented
Scroll on down to see virtual trains (static image), Bill Gould's
South Park freight cars and locomotives, David Fletcher's
locomotives, Jim Wilkie's Mason Bogie decorative possibilities, and
a couple of other locomotives, all in full colour.
Rsilroading with Trainz on the South Park
Running trains on a computer has a long history of evolution and
improvent in operational capability and realisn. You can obtain a
complete railroad subdivision for a modest fee or build your own
mythical empire on your PC. You can also design a model railroad
based on famous layouts, such ss my heros John Allen and Malcolm
Furlow, or test run your own design alternatives that will fit your
Tom Steadman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
sent me a note that prompted this article, and included a few images
to illustrate possibilities. He is well along in building his
virtual model railway based on Andrew Dodge's well known DSP&P
layout. Andrew's exquisite modeling work was described in the
Jul/Aug 2019 issue of Narrow Gauge and
Shortline Gazette. An earlier article in a
2003 issue of Finescale Railroader
has some excellent photos of the layout.
layout was created by downloading the orginal
plan from the internet and using a program called Basemapz to create
the number of flat baseboards required for the plan. Some adjustment
is required for the plan to work in Trainz. It's up to the user to
lay the track, change the levels, and create the mountains, lakes,
rivers, and floor levels with the tools in the program. There is a
group of assets like walls, doors, floors, valance, celing, and
other objects to complete the layout room.
Screenshot of Deansbury CO area on
Tom's virtual model railway. Click image for larger version - you
might see the DSP&P bogie, flat car, and boxcar towad the top left..
Rolling stock and buildings for an 1880's DSP&P railway are numerous
enough. The old
DSP&P 4-4-0 #2 and Mason bogies DSP&P #8 are by Trainboi1,
but these may only work in older versions of Trainz, Other
DSP&P locos (191 and 240)
are by Togog, with bogies (4,
6, 15, 28, 42, 44)
by Robinhoods. All these have been updated for use in the
later versions of Traimz.
Screenshot of Tom's locomotives for his DSP&P virtual model railway.
Click image for larger version.
Togog also made some rollingstock -- 2 waycars #64 (brown)
and #76 (yellow), 2 reefers #508 and #509, both white with Tiffany
lettering, flatcar #186, and boxcar #618. Trainboi1 also made
waycar #64 in yellow.
Elvenor made the harp point levers in 4 types to suit Trainz.
Como roundhouse comes in 3 versions -- 5 stall stone, 14 stalls
after wood stalls added, and finally 9 stalls after 5 wood stalls
were removed, by Bendorsey. Colorado71 has made lots of
building for the area. Textures for ground cover are by Dmdrake
Gould's SolidWorks Images - FReight Cars
These 3-D images are from
website, and show how he
uses a software package called SolidWorks to create ultra-realistic
images of railway equipment, among other things. It is really hard
to believe that there is no real object forming the image - just
100's of hours of human labour at the computer. The images here have
been reduced in size to protect the artist's original materials. See
for many more images, exact-scale plans, and fine art prints for
sale. These images, and 1000's of others, are also available at
(put "narrow gauge" in the search box to find there drawings).
Tiffany Reefer #1063
Some people think DSP&P Tiffany Reefer roofs could have been boxcar
red. I don't agree but here it is anyway.
DSP&P Box Car #816
DSP&P Waycar #72
Gould's "Solidworks" IMAGES - LOCOMOTIVES
Bill offers four art prints (all are nicely framed on my office
walls). and complete blackline plans for this locomotive at 1:20.3
and 1:24 scale from
The 1:24 plans complement the 1:24 scale Delton #15 "Brekenridge"
and the 1:20.3 version would match the 1:20.3 scale Accucraft "Tenmile".
Bill Gould's SolidWorks rendering rotated for a left-side view
Lots of detail in this head shot
This is another of
dramatic CAD art prints, with DSP&P "Tenmile"
and a waycar, from the cover of Mar/Apr 2014 Narrow Gauge and
Shortline Gazwtte. You could mimic this scene with the Accucraft
versions in 1:20.3 scale.
Fletcher's 2-D CAD Deawings
David Fletcher's CAD drawings of "San Juan" appeared in the April
2009 issue of Narrow Gauge Downunder, Dave's plans and CAD imaes
inspired the Accucraft 1:20.3 models. Click
for full size image.
David Fletcher's rear, cab and front views of "San Juan". Click
for full size image.
Here are David's images for DSP&P #6 "Tenmile". Click
for full size image.
Cab, Backhead and front views of DSP&P #6 "Tenmile". Click
for full size image.
David Fletcher's CAD drawing of DSP&P #35 "Dillion", a Brooks 2-6-0
Mogul, Mar/Apr 2014 Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette. This
size image courtesy of David
Another fine CAD drawing by David Fletcher, DSP&P #30 "Morrison",
from May/Jun 2014 NGSLG.
DSP&P #160 (#33 "Webster" before 1885) drawn by David Fletcher in
Jul/Aug 2014 NGSLG.
DSP&P #51 as built, drawn by David Fletcher,
in Sep/Oct 2015 NGSLG.
DSP&P #191 after 1885, drawn by David Fletcher, in Nov/Dec 2015
Here are some of David Fletcher's
CAD drawings of details for the Accucraft 2-8-0 Consolidation DSP
#51 as built in 1880, renumbered #191 in 1885.
Wilkie's CAD Drawings of possible paint schemes
The four illustrations
below are renderings by Jim Wilke, a well known locomotive
historian, showing the ornate striping and lettering on early DSP&P
Mason Bogies. The colours are his interpretation of "what could have
been" and are widely regarded as the most likely liveries, although
drawings by others have been rendered with some significantly
The four illustrations above are renderings by
Jim Wilke, a well known locomotive historian, showing the ornate
striping and lettering on early DSP&P Mason Bogies.
Artists and theiy south park locomotives
DSP&P #7 "Gunnison", colour rendering by Jon Davis, DSP&PHS Vol 7
DSP&P #3 "Oro City", another Jon Davis rendering, DSP&PHS Vol 7
CAD drawings of DSP&P 2-6-0 Cooke Mogul #71 from "Model Railroader"