Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad
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The DSP&PRR is the highest 7 1/2 inch guage railroad in the world at an elevation of 9,200 feet above sea level.
The Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad is a 7 1/2" gauge railroad located in the beautiful South Park area west of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The railroad is currently under construction with a planned mainline of over 8,000 ft of track. The minimum radius is 75 feet with a
maximum grade of 3.5%. The topography of the area is rolling hills with approximately 30% coverage in Ponderosa Pine.
Typically we are laying track on Saturdays late April thru late November. Construction trains are running out to the ever advancing
railhead carrying track and cross ties.
The Boreas Pass Wye allows trains to be turned at the top. This gives us bi-directional train operation from the Como Wye at the bottom
to the Boreas Pass Wye at the top... about 5,000 ft one way or 10,000 ft round trip. The railroad is divided into a Northern and Southern division.
The Southern Division is fully operational with over 4,330 ft of mainline track laid in place. Additionally, we have recently completed the track out to and
around Little Mountain on the Northern Division adding another 1,600 ft of track bringing the mainline length to over 6,000 ft or 12,000 ft round trip. Click
on the Track Plan button on the left.
We have an unloading device capable of handling a Northern locomotive. The 20 ft. turntable with steaming bays
is installed and is operable. Additionally two swinging gate bridges are in place and operable.
See Contacts on this webpage for info on how to contact us. All railroad fans are welcome to come
and run their engines. Due to the extreme fire danger only propane steamers are allowed. Diesels and electrics are welcome.
<-- NEWS -->
May 9, 2020 Last week the loop around Little Mountain was completed. Now we are running ballast trains and working on getting the loop all ballasted. See Track Plan to
view track alignment diagram.
April 17, 2020 Almost all of the snow is now gone. The ground has dried out fairly well. We have laid another 80 ft of mainline, fabricated and laid the turnout
going from Little Mountain down to Como. Just 70 ft remains to complete the loop around Little Mountain, then ballast trains can start running.
April 3, 2020 Only snows on the north slopes remain although it is a bit muddy now with the snowmelt. We are able to get around pretty good using 4 wheel drive.
We are presently working on the next 100 ft segment of mainline.
March 15, 2020 The snows have about half way melted now. The south slope of Little Mountain is snow free and we have laid another 100ft of mainline. Work is
now resuming on the railroad after some good winter snows.
Dec 11, 2019, The winter snows have come and we are now shut down till Spring. This has been a good year and we have laid about 1,000 ft of track. The
Argentine siding was completed and mainline track was laid all the way out to and almost around Little Mountain. We have just 150 ft of track left to
complete the loop around Little Mountain. That will be completed in the Spring giving over 6,000 ft of track which will be over 12,000 ft round trip. See
Photos Index for photos of 2019 progress. See Track Plan to view track alignment diagram.
Oct 9, 2019, Working is progressing well on the loop around Little Mountain(see Track Plan). The fine grading has been completed all the way around. Another
100 ft of track has been laid, leaving 450 ft left to go to complete the loop. Cool, clear fall weather is helping the effort.
Sept 28, 2019, We had a great Anual Run Day this year... had 11 trains running, radio dispatched running point-to-point all the way out to Little Mountain. Thanks
to the Man of Stiehl and Lowell for doing the radio dispatching. Running their trains were Tom, Jim, Phillip, Matt, Seth, Bill Z., Bob L. Kirk(Al Unser, Jr.),
Dale, Pete and Lowell. Mary Lou was on the railbike.
July 24, 2019, The Little Mountain Wye turnout has been laid and we are now laying track around Little Mountain. Click on Track Plan on this page.
June 26, 2019, We are making good progress on laying track and hope to be within 50 ft of the Little Mountain Wye by the 4th of July.
May 21, 2019, Tracking laying has resumed in full force and we have laid the first 120 ft of the season. Both legs of the Argentine siding are now complete.
May 3, 2019, All the snow is now gone and fine grading is almost complete for the next 200 ft on the Northern Division.
April 15, 2019, The winter snows have almost melted off but some are left on the north slopes and tree shadows. We are now back at work fine grading the roadbed
on the Northern Division in the sunny areas where the ground has thawed.
November 21, 2018, We have laid 400 ft of track out on the Northern Division and have finished one leg of the Argentine siding. Rough grading has been completed out to and around
Little Mountain so come next Spring we will be ready to fine grade and lay track. About 1,260 ft of track is to be laid out to and around Little Mountain. When in place
this will give us 6,000 ft of mainline running... 12,000 ft round trip. The mountain views from the Little Mountain loop will be magnificent. Right now
accumulating snow and freezing ground has shut us down till Spring.
September 29, 2018, We had a great train meet with a great turnout. 8 trains were running on the railroad and the dispatcher was busy coordinating train traffic.
For photos see --> Photo Index/2018 Train Meet.
September 7, 2018, The first 120 feet has been laid on the Northern Division and is ready for the September 29th meet.
July 21, 2018, The Peabody tie siding rework has been completed for the September 29th meet to provide additional space for trains.
June 7, 2018, Recuperation of knee surgery is slooow... physcial therapy is pretty painful but coming along well.
April 27, 2018, Going in for knee replacement surgery. Will resume work after healing up.
April 15, 2018, Little snow is left after a modrately dry winter so finish grading has resumed on the Northern Division. 60 feet of rail has been welded up
and moved to the end of track as well as loose 20ft lenghts of track. This is in preparation for laying the first 100 ft on the Northern Division.
August 15, 2017, It has rained every due this month of August with chances of rain running 70% to 90% every day. The ground is wet so no progress has been
made on the Northern Division.
July 3, 2017, The Peabodys Siding has been completed and is fully operational. This will help alleviate traffic congestion on the mainline. The siding is 100 ft long and
will be able to acomodate two or three trains at one time.
See Photo Index / Peabodys Siding and the Video Index for photos.
May 29, 2017, This past week the entire alignment for Phase 1 of the Northern Division has been rough graded. Also, the Peabodys siding has been elevated a foot or so
and widened for two tracks. Much additional miscellaneous grading work has also been completed. You sure can do a lot with 7 days use of a skid loader.
See Photo Index / Northern Division Phase 1 for photos.
April 12, 2017, The GandyDancers have been out in full force grading the first 300 ft on Phase 1 of the Northern Division. We have finished grading almost all the way to the
second big ravine and it is now track ready. Plans are to rent a skid loader for a full week in May and rough grade the rest of Phase 1 all the way out to and
around Knob Hill. Once that is done finish grading will start and we are shooting to get it all track ready with several hundred feet of track laid this year.
See Photo Index / Northern Division Phase 1 for photos.
March 18, 2017, With all the warm weather we have been having the past few weeks, most of the snow has melted off and the ground has thawed making conditions
favorable to resume construction on the Northern Division. Today the brick wall was laid at the first ravine and about 50 ft of grading was completed on the
Northern Division. With 3 more work days we will be at the big ravine where a 25 ft bridge will be built. Also, the track alignment was surveyed out
around Knob Hill which will be the farthest out point on the railroad. This will increase the length of the railroad to about 7,500 ft in one direction (about
15,000 ft round trip). It was good to be out and back at work on the DSP&PRR.
December 3, 2016, The first snow has fallen and now the ground is frozen. So construction work has ended for the season until next Spring. We are
still able to run trains. Energies are now directed to the garage to continue work on the 3 3/4 inch narrow guage Sweet Creek.
November 23, 2016, Our illustrious president Jay Gould has authorized construction of the Northern Division. We are now working in earnest on the Northern Division.
Work has started on the north end of the Boreas Pass Wye and is progressing northward. This will add about 3,500 ft of mainline to the already existing 4,330 ft and
will be quite a fun and scenic railroad to run on.
October 8, 2016, We had a great turnout at our Fall Run Day. It was clear and sunny and the air slightly cool. We had 5 engines running one of which was an OS Mogul
which pulled the grades pretty well. On the 4400 ft route we used family radios for train dispatching and it worked really well. A lot of folks had great train rides
while viewing the beautiful vistas along the route.
September 23, 2016, We have laid over 500 feet of ribbon rail similiar to what the 12 inch to the foot guys use. While down at the Maricopa club down in
Phoenix last January, we saw them using ribbon rail... they were welding their steel profile rail into 150 to 200 ft lengths and using them on the straights and curves with success. This
was eliminating rail joints where kinking occured. So we decided to use ribbon rail on the DSP & PRR for the same reasons. We have started using it on the new
siding down on the south meadow and from there to the Como Wye. Plans are to use it for new construction on the
Northern Division in 100 ft to 120 ft lengths. See Photo Index / Ribbon Rail for photos.
February 20, 2016, We fabricated 4 new turnouts... 2 left and 2 right. We now have enough turnouts for two passing sidings on the Southern Division and
one on the Northern Division. See Photo Index / Turnouts for photos.
On November 9, 2015, We hauled 25 car loads of ballast using the bottom dumping, self-spreading ballast cars. They worked really well. Probably 6 tons of ballast. See them in the videos at --> Video Index