Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad
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May 22, 2016, We started fabricating and laying ribbon rail similiar to what the 12 inch to the foot guys use. While down at the Maricopa club down in Phoenix,
I 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 were 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... welding 20 ft lenghts into 80 ft lengths. Plans are to use it for new construction on the Northern Division in 120 ft to 140 ft lengths.
See Photo Index / Ribbon Rail for photos.
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 now allows trains to be turned at the top. This now gives us bi-directional train operation from the Como Wye at the bottom
to the Boreas Pass Wye at the top... about 4,330 ft one way or 8,660 ft round trip. The railroad is divided into a Northern and Southern division.
The Southern Division is now fully operational with over 4,330 ft of mainline track laid in place.
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 hazard only propane steamers are allowed. Diesels and electrics are welcome.
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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