Death Valley Railroad

Brill Railcar #5
2003 Update
New!   2 0 0 4   U p d a t e


Harry Gower Collection
Courtesy Mojave River Valley Museum


The DVRR's #5, the Brill Railcar, is currently in the Laws Railroad Museum restoration barn and is undergoing complete restoration by a group of Laws Museum volunteers. This update contains images from the Owens Valley Railway Company and LRM collections and TTRR's images from April, 2001, May, 2002 and May, 2003. All thanks to the courtesy of the museum's staff and the assistance of Jim Saylor and Jim Pittman.


DVRR #5's 'Sign'
On the bulkhead of the passenger area.
Note the old support beam and the new roof.

DVRR #5's Trailing Truck
Manufacturer's Nameplate.
Her order number was 22499.
Three quarter view from the front end.
Upon arrival at Laws
Bishop Museum Historical Collection
On arrival at Laws
April, 2001Early stages of siding
repair and stabilization.
April, 2001
May 2002 
Sides stabilized and re-riveted.
New corner pieces and Primer Coat
May, 2002

        Brill Engine Logo

Head-on Views
April, 2001
David Lathrop - OVRCMay, 2002

New Roof & Floor
Front Roof detailsMay, 2003
The original Brill gasoline engine. It fit between the channels at the front of the car.
A new diesel will power the car when she runs again.

David Lathrop - OVRC 
The Passenger Vestibule

April, 2001
May, 2002

New Roof & Framing
Vestibule Step detailsMay, 2003

The Driver's Seat, Brake Shoes and Controls
awaiting restoration (left);
A cleaned and primed undercarriage (above);
The original, fully restored Oak Toilet Seat (right)

May, 2002

Mock-up of a passenger seat.

Trucks & undercarriage equipment (mostly) restored.
Brakes & linkage operational.

May, 2003

Two windows in 'mock-up'.
A 2002 Saturday Work Call

Re-Installing the Brakes

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A restful view from the bench in front of the Medical Building and Barbershop.

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Bishop, CA 93515


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