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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Operated by the Bishop Museum & Historical Society
P.O. Box 363
Bishop, CA 93515

 

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