Eleven Acres of Awesome at Laws Railroad Museum & Historical Site

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We can’t turn back the calendar to a cooler climate, but if you want to  experience tourism 1927 style, we have the perfect time machine to help you  do just that! Laws Railroad Museum and Historical Site train crew will be braving  the triple digits this Saturday, July 15th to take you back to simpler times and  even warmer climes, aboard the historic Death Valley “doodlebug” railcar.

Our Death Valley Brill Car manufactured by the J.G. Brill Co. of Philadelphia, is a  self-propelled train restored in 2004 by Laws’ volunteers. Often mistaken for a  trolley, our Brill Car is indeed a train because, after all, it runs on track, that being  said, the Death Valley Railroad Co. once modified a 1912 Cadillac to run on  that same track! For several years prior to the Great Depression, our luxurious Brill  Car ran on narrow gauge track between Death Valley Junction and the Ryan  Borax Mine.

A luxury tourist railcar making runs to a borax mine? Yes, it has a colorful history!  And we can add a superhero story to our time travel saga, in the person of  Horace Albright, who arranged its rescue and return to Inyo County in 1967. If  your curiosity is piqued, join us Saturday between 10:00 and 1:00. One of our  docents will be on board to tell you the rest of the story and answer your  questions. But come early, to miss those triple digits. Open windows are our only  air conditioning. Our crew will be ending Brill Car excursions a little earlier than  usual, to beat the heat; we’re pretty sure you won’t mind doing the same.

Tickets for the 15-to-20-minute excursion are $5.00 each. Children under eight  ride for only $1.00, and infants-in-arms ride free. Well behaved dogs on a leash  are welcome too. The Museum opens at 10:00 am and closes at 4:00 pm. Train  rides will run every half hour until 1:00 pm

Admission to the Museum is a $10.00 donation per adult. Come on out and  enjoy a relaxing day!

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