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Brill Railcars - Model 55

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In 1922 the South Australian Railways place an order with the Service Motor Truck company for twelve petrol motered model 55 railcars. By 1923, the J.G.Brill company had bought out the Service Motor Truck company, so the railcars were actually constructed by the J.G.Brill company. They all entered service during 1924 and were gradually withdrawn during the 1960s.

The cars were initially fitted with Midewest 68 hp 4 cylinder petrol engines.

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4 -- 10 -- 112 -- 10

Model 55 railcar constructed by J.G.Brill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

See also Railcar 10.

24.3.24Entered service as railcar 4.[kb]
22.4.1937Fitted Diesel Engine - Gardner 102hp (76kW)[kb]
1.1944Renumbered railcar 10.[kb]
11.1954Converted to Narrow gauge and renumbered "112" temporarily, presumable to allow car No.111 to be overhauled. It was oncverted back to broad gauge during December 1954.[kb]
21.2.1962Condemned.[kb]

5

Model 55 railcar constructed by J.G.Brill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

24.3.1924Entered service as railcar 5.[kb]
17.5.1937Fitted Diesel Engine - Gardner 102hp (76kW)[kb]
25.3.1965Condemned.[kb]
-Sold to W.Brown for $1,008[kb]

6

Model 55 railcar constructed by J.G.Brill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

24.1924Entered service as railcar 6.[kb]
1.6.1937Fitted Diesel Engine - Gardner 102hp (76kW)[kb]
21.2.1962Condemned.[kb]

7

Model 55 railcar constructed by J.G.Brill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

24.5.1924Entered service as railcar 7.[kb]
8.1934Fitted Diesel Engine - Gardner 102hp (76kW)[kb]
9.1954Fitted Diesel Engine - Duetz 110hp (82kW)[kb]
2.1962Condemned.[kb]
16<sup>th</sup> December 2006,National Railway Museum - Port Adelaide - Brill 5 rail car - no.8 16<sup>th</sup> December 2006,National Railway Museum - Port Adelaide - Brill 5 rail car - no.8 13<sup>th</sup> November 1985,Type 55 railcar No.8 - Mile End Museum

8

Model 55 railcar constructed by J.G.Brill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

9.6.1924Entered service as railcar 8.[kb]
20.7.1937Fitted Diesel Engine - Gardner 102hp (76kW)[kb]
24.9.1968Condemned.[kb]
22.10.1968To Mile End Museum[kb]
1988To Port Dock Station Railway Museum.

9

Model 55 railcar constructed by J.G.Brill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

9.6.1924Entered service as railcar 9.[kb]
12.11.1947Fitted Diesel Engine - Gardner 102hp (76kW)[kb]
13.7.1949Head on collision, Mitcham[kb]
24.9.1968Condemned.[kb]

10 -- 111 -- 4

Model 55 railcar constructed by J.G.Brill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

30.6.1924Entered service as railcar 10.[kb]
1.1944Wash basin fitted in lavatory, converted to narrow gauge and numbered "111" for use on the Naracoorte Kingston run. Lavatory extended, wash basin fitted and seating capacity reduced in the saloon from 38 to 36.[kb]
8.12.1954Fitted Diesel Engine - Gardner 102hp (76kW)[kb]
1959Converted to broad gauge, renumbered "4".[kb]
24.9.1968Condemned.[kb]

11

Model 55 railcar constructed by J.G.Brill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

14.6.1924Entered service as railcar 11.[kb]
6.4.1950Fitted Diesel Engine - Gardner 102hp (76kW)[kb]
21.2.1962Condemned.[kb]

12

Model 55 railcar constructed by J.G.Brill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

9.7.1924Entered service as railcar 12.[kb]
26.1.1950Fitted Diesel Engine - Gardner 102hp (76kW)[kb]
25.3.1965Condemned.[kb]
-Sold to W.Brown for $1,008[kb]

13

Model 55 railcar constructed by J.G.Brill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

1.7.1924Entered service as railcar 13.[kb]
2.10.1952Fitted Diesel Engine - Gardner 102hp (76kW)[kb]
24.9.1968Condemned.[kb]

14

Model 55 railcar constructed by J.G.Brill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

18.7.1924Entered service as railcar 14.[kb]
1954Fitted Diesel Engine - Gardner 102hp (76kW)[kb]
18.2.1950Collided with F 183 in Adelaide Yard
21.2.1962Condemned.[kb]

15

Model 55 railcar constructed by J.G.Brill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

7.1924Entered service as railcar 15.[kb]
1954Fitted Diesel Engine - Gardner 102hp (76kW)[kb]
2.1962Condemned.[kb]