Come one! Come all! Beginning in the 1870s, specially built trains transported the circus to eager crowds across the US. Now the magic of these circus trains is captured for all to enjoy in the delightful book. Rare behind-the-scenes photographs display the exciting and unusual construction and operation of circus trains. Witness animals being loaded and unloaded. Experience life inside the coaches that housed circus personnel. See flamboyant paint schemes, special length railroad cars, and rare builders' photos. Exciting rail scenes sure to excite the imagination!
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This is a soft cover book measuring 10' x 8 1/2 ' published by Iconografix. The cover is attractive depicting an extensive unloading scene in the form of art work. The pages are of good quality paper stock. Excluding the two page introduction most of this book is a photographic essay. The sources of the photographs are diverse and are credited below each photograph with any pertinent dates as well. There is a chronological flow to the book. The clarity and detail of the photos is excellent. There are 9 pages of various interior views. Of the 126 pages in this book only 5 pages are photo free; the photos cover the expanse of the pages. Historical tidbits and information about the photos are succintly written within 3 to 4 lines of text below each photograph. There are various scenes presented of loading, unloading, sleepers, flat cars, and stock cars. Many of these pictures are new to me. This book is not a detailed analysis of the intertwined histories of the circus and the railroad. It should, however, fill a void in the libraries of circus and train fans and should be a helpful resource for the Circus Model Builders.