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Railroads of Milwaukee
By John Kelly

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Classic Crawlers and Dozers, Vol. II
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New limited edition!
Classic Vintage Crawlers & Dozers, Vol. II

by Roger V. Amato and Don Heimburger


America's Greatest Circus Train
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America's Greatest Circus Train
by Bruce C. Nelson

This all-color 10” x10” book brings back the days when the colorful Great Circus Train ran from the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin, through both Wisconsin and Illinois, delighting thousands of spectators. The new book, which will be released in September, features 335 mostly color photographs and illustrations, and has been in development for more than 10 years.

The steam- and diesel-operated Great Circus Train was the source of the historic circus wagons used in the Milwaukee and Chicago circus parades that drew millions of spectators between 1965 and 2003. Over the years, the train consisted of up to 29 vintage cars carrying hundreds of guests and almost 90 historic horse-drawn wagons. Author Bruce Nelson is a career transportation professional and historian.

  • Hardcover binding
  • Large 10" x 10" format
  • 208 pages, 14 chapters
  • 335 photographs
  • Extensive index
  • Includes complete CWM car and locomotive roster
  • ISBN: 978-0-911581-64-5
  • Price: $54.95
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Garratt Locomotives

Garratt Locomotives

Our latest release is a reprint of the 36-page circa 1925 Beyer, Peacock & Company Garrett locomotive catalog.

The Garratt articulated locomotive was developed by Herbert William Garratt, a British locomotive engineer who, after a career with British Colonial Railways, was the New South Wales Railways’ inspecting engineer in London. He first applied for a patent on the idea in 1907, after observing articulated gun carriages.

In 1907, Beyer, Peacock & Co. submitted a proposal for a 2 foot (610 mm) gauge 0-4-0+0-4-0 Garratt to the New South Wales Government Railways. The following year a design for a 2 foot gauge Mallet locomotive was submitted to the Government of Tasmania. This was followed with a submission for a Garratt based on, but a little heavier than, the New South Wales proposal. This proposal was accepted, and two locomotives were built in 1909, which became the K Class. The K Class had to cope with 99’ radius curves and 1 in 25 gradients.

The 11 1/4" x 8 1/2” softbound book features a four-color cover, and shows Garrett locomotives that were delivered to the Argentine North-Eastern Railway, Burma Railways, Benguella Railway, Indian State Railway, London & North-Eastern Railway, Mauritius Government Railways, Rhodesia Railways, South African Railways and the Victorian Government Railways, along others.

The new Heimburger House book is priced at $18.95 and $6.50 shipping.








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AC Gilbert's Heritage

A limited edition reprint of the popular book A.C. Gilbert’s Heritage, first published 33 years ago, edited by Don Heimburger. This 164-page 8½" x 11" softcover book features a collection of informative American Flyer articles and photos including:

  • Gilbert family history
  • Illuminating interviews with Sales Manager Maury Romer
  • Gilbert Gallery of photos with one-of-a-kind items and mockup train models—have you ever seen a Gilbert anti-aircraft gun on a flatcar or an Erector dirigible?
  • See Gilbert price list from 1951 (65 years ago!)
  • Gilbert Advertising Artwork
  • Photos of the Chicago Gilbert Hall of Science
  • Complete 1947 to 1965 (year by year) highlight descriptions of American Flyer trains and accessories
  • Rare AF Circus Sets
  • Gilbert’s outside suppliers: Colber, Mini-Craft, Bachmann
  • AF Tank Car review starting with the orange Shell car
  • AF’s 3-digit and 5-digit cabooses
  • 1956 Gilbert’s colorful comic books
  • 1955 Electrotype Advertising Catalog from Flyer
  • AF dealer displays, signage to complete layouts
  • Those fascinating Erector Sets
  • AF’s smoke-in-tender engines
  • See how the Gilbert factory was laid out
  • The intense war work at Gilbert

$34.95 and $6.50 postage in U.S.;
Illinois residents please add 10% sales tax.

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