Circus Moves by Rail, The By Tom Parkinson & Charles Philip Fox HARD COVER

Circus Moves by Rail, The By Tom Parkinson & Charles Philip Fox HARD COVER

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Circus Moves by Rail, The By Tom Parkinson & Charles Philip Fox HARD COVER
 
The Circus Moves by Rail By Tom Parkinson and Charles Philip Fox  HARD COVER  391 pages 1978 FIRST CARSTENS edition
"Spectacular! Wondrous!
The posters proclaimed the coming circus, and the children - both young and young at heart - would gather at the train depot with feverish anticipation.
The circus train, ornately lettered with mysterious promises, carried a strange and fascinating cargo that sparked excitement in small towns across the country. Ordinary crossings and sidings became places of wonder as locomotives chugged the marvelous cars into view - the scene fairly burst into action. Engines spotted cars. Men set the runs. Horses clomped down the ramps. Wagons rolled off the flats. Eight-horse teams appeared. Crews gathered. Crowds formed. Boys gaped.
Join the authors on this marvelous tour of circus railroading.
Contents include: first attempts at railroading, how shows function by rail, routing, rates, tariffs, advertising cars, flatcars, stockcars, living aboard the show train, famous long and short runs, famous disasters, two-car shows, and modern outgrowths of the circus train.
Here is all the brilliance of those circus trains captured in a beautiful volume of pictures, posters, and text. A delightful book for circus buff and railfan alike!
Contents
Prologue
First attempts at moving by rail Circus experiments, 1830s-1870s
Origin
The Barnum show of 1872 W. C. Coup
Development
Show train growth, numbers, 1873-1978 "Railroad Show" as a status symbol Heyday
Operations
How shows function by rail
Routing, contracting, the New York Central Week, exclusive contracts
Railroad influence on routes
Rates, tariffs, show script
Advance Cars
Advertising departments aboard special cars Box brigades
Country routes, "Railroad work"
Opposition
Billing
Flatcars
Car lengths and designs Makers
Loading orders
Steel and wooden cars
Stockcars
Car designs
Makers
Baggage stock, ring stock, ponies, lead stock, 21elephants
Coaches
Living aboard a show train
Assignment of space; berths, compartments, three-high Private cars
Ballet girls' car
Side show car
Riding the flats
Pie cars
Show Moves
Runs and jumps
Switching, consists, car rosters, circus train 75crews, loading orders
Railroad operations
Winter maintenance and circus car shops
Excursions
Special trains, lower rates for circus day
Unusual Moves
Dukie runs, Sunday runs, sleeper jumps Famous long and short moves
Feed and water stops
Floating
Reaching New York
Disasters
Show trains in wrecks, floods, and fires
Two-Car Shows
Amazing miniatures Tunnel cars
Baggage car moves Passenger service Gilly shows
Modern Moves
Ringling-Barnum's new era Tunnel car procedures
Piggybacks, rack cars
New system, new units
Consists
Aboard a circus train in 1977
Outgrowths
Car shows
Chautauqua
Uncle Tom's Cabin
The Rabbit Foot Show
Holiday on Ice
Ice Capades
Carnivals
Circus World Museum's circus parade train
Appendix Index

On grade crossings or curves, on bridges or branches, at sidings and junctions and depots and yards, the circus train was an attraction that marked the day, elated the senses, and engraved the memory.
If heralds on boxcars aroused imagination about displaces on ordinary days, then a circus train-ornately lettered, carrying strange cargo, holding mysterious promise-created great new excitement on circus days.
Railroading, of course, was so intriguing as to warrant day-after-day fascination with cars and locomotives and schedules and all the rest. Circuses were captivating for their posters, parades, and, above all, their performances. So the combination of circusing and railroading was about as much as one pair of eyes could encompass, one intellect could comprehend. In an age when men went down to the depot daily to see the train come in, routine was utterly shattered if a white-flagged engine rounded the bend to re-veal that it had a red and gold circus train in tow.
And things haven't changed much in more than a hundred years.
Ordinary crossings and sidings became places of wonder as locomotives chugged the strange and brilliant consist into view. The scene fairly burst into action. Engines spotted cars. Men set the runs. Horses clomped down the ramps. Wagons rolled off the flats. Eight-horse teams ap. Crews gathered. Crowds formed. Boys gaped. A midget hopped down from a coach, and a camel peered from a stockcar. Huge wagons, more cages, a calliope, and a span of zebras materialized. Then a dozen elephants surprised you from behind.

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