Buckboard Fire Trucks: The Original Cab-Forward

by Anthony G. Buono

“I’m really impressed…a great job of research here…there is a LOT of new information as well as many photos we haven’t seen before. It’s not just a book about buckboard-style apparatus — it’s an excellent overview of the birth of the motor fire apparatus era.”
-Walter McCall,
Author of American Fire Engines Since 1900

“A wonderful book. It is very well-written”
-Stephen Heaver, Director of the Fire Museum of Maryland

250 pages black & white softcover 8½” x 11”

Before the cab-forward revolution led by the 700 Series American-LaFrance, there was the buckboard style of fire apparatus. This style with the driver ahead or aside of the engine was the original cab-forward.

This buckboard style was one of the more common incarnations of early motor fire apparatus design. Today this style often is overlooked despite its historical significance.

Buckboard Fire Trucks: The Original Cab-Forward, with more than 200 photos and advertisements explores the development of motor fire apparatus of the buckboard style during the brief period from 1905 through around 1920 when the buckboard style was common and produced in significant numbers by a variety of manufacturers.