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DoneSat, Apr 22, 2017 5:30 PM UTC
South San Francisco, CA, USA


Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to announce the sale of the Warren Heid Family Collection of Toy Trains. Featuring over 210 lots amassed over 50+ years, the collection includes toy trains from leading American makers, including the Ives Manufacturing Company, American Flyer, Lionel Corporation, and Hafner Manufacturing Company. European manufacturers are also represented as well, such as Bing and Issmayer. Most date from the early 1900s to the 1930s. In addition to train sets and individual train cars, the collection offers accessories such as train stations, signals, figurines, and bridges. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Warren Heid has lived there most of his life, although his military service in World War II took him to many exotic, far-flung places. As a Class 4 Sergeant in the Army Air Corps working in communications, he traveled around the world, spending time in India, China and North Africa. When he returned from the war, thanks to the GI Bill, Mr. Heid studied architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to finding his career there, he also found his bride, marrying Shelia when he was a university sophomore; they have now been happily married for 70 years. During his long, award-winning career as an architect, Mr. Heid designed private homes, commercial and government buildings, schools, churches and hotels, including one in Tahiti. Living and working in Saratoga, California, for decades, he retired in 2008. In late 2016, the Architect Emeritus was honored by the Saratoga City Council for his architectural contributions there, which include St. Andrews Episcopal Church and The Inn at Saratoga.