Great American Circus and Show Trains

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Years ago excited crowds would be thrilled by the appearance of a circus or a carnival train. Experience that same thrill!

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Years ago excited crowds would be thrilled by the appearance of a circus or a carnival train. They knew a spectacle of grand proportions was coming to town. Here’s your chance to view the last two modern circus trains and the only carnival that still travels by rail! Circus World Museum at Baraboo, Wisconsin puts together an old-fashioned circus train with antique circus wagons loaded aboard railroad cars by traditional methods. Then vintage diesels power the special train to Milwaukee where these highly prized wagons, pulled by teams of powerful draft horses, star in the annual Great Circus Parade.

The James E. Strates Carnival travels the eastern US aboard a 61-car train. Many of the carnival’s employees live aboard the train, just as in times past. Jimmy Strates, the founder’s grandson, relates what it was like growing up on the train and explains how traveling by rail works better for the company than other transportation methods. These trains and others are shown while underway and as equipment and personnel work to load and unload them. You’ll see the unique methods used to handle heavy equipment and gain additional background on the great American circus trains of the past and present. It’s a railroading experience like no other and one the whole family will enjoy!

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4 reviews for Great American Circus and Show Trains

  1. david holland

    love this video. excellent video since no circus trains are running anymore. you get to see everything about circus trains including the animals, people and the unloading and loading of everything

  2. T.A.R.

    GREAT FILM AND VERY INFORMATIVE ABOUT A CIRCUS TRAIN AND CARNIVAL TRAIN. FOCUSING ON THE CIRCUS WORLD IN BARABOO AND THE RINGLING BROTHERS & BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS. WHAT A SIGHT. 5 STARS AND 1 HOUR AND 45 MINUTES LONG.

  3. Mike

    This video production is a wonderful presentation to Circus trains of the US mostly focusing on Circus World in Baraboo Wisconsin and the Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus. If you are a rail fan or a circus fan you must own this video

  4. rrvideoman, Delisle Saskatchewan

    A favorate within my home. Pentrex has done a wonderful job covering the day to day working of the Circus Trains and Carvival Train. Everything is explained from train sizes, and consist, to locations, loading and unloading in various cities, etc… Movie starts with the Historic Circus Train. Loading along with a review of much of the equipment, to traveling to Milwaukee to unloading followed by the Circus Parade. Highly recommended for all Rail Video collectors to own this movie.

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