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The Circus Train at Twin City Model Railroad Museum

April 5 - April 29

The (Model) Circus Trains Are Back in Town! 

Check out the Circus Trains during all open hours in April and September at Twin City Model Railroad Museum!

See our popular O-Scale train (over 60’ long) which consists of animal cars, passenger cars, and special circus flat cars, each loaded with hand-made special circus wagons plus a Parade thru “Hamline” and wagon unloading show on the “big” layout.

Additional layouts will each feature Circus trains and / or displays in their own scale.
This event is inspired by Circus World Museum in Baraboo Wisconsin.

Co-sponsors: Ring 80 of Circus Model Builders.

What are Circus Trains?

Circus trains began in the 1870s, by replacing the shows that moved by slow animal-drawn wagons.  Over the years these trains grew in length as the train cars switched from wood to steel construction.  Circus trains typically consisted of three types of cars: large animal cars, flat cars loaded with colorful wagons and passenger cars for the workers and performers.  They were usually found in the train in that order.  Circus cars were generally longer than normal freight cars because the railroads charged by the car & mile.  They were painted very colorful to attract attention.  The greatest number of circus trains operated between 1920 and 1950.  Over those years many merged and others went broke.

Our O-Scale train was inspired by the “Circus World Museum” in Baraboo, Wisconsin. The museum has a very large collection of train cars, wagons, events, and other circus collections for you to see.  Our train features models of many of these wagons faithfully modeled in O-Scale.  O-Scale works out to 1 to 48 and ¼” equals 1 foot.

Our Circus Train reenacts this operation on our large O-scale layout with an operating Circus Train, several displays and a Parade staged in one of our towns.


Admission to this special event is included in the Museum’s regular admission price of $10 per person, Children 4 and under are admitted free of charge. Family and group rates are available!

Dates Museum is Open:

  • Friday, April 05, 2024
  • Saturday, April 06, 2024
  • Sunday, April 07, 2024
  • Monday, April 08, 2024
  • Friday, April 12, 2024
  • Saturday, April 13, 2024
  • Sunday, April 14, 2024
  • Monday, April 15, 2024
  • Friday, April 19, 2024
  • Saturday, April 20, 2024
  • Sunday, April 21, 2024
  • Monday, April 22, 2024
  • Friday, April 26, 2024
  • Saturday, April 27, 2024
  • Sunday, April 28, 2024
  • Monday, April 29, 2024

the circus trains at tcmrm


April 5
April 29
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Twin City Model Railroad Museum
668 Transfer Road Suite 8
St Paul, MN 55114
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