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The circus occupies slightly over one square foot at the corner of the layout. More than 250 people and animals were used on this scene.
The Merry-Go-Round is a popular ride
for young and old alike.
Outside, a crowd gathers to watch the Human Cannonball being shot from the cannon mounted on the Human Cannonball Truck.
This silver truck even has flashing lights and a siren! It's just like the real ones! I used a Micro Sonics toy truck for this and added the cannon, customized, and painted it to resemble the Human Cannonball Trucks that were used in the 1940s and 1950s.
There's a Ferris Wheel with multi-color sub-miniature lights and has people in the seats.
The lighted grounds include concession stands, lots of people, elephants, performing show horses, and bears. There are circus wagons, trucks, and trailers. There are more than fifty lights on the circus scene.
I recently added a second tent to the scene. It's the side show tent. The tent includes colorful posters. Spectators gaze at the performers on the stage.
Circus freight cars, lighted circus passenger cars, and two lighted searchlight cars are on an adjacent railroad siding. There's even a "Bill's Circus and Big Show" Box Car that I painted and decorated.
The Merry-Go-Round was recently animated and the Ferris Wheel will be animated soon.
The circus scene has sound now. All the sounds heard at a circus are generated to speakers under the scene.
Visit Bill's Photo Gallery to see more circus scene photos.
Colorful American Flyer S Gauge Circus Set (1950)
American Flyer Horizontal Rules image by Charles Wilber
Circus Trains and Carnival Sites
Micro-Trains N and Z Scale Ringling Bros. Circus Trains
N Scale Circus Items at eBay
K-Line by Lionel O Gauge Circus Train Set
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