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Miniature Circus Train and Parade Wagons

Miniature Circus Train

For the past 30 years, Bill Klamerus has been creating the Hagene & Klamerus Circus train (Hagene is his mother's maiden name). Klamerus' uncle gave him his first circus wagon when he was 6, and by the time Bill was 10 years old he was crafting his own wagons out of old orange crates.

Almost all of the elements are handmade. Tiny details abound, for instance each and every wheel contains over 70 parts, and the hubs and spokes were made from golf tees. Flea market finds and garage sales have helped to complete the train that carries equipment, performers, band members, roustabouts, and wild animals. More of Bill's handiwork can be seen in his miniature Big Top display.

This train represents the golden age of the traveling circus from 1890 to 1920 and is crafted to the scale of 1/16" = 1" (or 3/4" = 1').

 

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