Illiana Garden Railways Circus Train Day on June 7
By Times Staff
May 27, 2014
VALPARAISO | The Circus comes to town on the Illiana Garden Railway Society's G- Scale "Bull Moose" diorama for one day, June 7. Five Colossal circus trains will run all day long, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be short European style circus trains running alongside their longer American cousins. These circus trains, hauled by mighty turn of the century steam engines and powerful modern diesels locomotives, will arrive and depart from the railway gardens Franville Station every few minutes. A special custom-built mechanical musical circus train, that includes an elephant playfully blowing soap bubbles, will make an appearance too.
For more fun viewing, a Grand Circus Parade with elephants, zebras, giraffes, a calliope and circus wagons, carrying a lion, an ape and a hippopotamus, winds through the downtown streets of Franville. The circus wagons pulled by hefty Clydesdale horse teams, are led by an amazing harnessed pair of Bull Moose. A group of performing clowns on foot and the circus owner in his town car complete the parade. Meanwhile, an assortment of circus gaffers are setting up a single ring circus tent on a sawdust filled back lot away from Franville's downtown. Town folk who have arrived early by car for the days big show watch while an elephant, led by its handler, offloads a another circus wagons from the newly arrived circus train.
The Illiana Railway Garden Railway is located on the Samuelson Greenhouse property at 295 N. Ind. 2. Call (219) 996-6959.