Cole Brothers Circus Train
Unloading the circus train was hard work . . . the video Circus People, 1950 let’s you see what had to be done to get the Big Top ready.
It’s Sunday. Here’s what you might have been doing today if you were part of the big show a few generations ago.
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After WWII, circuses no longer used horses to pull the wagons off the train. The use of tractors and Mack trucks became common on the circuses. This usually occured when there was a step hill or down grade.
Most all circus wagons had a mechanical brake that was used for slowing the wagon on a down grade, also they would set the brakes when parked. This is not to say it could not be done with horses, but it would take one more man on the wagon, teamster and a brakemen. Two men on a wagon, unless it was a parade was very rare.