The Great Siberian was an  train ride that  utilized illusion over true movement. Visitors entered a Moscow railroad station and boarded  one of  four real Pullman  cars behind a locomotive;  but the train didn’t move forward. Whistles blared,
engines roared, cars shook,  while passengers viewed layered rolling murals that accentuated the depth of  the Russian countryside such as:  Irkoutsk and Manchuria.  Invisible  blowers shot Russian air at the passengers to heightened the motion and reality. `Stops’ were made in various cities where passengers could disembark and mingle with  Russian actors.   

Upon the final stop, passengers would  get off  and  for an additional 10 cents, visit a Russian Village. There,  actors performed  a wedding ceremony and showcased local music. Featured was a popular performance by the Russian Dance Troupe of 40 persons (for  an additional charge).

Exhibit Statictics:

Building cost: 32,000 dollars
Price of Admission-   25 cents adults 15 cents children
Exhibition Profit-       85,310.30  dollars
additional 10 cents for Russian Village
add.  25 cents adult/15 children cents for Dance troupe

Lee  Gaskins'   AT THE FAIR  The 1904 St. Louis World's   Fair 
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