Train Panoramas

THIS PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION. But feel free to look around.   The first three moving panoramas are from the 19th and early 20th century. They are all "crankie-sized" moving panoramas meaning the scrolls are between 10 and 20 inches high. 

The second three examples uses this train window concept in a type of amusement park ride.

Thank you to independent researcher Suzanne Wray for sending volumes of information to me AND thank you to Erkki Huhtamo, author of the book Illusions in Motion

From London to Paris - A Toy Moving Panorama
This early 20th Century toy moving panorama is wonderfully described by Ralph Hyde, a much beloved moving panorama historian who passed away in June of 2015. He is greatly missed. You will enjoy his sense of humor and insight about this beautifully illustrated scroll. A treasure.

From London to Hong Kong - Moving Panorama

Pyasetsky's Great Sibertian Railway Moving Panorama (1894-1899)

The Trans-Siberian Express at the Paris Universal Exposition of 1900 - A fabulous article written by Arjan den Boer, published Nov. 2014, In 1900, at the Paris Universal Exposition, there were not one, but two moving panoramas of the Trans-Siberian Express. One of the moving panoramas painted by Pavel Piasetsky survives to this day and is housed at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The picture is Pavel Piasetsky with his moving panorama. This is the most panoramic box ever!

Trans-Siberian Railway Moving Panorama


Excerpt from the 1948 movie "Letter From An Unknown Women"
A three minute excerpt from the 1948 movie. It shows a couple in an amusement park where they are taking the train ride. The scenery that is passing by in the window is a bicycle-powered revolving panorama.

Hale's Tours of the World