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Think sunburnt capital and Charles the great.
Think part of a train with a rather large weight.
Think of a wagon but with what added on.
If I amused as I puzzled, that's the art in the con.

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The answer is

carton

Think sunburnt capital and Charles the great.

not entirely sure, possibly referring to Corton / Corton-Charlemagne / Burgundy, though this seems like a stretch

Other possible stretch: Since "great" is not capitalized, you could be referring to Charles Dickens, and this could be referring to Sydney Carton - Sydney being the capital of NSW which is known for bushfires.

Think part of a train with a rather large weight.

car + ton = carton

Think of a wagon but with what added on.

cart + on = carton

If I amused as I puzzled, that's the art in the con.

c art on

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  • $\begingroup$ Think sunburnt capital. - perhaps something to do with Cairo? $\endgroup$ – Paul Evans Mar 1 '16 at 23:04
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe it's Carson City? $\endgroup$ – f'' Mar 1 '16 at 23:30
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    $\begingroup$ The title of the riddle is also a fun clue. $\endgroup$ – user17947 Mar 2 '16 at 4:56
  • $\begingroup$ en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Country. Obscure. Teach me not to post as I'm falling asleep. $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Mar 2 '16 at 6:26
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Just to add a little detail. The first line refers to

Sydney, Australia via the poem My Country

This links to

Sydney Carton, hero of A Tale Of Two Cities by the "great" Charles Dickens.

I wanted to lead with something tricky since the rest of the puzzle was so straightforward. The rest follows as in the accepted answer.

A car is part of a train and a ton is a large weight

The third line is a trick of

Punctuation. A cart is a wagon. With what added? "On."

The last line hammers it home.

By placing "art" in "con" c(art)on

The title

Is the only direct reference to the meaning of the word itself.

The whole thing popped into my head as I was falling asleep so I posted as is.

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