The Gregarious Railfan
The Circus Trains
Circus Train Facts by Carl Morrison of
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was actually three separate circuses. The Red Unit and the Blue Unit
traveled by rail and the Gold Unit traveled by truck.  The rail units were prize catches for the railfan because they
were so unique and Impressive. All of the personnel, animals, supplies and equipment moved on these trains. The effect
was of a combination passenger, freight and intermodal train combined into one. This page is more a consolidation of as
much information on the web as I can find.  I have never photographed either train but have seen it twice in my non
railfan travels.
Google Images <Clik thumbnails to enlarge>
The Greatest Train On Earth  by Millenniumforce
circus train at Watseka by RENFEMikado
These images were taken by my sister from an expressway near Phoenix
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(CNN) Jan 16, 2017   "The Ringling Bros. circus is closing down after more than 100 years in
operation, according to a press release from Feld Entertainment, which has owned the circus for the
last 50 year   "I have made the difficult business decision that Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
Bailey® will hold its final performances in May of this year," CEO Kenneth Feld said. High operating
costs and the decline of ticket sales "made the circus an unsustainable business for the company,"
Feld said.  And after "the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic
drop" in ticket sales, Feld said.  Before taking the final bow, the Ringling Bros., will perform 30
shows across the United States between now and May. For years, the elephants have been in the
spotlight and their dance routines featured prominently in the shows. But due to mounting criticism
from animal rights groups, the Ringling Bros. phased out the elephant acts entirely."