Circus Train Makes Last Trips

The circus trains of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus are no more.

The show came to an end on May 22, 2017, after 146 years in operation with the final performance being staged at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island, New York.

The next day the 60-car Red Train operated for the last time. It was assembled in the afternoon at Garden City, Long Island, on the Long Island Rail Road’s Mitchell Field Secondary.

That night it moved to Harold interlocking in Long Island City, Queens, for interchange with Amtrak.

Subsequently, the train was moved from Harold, under the East River, through New York Penn Station and the Hudson River tunnels via Secaucus Junction to its final destination of Conrail’s Oak Island Yard.

At Oak Island, 40 passenger cars that previously had been sold to new owners were removed from the consist.  The new owners will have 30 days to remove the Ringling Bros. symbols and re-stencil them.

The remainder of the train, mostly of flat cars, left Oak Island before dawn on May 24 and moved over CSX to set-off points at Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and Jacksonville, Florida. Cars now sold are expected to be scrapped.

A similar process played out earlier in May with the blue train, which gave its last performances in New England.

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