Florida Farm Getting Circus Train Cars

A fleet of former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Train cars has found a home at an educational farm in Florida.

Owners of the Kirby Family Farm in north-central Florida said in a news release that it has agreed to take an unspecified number of the cars.

The public is invited to watch them arrive starting at 9 a.m. on Feb. 24. Cranes will lift the cars from a nearby siding to the Kirby Family Farm tracks.

The farm has acquired coaches and flat cars that once helped move the self-proclaimed “Greatest Show on Earth” from town to town.

Once the cars are delivered, the farm will use the equipment as a railroad history display.

Long-term plans are to use the coaches as dorms for overnight experiences and camps for children.

Kirby Family Farm is a 501c3 not-for-profit facility specializing in caring for at-risk and special needs children.

“This is a national treasure and a signature exhibit for our historic railroad collection, we can’t wait to share the history and lessons with all the children that come through our organization, and our guests as well,” said Daryl Kirby, co-founder of Kirby Family Farm in a statement. “We have to thank Feld Entertainment, CSX, U.S. Sugar, and so many others for making this happen.”

Before the circus train was retired in May 2017, it was the longest and most-recognized, privately owned train in the world.

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