Thursday, August 16, 2007

Circus Train

This is the cover of a pamphlet given to David to tell him how to handle the circus train. There are actually two trains, a red unit and a blue unit.
This photo was taken by a photographer when they moved 10 Asian elephants from the train station to Staples Center in L.A. for the weekend performances.
A couple of days ago David brought the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailet Circus Train from L.A. to Bakersfield. It was on it's way to Oakland. He was provided the following interesting information concerning the train:

There are 58 cars total
4 occupied stock cars
33 occupied coach cars
2 container cars
19 equipment flat cars

The 58 car train is 5,128 feet long and weighs 4,265 tons. There were over 300 performers, clowns, acrobats, tightrope walkers, animal trainers, flyers, management and support personnel, along with over 50 animals aboard, including elephants, horses, tigers, and various exotic animals. Most of the personnel travel and live on the train, and travel days are day off.

5 comments:

David & Amanda said...

Looks like fun! I went to the same show when it came to Albuquerque--ours was the Gold tour though, and they came into town by Winnebagos...there were like 80 in the parking lot! Was that a first for David...driving lions and elephants?!

CHERIE & DAVID said...

David has been engineer on two previous circus trains, one red and one blue.

jlbunting.com said...

so it really is possible to run away and join the circus? sounds like fun.

lacey said...

Once again- totally informed and a wealth of knowledge! I will let Tanner know to watch for the Circus Train. It really is a REAL thing.

Eliza said...

What a cool gig! We only get the VERY cootie infested cicus in Amarillo.