ACLfan wrote:The train usually arrives in town around 5 to 8 days prior to the beginning of each show period. Ringling's customary practice is to divide the train into two sections for each performance stop. The cars with the circus performers are usually set out on a siding with good transportation access to the location of the performance (Dunkin Donuts), while the cars with the performing animals are taken to a more remote location where the animals can be walked and "acclimated" to their new surroundings prior to the start of the shows. Then, they may (or not) be moved to a more convenient location to the performances.
That wasn't the case in Atlantic City, where the circus was located prior to Providence. The train arrived Monday for a Wednesday first performance. In previous years the entire train was parked near the venue, but this year the local railroad didn't have enough room (business is too good right now), so the equipment and animal cars were parked near the venue for the traditional parade from the train to the circus, and the employees' portion of the train was stored at a remote location, with chartered bus service providing transportation to the venue.
Circus train from Philly to Atlantic City; CSX train to Winslow Junction:
Equipment and animal cars to Pleasantville (next to Atlantic City) conveyed by Southern Railroad of NJ:
That's right, the SRNJ GE U18B is in P&W livery because it was recently purchased from the P&W.
The employee half of the train was stored on the Cape May Seashore Lines in tuckahoe, NJ.
CSX took it back to Winslow Junction for the trip to Providence.