On the Road with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey CircusAdd to Lightbox Download
Elephants disembark the train on a break to stretch their legs on the train ride between Richmond, VA and Washington DC.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus started in 1919 when the circus created by James Anthony Bailey and P. T. Barnum merged with the Ringling Brothers Circus. Currently, the circus maintains two circus train-based shows, the Blue Tour and the Red Tour, as well as the truck-based Gold Tour. Each train is a mile long with roughly 60 cars: 40 passenger cars and 20 freight. Each train presents a different "edition" of the show, using a numbering scheme that dates back to circus origins in 1871 — the first year of P.T. Barnum's show.
- Stephanie Sinclair
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