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Circus Blue Unit cars

In Chicago in 1998 (each passenger and animal car of the consist)

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While the Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Blue Unit train was in Chicago in 1998 I was able to photograph each passenger and large animal car of the train. However, none of the vehicle flat cars were photographed. There are several photos of many cars, taken from various angles. Of the cars photographed, in 1999 the Blue Unit train consist was almost the same, with only one passenger car having been replaced.

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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus 60006   Circus large animal car (Blue Unit)

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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus 60010   Circus large animal car (Blue Unit)

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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus 60011   Circus baggage car (Blue Unit)

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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus 60014   Circus large animal car (Blue Unit)

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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus 60017   Circus large animal car (Blue Unit)

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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus 63001   Circus Pie car (Blue Unit)

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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus 63005   Circus Power car (Blue Unit)

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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus 84801   Circus container car (Blue Unit)

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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus 84802   Circus container car (Blue Unit)

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Roster of RBBB cars
Train Consist of RBBB cars
History of RBBB cars
Year Built of RBBB cars
Year Acquired of RBBB cars
Builders of RBBB cars


The Red Unit train and the Blue Unit train alternate years on their routes and change their programming (and performers) on a two-year cycle. The Blue Unit train appeared in Chicago in November of 1998 and is scheduled to return in November of 2000. The Red Unit train appeared in Chicago in November of 1999 and is scheduled to return in November of 2001.

The official Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus Web site is located at http://www.ringling.com. A brief discussion of circus life on the road is presented at http://www.ringling.com/onstage/road/town/. The Web site of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is located at http://www.ringling.org.

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Chicago Rail Photographs collection updated 7 January 2023 at 22:59. Photographs and text copyright © 1998-2000 Harold A. Driscoll, All Rights Reserved. Email address is provided exclusively for personal contact, but emphatically not for use for SPAM net.abuse.