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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey & Bailey Circus

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The Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus comes to Chicago each November for a few weeks of performances. You'll find photos here of each car of the 1999 Red Unit consist and the passenger and animal cars of the 1998 Blue Unit consist.

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Circus Train   Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey & Bailey Circus

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Circus Red Unit cars   In Chicago in 1999 (each car of the consist)

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Circus Blue Unit cars   In Chicago in 1998 (each passenger and animal car of the consist)

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Circus 40000 series passenger cars   Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey & Bailey Circus

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Circus 41000 series passenger cars   Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey & Bailey Circus

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Circus 42000 series passenger cars   Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey & Bailey Circus

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Circus 43000 series passenger cars   Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey & Bailey Circus

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Circus Train support cars   Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey & Bailey Circus

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Circus Flat cars   Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey & Bailey Circus

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Circus Bus   Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey & Bailey Circus

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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 8 December 2019 at 11:10. 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.