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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus 42203

Circus passenger car (Blue Unit)

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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus 42203 passenger car tied-down in the Galewood rail yard, viewed from the Hanson Park station. An empty piggyback flat car can be see in the foreground with the Central Avenue bridge in the background.

(RBBX 42203, RBBX, Circus 42000 series, RBBX Blue Unit, Circus, photographed on 27 November 1998 at Galewood rail yard).     Image size is available.

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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus 42203 Circus passenger car (Blue Unit) tied-down in the Galewood rail yard, viewed from the Hanson Park station. An empty piggyback flat car can be see in the foreground with the Central Avenue bridge in the background.

(RBBX 42203, RBBX, Circus 42000 series, RBBX Blue Unit, Circus, photographed on 27 November 1998 at Galewood rail yard).     Image size is available.

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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus 42203 Circus passenger car (Blue Unit) tied-down in the Galewood rail yard.

(RBBX 42203, Hanson Park station, RBBX, Circus 42000 series, RBBX Blue Unit, Circus, All Metra Stations, Metra MD W, photographed on 27 November 1998 at Galewood rail yard).     Image size is available.

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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus 42203 passenger car beneath the Central Avenue overpass in the Galewood rail yard.

(RBBX 42203, RBBX, Circus 42000 series, RBBX Blue Unit, Circus, photographed on 28 November 1998 at Galewood rail yard).     Image size is available.

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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus 42203 passenger car beneath the Central Avenue overpass in the Galewood rail yard.

(RBBX 42203, RBBX, Circus 42000 series, RBBX Blue Unit, Circus, photographed on 28 November 1998 at Galewood rail yard).     Image size is available.

Former coach Amtrak 5270, ex-SCL 5270, built by Pullman-Standard in 1955. Assigned to Amtrak Chicago trains in July 1977. [courtesy of Amtrak (unofficial) 1978-1979 Annual, Craig T. Anderson, Rail Transportation Archives, San Francisco, 1978, p. 124.]

RBBX 42203: RBBB car type coach, carbon steel car body (SC), built in 1955 by Pullman as Seaboard Coast Line 5270, acquired by RBBB in 1989 from Amtrak 5270, numbered RBBX 42203. In 1999 it was located with the Blue Unit with house number 180. [Source: 1999 Circus Train Consist list, Domestic Transportation Department, Feld Entertainment, Inc., Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Combined Shows Inc., revised 7/12/99, printed 10/13/99.]

Correction: RBBX 42203 was built as Seaboard Air Line 6240. [courtesy of Jack Deasy, Alexandria (Virginia), December 1999.]

Former coach Amtrak 5270, ex-SCL 5270, built by Pullman-Standard in 1955. Assigned to Amtrak Chicago trains in July 1977. [courtesy of Amtrak (unofficial) 1978-1979 Annual, Craig T. Anderson, Rail Transportation Archives, San Francisco, 1978, p. 124.]

Car markings on RBBX 42203: Circus Blue Train 1998 house number 180. [November 1998]

Equipment characteristics of RBBX 42203: AAR car type M530 (M-O-W, Scale, Passenger, Caboose, and End-of-train information systems), plate type B, tare weight 131,500 pounds, total gross weight allowed 220,000 pounds, load limit 88,500 pounds, external dimensions (length 85' 6", width 10' 6", height 14' 0"). [courtesy of BNSF Equiptment Characteristics, October 1999]

Railcar fleet details for RBBX 42203: Maintenance of Way, Scale, Passenger, Caboose and End-of-Train, Mechanical Designation: PS; Outside Length: 85 ft 6 in; AAR Car Type Code: M530; Outside Extreme Width: 10 ft 6 in; Outside Extreme Height: 14 ft 0 in; Height of Extreme Width: 7 ft 0 in; Plate Clearance: B; Draft Gear: 5; Tare Weight: 131,500 lbs. [courtesy of CSXT Railcar Fleet Details, November 1999]

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