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Posted 15 January 2017 - 12:06 PM

I thought they were the last traveling circus to run its own circus train.

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 01:40 PM

Unrelated to rail travel but related to Ringling Brothers, there was a story on the news in the past week about the first ever female ring-master (ring-mistress?) for the circus. It looks like it will be a short tenure for her.



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Posted 15 January 2017 - 01:55 PM

Attention 60 Mass!!!!

Budd equipment in good shape soon to be up for Sale when the Circus, Trains quit rolling! 😎😊
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Posted 15 January 2017 - 03:19 PM

I got to see the circus train while leaving Boston on the LSL in October.


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Posted 15 January 2017 - 05:58 PM

I'll miss seeing circus trains but I honestly couldn't care less about missing a bunch of wild animals traveling in captivity.  I have no problem spending lots of money on Cirque du Soleil and Broadway type shows.  Maybe they should have tried something like that instead.

 

Attention 60 Mass!!!! Budd equipment in good shape soon to be up for Sale when the Circus, Trains quit rolling!

 

From what I remember those cars have been been heavily modified for circus use and would have to be gutted and remodeled in order to enter revenue service again.  VIA probably knows how to get that kind of work done and if Amtrak really wanted them they could possibly use them for crew rest cars as-is.  That being said, if these cars have any sort of future it's probably limited to private ownership by people looking to spend money rather than make it.


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Posted 15 January 2017 - 06:50 PM

Those circus train cars have  been heavily remodeled, I doubt if it would be worthwhile to spend money to get them into shape for inter-city use.  They're not exactly steamliner quality. They also have been hauling the circus around for years and probably have accumulated a lot more miles than Amtrak's Heritage fleet. 

 

It's also quite sad that a almost century and a half tradition is coming to an end. But the handwriting was on the walls for quite a while. The circus was old-fashioned, designed for an era before television and other electronic devices brought the wonders of the world into our living room. 



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Posted 15 January 2017 - 10:55 PM

I'll miss seeing circus trains but I honestly couldn't care less about missing a bunch of wild animals traveling in captivity.  I have no problem spending lots of money on Cirque du Soleil and Broadway type shows.  Maybe they should have tried something like that instead.


They did. It was a one-ring show in an actual tent called Kaleidiscape that ran for a year and got canned. It didn't go heavy on the animal acts. The director was a Cirque du Soleil alum.

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 11:29 PM

 

I'll miss seeing circus trains but I honestly couldn't care less about missing a bunch of wild animals traveling in captivity.  I have no problem spending lots of money on Cirque du Soleil and Broadway type shows.  Maybe they should have tried something like that instead.


They did. It was a one-ring show in an actual tent called Kaleidiscape that ran for a year and got canned. It didn't go heavy on the animal acts. The director was a Cirque du Soleil alum.

 

I never even heard about it but it sounds like my kind of thing.  I probably would have gone if I had known about it. 


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Posted 18 January 2017 - 10:06 PM

Actually not a lot of Budd cars. It's mostly AC&F ex UP cars. But all in decent shape with current CO&TS, HEP. So good cars for a conversion to a PV at a low cost. And all should be Amtrak certified seeing Amtrak moves it on the corridor.

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 07:50 PM

A performer waves farewell from the Blue Unit Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus train northbound at Thomasville, NC Feb 6, 2017.

 

While I am certainly not in favor of mistreating animals, I am deeply saddened that RB and B&B was not able to evolve beyond the animal acts and survive. The United States will be just a little darker without Ringling Brothers and its' glorious trains.

 

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 01:34 AM

VIA would be a good user for the cars, I agree, especially if their Corridor improvement plans generate pressure to add frequencies to the Canadian (and/or they have a desire to ditch the remaining Rens...they should have enough coaches for the Ocean, but sleepers are another story).

 

In Amtrak's case, I'd go for the equipment but I'd run it "captive" on a single city pair with a lot of spare stuff sitting at either end (likely looking to retrofit it to something along the lines of a 10-4-1 layout)...I'd probably be presuming 50-60% utilization, though that rate on 60 sleepers is still 30-36 cars (which would be enough to re-equip the NYP-MIA or NYP-CHI services and add capacity).  TBH the issues with CAF have been such that doing so might well make sense.  The real question would be the net cost of both acquiring and retrofitting the equipment (I've generally presumed somewhere in the $500-750k range on the basis of what a PV retrofit usually costs).


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Posted 27 February 2017 - 01:24 AM


 

I'll miss seeing circus trains but I honestly couldn't care less about missing a bunch of wild animals traveling in captivity.  I have no problem spending lots of money on Cirque du Soleil and Broadway type shows.  Maybe they should have tried something like that instead.

They did. It was a one-ring show in an actual tent called Kaleidiscape that ran for a year and got canned. It didn't go heavy on the animal acts. The director was a Cirque du Soleil alum.
 
I never even heard about it but it sounds like my kind of thing.  I probably would have gone if I had known about it. 
It lost money. Which is why it didn't last, and wasn't duplicated. Once they got great critical reviews in NYC, it got shut down. This is ironic, as Soleil only built in success in its early incarnation after critical acclaim in L.A. But, Feld (owners of Ringling and Barnum names) had proven what was set out to accomplish (that such a show could be produced by their company and be good) then shifted the performers to the traditional units, to be highlighted where a profit could be turned.

Of course, there is, again, a Ringling produced show on the road. But not under that name (as it was long ago sold.) Instead, a Ringling descendant bought another show.

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