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Equipment Roster of the 1979 MONTE CARLO EXPRESS
 
 
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THE MONTE CARLO EXPRESS GOLD UNIT TRAIN
  RBBX Ringling Bros. and Barnam & Bailey Circus Train The 15-car Monte Carlo Express ran only in the 1979 season. It carried the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival Spectacular (Festival International du Cirque de Monte Carlo Spectacular), a one-ring European-style show that played smaller venues in the eastern US. The train was painted silver with a pair of circular 'Cirque' legends on both sides. Small yellow car numbers appeared on the car ends. Seven of the cars needed to form the new train were acquired from Auto-Train in nearby Sanford, FL. This list is a work-in-progress -- and probably always will be. Any additions or corrections, please email.
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1979 RINGLING MONTE CARLO EXPRESS CAR NOTES
220

Flat Car 220 was a TTX-type 89' flat car, formerly North American Car Corp NIFX 8284. The flats carried 8 unnumbered wagons (seven of them former 20' freight containers with wheels added), a rocket cannon, 2 new Clark CT50 tugs, a 40' GMC 6000 passenger bus painted yellow, a Chevy K5 Blazer (former American Freedom Train?), a van, and an all-new Pie Car Jr. Two wagons were for concessions, five were for the Animal Dept, wardrobe, rigging and rubber mats. The eighth wagon held Elvin Bale's Wheel of Death. A semi tractor-trailer accompanied the show to haul the huge backdrop. A concessions van also followed the show. The show had 9 big cat cages.

221

Flat Car 221 was a TTX-type 89' flat car, formerly North American Car Corp NIFX 8283.

222

Flat Car 222 was a TTX-type 89' flat car, formerly North American Car Corp NIFX 8287.

223

Flat Car 223 was a TTX-type bi-level 89' flat car, formerly North American Car Corp NIFX 4025.

230

Stock Car 230 was originally Union Pacific baggage car 6320 built by ACF in 1961. To Penn Central in 1971. To James (Jim) Blum as 6320. To Ringling 230 in 1978. To RBX 93. Scrapped in 1994.

231

Baggage Car 231 was originally Western Pacific baggage car 801 SILVER BEAVER, built by Budd in 1948. To Auto-Train 135, later 1135 and used as a power car. To Ringling 231 and configured as a storage/baggage car. To private owner. To Illinois Railroad Museum.

240
Residential Coach Car 240 was built by PS in 1950 as C&O 2618 CITY OF ALDERSON, a 10-6 sleeper. To ACL VOLUSIA COUNTY in 1950. To SCL 6657 VOLUSIA COUNTY. To Hamburg Industries 6657. To Amtrak 2803 VOLUSIA COUNTY in 1973. To Auto-Train 251 in 1976. Sold to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to become MCC #240.
241
Residential Coach Car 241 was originally NYC 12 br sleeper 10501 PORT BYRON, built by Pullman in 1949. By 1978 it was #148 on the Ringling Blue Train.
242
Residential Coach Car 242 was built by PS in 1953 as L&N 3468 WHISPERING PINE. To Auto-Train 612 in 1974 and used as a dorm. Retired in 1978 and sold to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to become #242 on their Monte Carlo Circus Train of 1979.
243

Residential Coach Car 243 was originally NYNH&H sleeper 536 MONUMNENT BEACH. Sold in September 1969 to LIRR as Class P80E dayroom parlor 2075 SAGTIKOS. Retired in 1975 and sold in circa 1976 to Ringling Brothers, initially as #243 for the Monte Carlo Circus train, later renumbered 461. To Omni Midwest as CTVX 461.

244

Power Car/Pie Car 244 was originally Southern 3312, a 48-seat dining car built by Budd in 1949. Also held the generator for the train's electrical power.

245

Residential Coach Car 245 was built by PS in 1949 as RF&P KING WILLIAM. To Auto-Train 632 in 1976. Retired in 1978 and sold to Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus to become #245 on the Monte Carlo Train of 1979. To Seminole Gulf Railway as GASPARILLA.

246

Residential Coach Car 246 was built by PS in 1953 as L&N 3453 GREEN PINE. To Auto-Train 610 in 1974 and used as a dorm. Retired in 1978 and sold to Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus to become #246 on the Monte Carlo Train of 1979. 

247
Residential Coach Car 247 was built by PS in 1953 as L&N 3464 SHORT LEAF PINE. To Auto-Train 611 in 1974 and used as a dorm. Retired in 1978 and sold to Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus to become #247 on the Monte Carlo Circus Train of 1979. Now at the historic railroad depot in Venice, FL (or soon will be). 
248
Residential Coach Car 248 was built by PS in 1949 as RF&P KING & QUEEEN. To Auto-Train 633 in 1976. Retired in 1978 and sold to Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus to become #248 on their Monte Carlo Circus Train of 1979. 
157
Observation Car Hickory Creek was supposedly used on the tail of the Monte Carlo train, at least for a time. Please email if you know more. Hickory Creek was originally NYC 5 Bedroom Buffet-Lounge-Observation 10570, built by PS in 1948. To NYC 10633. To Ringling and initially used on the Blue Train.
   

In all, there were 15 railcars, 16 if Hickory Creek was used.

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RINGLING 1979 - 1980 MONTE CARLO CIRCUS NOTES
 

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US Show Dates:
Feb 20-25, 1979 World Premier at Providence, RI
Feb 27-28, 1979 Syracuse, NY
March 2-4, 1979 Niagara Falls, NY
March 7-11, 1979 Grand Rapids, MI
March 13-14, 1979 Waterloo, IA
March 16-18, 1979 Columbia, MO
March 20-21, 1979 Owensboro, KY
March 23-25, 1979 Carbondale, IL
March 27-28, 1979 Toledo, OH
March 30-April 1, 1979 Notre Dame, IN
April 10-22, 1979 Chicago, IL
April 3-4, 1979 Dubuque, IA
April 6-8, 1979 Ames, IA
April 24-29, 1979 Cleveland, OH
May 1-6, 1979 Detroit, MI
May 8-9, 1979 Saginaw, MI
May 11-13, 1979 Dayton, OH
May 15-16, 1979 Springfield, MO
May 18-20, 1979 St. Louis, MO
May 22-23, 1979 Jackson, TN
May 25-27, 1979 Johnson City, TN
May 29-30, 1979 Roanoke, VA
June 1-2, 1979 Greensboro, NC
June 4-6, 1979 Richmond, VA
June 8-10, 1979 Greenville, SC
June 12-13, 1979 Savannah, GA
June 15-16, 1979 Macon, GA
June 19-20, 1979 Columbus, GA
June 22-24, 1979 Montgomery, AL
June 27-29, 1979 Hollywood, FL
July 1- Nov 11, 1979 Haines City, FL at Circus World theme park
January 5, 1980 opening date in Perth, Australia
After the US rail tour ended, the show dropped anchor at Circus World in Florida for daily performances through the fall. Then the unit was contracted to perform in Australia (Jan 5 to mid-April 1980) and Japan (16 weeks starting May 16, 1980) before disbanding in the fall of 1980.

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Acknowledgments
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Research resources include: Feld Entertainment, Ray Flores, Joe DeMike. Mr Flores was the first Trainmaster on the 1979 Monte Carlo train, as he was on the 1975-1976 American Freedom Train, where he was known as "Papa Ray" Flores. Little known fact: Flores was also on the beach at Normandy on D-Day. Many thanks to all who have contributed to keeping track of the histories of the equipment of the last circus train! May all your days be circus days.
 
     
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