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Equipment Roster of the Ultimate Circus Train -- September 28, 2010
Blue Unit 140th Edition
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THE ULTIMATE CIRCUS TRAIN
  RBBX Ringling Bros. and Barnam & Bailey Circus Train On September 28, 2010, history was made as the ultimate circus train rode the rails between Speers, Wyoming and Denver, Colorado. The world's largest operating steam locomotive pulled the world's longest private train. The Ringling portion of the train was 61 cars long. The Union Pacific added four cars of their own, including a dome car (a first for a circus train?), for a total of 65 cars. The train weighed over 6000 tons and stretched nearly 6100 feet. There are only 5280 feet in a mile. Duty for pulling this massive train was turned over to the world's largest operational steam locomotive -- Union Pacific Challenger #3985. The Ringling/UP train, for now, remains the longest and heaviest train pulled by a steam locomotive in the 21st century.
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Sept 28, 2010 UNION PACIFIC LOCOMOTIVE NOTES
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Union Pacific Challenger Steam Locomotive 3985 was built in 1943 by ALCo in Schenectady, New York. The locomotive was one of 105 articulated 4-6-6-4 Challenger-type locomotives produced for the Union Pacific. Only two remain. The locomotive was retired in about 1962 and restored to operation in 1981 and was, at the time it pulled the Ringling train, the world's largest operating steam locomotive. Its home base is Cheyenne, WY.

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Union Pacific Water Tender UPP 809 JIM ADAMS carried the American flag on its sides. It was built in 1937 for steam locomotives in the 800 series. Converted to a fuel tender in 1958 for Union Pacific’s gas-turbine electric locomotives. Retired in 1970, the tender went to Los Angeles for use as a stationary fuel tank, becoming UP 907856 in 1972. Assigned to the UP Heritage Fleet in 1989 and moved to Cheyenne to become an auxiliary water car for steam locomotives 844 and 3985. Renumbered UPP 809 in 2003.

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Union Pacific Water Tender UPP 814 JOE JORDAN was built in 1937 for steam locomotives in the 800 series. Converted to a fuel tender in 1958 for Union Pacific’s gas-turbine electric locomotives. Retired in 1970, the tender went to Los Angeles for use as a stationary fuel tank, becoming UP 907857 in 1972. Assigned to the UP Heritage Fleet in 1989 and moved to Cheyenne to become an auxiliary water car for steam locomotives 844 and 3985. Renumbered UPP 814 in 2003.

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Union Pacific Diesel-Electric Locomotive 7369 was built by GE, an ES44AC diesel electric locomotive. It was part of the train to provide protection in case there were any issues with the steam locomotive, a common practice on steam excursions.

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Sept 28, 2010 UNION PACIFIC CAR NOTES
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UPP 6334 Maintenance Tool Car ART LOCKMAN was originally Union Pacific 6334, built in 1962 by St. Louis Car. Retired in 1971, it became Roadway Tool Car 904304 for the UP in 1973. Assigned to the UP stem program in 1981, the car was restored to become Storage Car ART LOCKMAN in 1991.
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UPP 209 Boiler Car HOWARD FOGG was built in 1949 by ACF as UP baggage-dormitory No. 6006. Converted to boiler-baggage-dorm #304 in 1962. Converted to boiler-dorm-HEP (Head End Power) in 2000. Renumbered 209 in 1987. Assigned to the UP's Heritage Fleet in 1990. Named Howard Fogg in 1996 after the passing of the renowned railroad artist. The car has also been outfitted with an electric generator.
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UPP 5818 Concession Car REED JACKSON was originally Union Pacific 5818, a postal mail storage car, built by St. Louis Car in 1960. Retired in 1970, the car became MoW 903679 in 1972. Renumbered 904828 in 1980, then 904306 (2nd) in 1986. To the UP steam program in 1990, renumbered UPP 5818 SHERMAN HILL in 1992 and used as a concessions car. To UPP REED JACKSON in 2009. Named in memory of Reed Jackson, a UP conductor and member of the steam program. Carried a large graphic congratulating the National Model Railroad Association on 75 years.
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UPP 7001 Dome Coach Car COLUMBINE was built by ACF in 1955 as UP 7001. To Auto-Train 701 in 1973. To A. J. Daniels at AT auction in Dec 1981. To Kansas City Southern in 1981 and numbered 21. To Northern Railcar. To Union Pacific in 1990. Rebuilt and named UPP 7001 COLUMBINE (2nd) in 1992.
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Sept 28, 2010 RINGLING BLUE UNIT CIRCUS CAR NOTES

 

 

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Note that RBBX numbers were fixed, but House Numbers and Unit colors (Red or Blue) could change. These were the House Numbers on the Blue Unit cars on September 28, 2010.

The elephant stock cars, normally very near the locomotives, were placed well back in the train, far from the commotion surrounding the steam locomotive.

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RBBX 63005 Porter Shop / Generator Car (House Number 200)
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RBBX 40014 Residential Coach Car (199)
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RBBX 42005 Residential Coach Car (198)
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RBBX 42009 Ringmaster's Quarters Residential Coach Car (197)
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RBBX 42006 Trainmaster's Quarters Residential Coach Car (196)
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RBBX 42011 Residential Coach Car (195)
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RBBX 41402 Residential Coach Car (194)
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RBBX 40013 Residential Coach Car (193)
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RBBX 43012 Residential Coach Car (192)
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RBBX 41312 Residential Coach Car (191)
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RBBX 41404 Residential Coach Car (190)
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RBBX 42013 Clown Alley Residential Coach Car (189)
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RBBX 41316 Residential Coach Car (188)
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RBBX 40010 Residential Coach Car (187)
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RBBX 41307 Residential Coach Car (186)
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RBBX 41317 Residential Car (185)
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RBBX 41304 Residential Coach Car (184)
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RBBX 41310 Residential Coach Car (183-1/2)
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RBBX 42001 Residential Coach Car (183)
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RBBX 63007 Generator Car (182)
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RBBX 63010 Pie Car (181)
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RBBX 40011 Residential Coach Car (180)
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RBBX 42015 Residential Coach Car (179)
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RBBX 42016 Residential Coach Car (178)
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RBBX 43003 Residential Coach Car (177)
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RBBX 42010 Residential Coach Car (176)
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RBBX 41309 Residential Coach Car (175)
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RBBX 41308 Residential Coach Car (174)
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RBBX 43009 Residential Coach Car (173)
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RBBX 40006 Residential Coach Car (172)
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RBBX 40007 Residential Coach Car (171)
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RBBX 41405 Residential Coach Car (170)
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RBBX 42103 Residential Coach Car (169)
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RBBX 41301 Kitchen Lounge Residential Coach Car (168)
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RBBX 40016 Residential Coach Car (167)
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RBBX 60001 Shop Car (166)
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RBBX 63009 Elephant Stock Car (1)
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RBBX 60006 Elephant Stock Car (2)
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RBBX 60010 Elephant Stock Car (3)
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RBBX 60017 Elephant Stock Car (4)
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RBBX 84801 Concessions Car
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RBBX 84802 Concessions Car
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RBBX 84713 Flat Car
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RBBX 80708 Flat Car
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RBBX 85703 Flat Car
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RBBX 80711 Flat Car
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RBBX 80704 Flat Car
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RBBX 80710 Flat Car
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RBBX 80702 Flat Car
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RBBX 80703 Flat Car
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RBBX 80713 Flat Car
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RBBX 84707 Flat Car
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RBBX 85702 Flat Car
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RBBX 84704 Flat Car
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RBBX 84706 Flat Car
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RBBX 84717 Flat Car
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RBBX 80718 Flat Car
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RBBX 80707 Flat Car
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RBBX 80712 Flat Car
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RBBX 80705 Flat Car
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RBBX 80704 Flat Car
   
 
     
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