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Timeline for the Ringling Bros. Circus Trains
 
     
 
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May 21, 2017
Uniondale, NY. The last Blue Unit/Out of This World circus performance, bringing the RBBB circus to a close after 146 years.
May 7, 2017
Providence, RI. The last Red Unit/Circus Xtreme circus performance.
March 10, 2017
RBBX circus train car auction. 120 rail cars auctioned.
May 1, 2016
The last RBBB Circus Xtreme performance with Asian elephants. Red Unit in Wilkes-Barre, PA
Oct 25, 2015
The last RBBB Built to Amaze performance with Asian elephants. Blu Unit in Cedar Rapids, IA.
September 28, 2010
The ultimate circus train runs from Speers, WY to Denver, CO -- the RBBB Blue Unit Train with 65 cars, over 6000 tons, over 6000 feet, elephants on board, and pulled by the world's largest operating steam locomotive.
1979
The first and last year for the RBBB Gold Unit Train.
1957-1959
RBBB takes a break from the rails and converts, temporarily, to tractor-trailers.
July 16, 1956
The last RBBB traveling tent show. Hereafter the circus performed only in air conditioned arenas. This was the last RBBB movement by rail until February 1960.
May 1952
Cecil B. DeMille's Oscar-winning film The Greatest Show on Earth debuts in wide release. James Stewart, Charlton Heston and Betty Hutton star. Decades later this is just about the only VHS/DVD movie not allowed on the RBBB trains. The film depicts the wreck of a circus train.
1919
The first performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
1891
The first performance of the Barnum & Bailey Circus.
April 18, 1872
The P. T. Barnum show takes to the rails for the first time.
1871
The first performance of P. T. Barnum's Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan & Hippodrome, just six years after the American Civil War.
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