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Circus train passes through Berks one last time

Ringling Brothers ending 146-year run in May

Circus train passes through Berks one...

WYOMISSING, Pa. - It may not have stopped in Berks County, but the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus still managed to entertain a crowd.

69 News found several people, many with cameras in hand, gathered Monday afternoon along the Norfolk Southern rail line that runs alongside Penn Avenue in Wyomissing.

They were there for a glimpse of what is said to be the last journey through Berks of a Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus train.

The circus' "blue unit" train passed by on its 573-mile trip from its last performance in Trenton, New Jersey, on Sunday to its next show in Richmond, Virginia, on Thursday.

The 56-car train stretches nearly a mile long and carries more than 300 circus performers, staff members and maintenance personnel, as well as their families. Four of the cars are custom-designed for animals.

The crew spends six hours unloading the train and 12 hours setting up the show in each city the circus visits, according to Ringling Brothers.

The circus' "red unit" train also headed for Virginia from Ohio on Monday, for shows in Norfolk and Hampton. From there, it will travel north to Wilkes-Barre for performances April 6 - April 9.

These are the last days for "The Greatest Show on Earth." Feld Entertainment, the circus' parent company, announced in January that the 146-year-old circus will hold its final performances in May.


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