When I was a little girl I hated the three ring circus. There was just too much going on for me to concentrate on any one particular ring. Also, I used to think that clowns were a separate species...men, women, children, clowns. I felt sorry for the caged animals. The tight rope walkers made me worry, but those trapeze artists sent me to knew heights. I loved the way they flew through the air with the greatest of ease. If I could have, I would have swung higher and higher from the trapeze bar and then dropped into the safety net below.
Do you like the circus?
- Ringling Bros. is divided into two simultaneously traveling unit trains: the Red Unit and the Blue Unit.
- Maximum train speed is 60 miles per hour.
- The stock cars, for the elephants and other animals, ride directly behind the locomotive where the ride is the smoothest.
- Individual stock car water tanks and electrical
generators provide continuous water and power supply while the stock cars are
separated from the coaches for unloading.
Special Accommodations for Animals
Ringling Bros. stock cars are specially designed and custom-built to meet the needs of each animal species. Elephants face each other in railcars and are tethered for their safety and that of their handlers. At each venue, elephants disembark the train and are led by their handler to the venueÕs animal facility, where they remain for the duration of the stay in each town. All elephants will then board the train right before the circus leaves for the next town.
The elephant stock cars have the following special design elements: