posted on May, 4 2017 @ 12:38 AM
Well, part one of the last stop for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Charleston, West Virginia is over with. After getting word a
few moons ago that the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus was closing its doors after its first two shows in May. A few friends of mine and
myself decided that it would be the opportune time to get the last run up the former Virginian Railway's Princeton - Deep Water mainline and the
former New York Central's "West Virginia Branch now operated by the Kanawha River Railroad for its final run to Charleston.
On a lush and green sunny day this past Tuesday running about an hour behind its scheduled 9AM departure. With a trio of CSX units in charge, the last
circus train is seen pulling down the "Virginia Main" for a crew change with the Kanawha River Railroad as it pulls into Elmore Yard just outside of
Heading west for Deep Water along the former Virginian Railway. Cruising through coal country for the last time on the way to Charleston. CSX 3333
leads the last run of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus past an old concrete milepost sign leftover from the Virginian Railway.
Just a few minutes after changing crews at Elmore Yard in Mullens. Northbound, railroad west, circus train KN38 is seen gliding over the small
community of Slab Fork as it crosses one of the massive trestles built by the Virginian Railway, the brainchild of Henry Huddleston Rogers and William
Nelson Page, during the early 20th Century.
Making its way towards Charleston on its final northward journey over the Virginian Railway. The circus train is seen passing over Loop Creek at
Robson on one of the many small bridges on the line between Deep Water and Mullens.
With a fresh crew onboard for the run to Charleston. The last run of the circus train is seen making its way to the north end of Dickinson Yard to set
off the passenger coaches for the yard crew to spot over on the shop tracks.
After waiting for the passenger coaches to be spotted by the KN30. A pair of WATCO locomotives are seen as they pull out of one of the yard tracks to
begin spotting the passenger coaches over on the shop tracks at Dickinson Yard.
After dropping off the passenger coaches at Dickinson Yard for one last time. Kanawha River Railroad train KN30 cruises into Charleston to spot the
equipment flats in what's left of the former Baltimore & Ohio rail yard.
As a trio of CSX locomotives look onward as the circus crew begins to unload the train at Ruffner Avenue. The sun starts to set on the day of the
circus train's last run to Charleston.