Knowing that this past Sunday's last show for the Ringling Brothers Circus in Charleston, and second to last date of operation, was taking place.
Myself and a couple of friends made the decision to chase the final run of the Ringling Brothers Circus' "Blue Unit" train south over the New York
Central's former "West Virginia Branch" and the "Richest Little Railway In The World" known as the Virginian Railway as they began their journey to
their penultimate shows at Uniondale, New York.
With my good friend and conductor Mike Mullins and the rest of the crew on board. Operating as Kanawha River Railroad train KN39B, a trio of CSX
locomotives lead the last run of the Ringling Brothers Circus' "Blue Unit" south along the Kanawha River Railroad bound for interchange with Norfolk
Southern at Elmore Yard as it passes through Shrewsbury, West Virginia just a few miles outside of Charleston, West Virginia.
Seen just about a half an hour or so after departing Dickinson Yard. The final run of the Ringling Brothers Circus' "Blue Unit" rounds the curve as it
comes into Smithers, West Virginia along the former New York Central.
Passing under the load out for New River Mining. The last run of the Ringling Brothers Circus' "Blue Unit" rolls into Page, West Virginia with the
trio of CSX units in command.
After being relieved with a somewhat fresh crew at Harper, West Virginia The last run of the Ringling Brothers Circus' "Blue Unit" rolls along one of
the few straight stretches along the former Virginian Railway as good friend and engineer Jason Tardy marks his last run on the Kanawha River Railroad
at Metalton, West Virginia.
Heading for a crew change and swap with Norfolk Southern at Elmore Yard on Monday. Operating as Kanawha River Railroad train KN39B, the Ringling
Brothers Circus' "Blue Unit" glides into the curve on the east side of Mullens.
Heading west towards Gilbert and the run towards Bluefield, West Virginia. Norfolk Southern U88, the circus train, is seen coming into Baileysville,
West Virginia as it heads for another crew change at Gilbert Yard.
With only a few miles to go before another crew change for the run to Bluefield. Norfolk Southern train U88, the Ringling Brothers Circus' "Blue
Unit," rolls west along the Guyandotte Branch at Hanover, West Virginia as it passes by some slide detector fencing just east of Gilbert.
Managed to get all the way down to a little spot on the map called Mohawk, West Virginia on the Pocahontas main line to see it one last time after
that marking the end of the Ringling Brothers' past six plus decades of entertaining the citizens of West Virginia. I have plenty of video to go
around and will get to editing everything together tonight. Seeing the last run from Charleston and knowing that all of these performers and equipment
techs will more than likely be out of a job come Sunday night. It was absolutely heartbreaking to experience but yet a great and fun chase at the same
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