posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 02:12 AM
Went out with a couple of friends chasing after the Ringling Brothers Circus train and another train yesterday. Started out the day intercepting the
circus train trudging along the former Virginian Railway Princeton to Deepwater mainline that now belongs to Norfolk Southern Railway. First shot is
of the circus train, operating under train symbol O47, at it comes around the sweeping curve at Robson, West Virginia.
The second photo is at a place called "DB Junction" at Alloy, West Virginia. Named so after the town that the bridge in the background is located.
Just to give you an idea as to how long this train really is. Half of the train is not even on the bridge in the background.
The third photo in this series was also taken at Alloy as the circus train proceeds through the yard to the crew change point to swap with another
crew that will take this train on down the line. Again, if you look in the background you will see that most of the train is still not off the
After getting word of a southbound train coming towards Nitro, WV. The decision was made to hold off on catching the circus train stow the passenger
cars in the yard at Quincy, WV. Instead, we made our way north to try and intercept this southbound that was coming. As we were passing through
Raymond City, WV, we spotted the train we were after and had to make a quick turn around to try and get back ahead to set up. Needless to say that we
got ahead caught up to him at Poca, WV just in time to get this picture. Looming in the background is the John Amos Power Plant owned by American
After catching the train a few miles down the road at Poca. We decided to head to Nitro and see what kind of shot we could get down there. We are set
up overlooking the tracks next to westbound lanes and westbound entrance ramp to Interstate 64. No we weren't parked on the interstate entrance ramp
itself. We were actually parked on the other side of the tracks and ran up the hill while one of us stayed down at the bottom on the other side.
Once we got back in the car and got moving again after picking the thorns out of our legs from climbing the hill. We stopped right across from the
yard office at Nitro to get our next to last shot there. Here it is setting on the main as the conductor went in to pick up some new paperwork and
some new train order bulletins.
Our last photo from Nitro was at Lock Street as this southbound started making its way towards Charleston to meet up with the circus train.
Guess you could say that we had a very busy day running back and forth across a three county area.