Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The Road to Providence, RI...

(Circus train sighting on 4/30/07)

for the Ringling Bothers Red Unit Circus Train started out in Philadelphia, headed north on the Trenton Line and is seen here crossing over on to CR's Shared Asset Lehigh Line at Port Reading Jct. near Manville NJ at 7:55. It is seen taking the passing siding as NS 21M was holding the main on this meet. Motive power for CSX 916-30 would be CSX 4715 (SD70MAC) and CSX 5010 (CW44-6) to bring the fifty-eight cars to Worcester, MA. The Red Unit would weigh in at 4,265 tons and was 5,148 feet long. Only two weeks earlier, the Red Unit would be delayed in departing NYC to travel to Philadelphia due to the nor'easter that dumped an estimated eight inches of rain causing extensive flooding in this area. Some of that debris from the flooding can still be seen stuck on the bridge.